In the backseat, Anna was stuck with gaping-mouthed sleepers, and while she could hear that Kelly and Evan were talking in the front seat, she couldn’t hear what they were saying with the wind outside and the snoring inside and the Jason Mraz coming in over the radio.
So she imagined that it was Eric sitting beside her instead of Grace asleep, and instead of straining to hear and participating in the conversation in the cockpit, she imagined that she and Eric were talking.
“How come you didn’t say hello?” she imagined asking.
“How come you didn’t say hello?” she imagined him replying.
She didn’t know what to say.
“I said I’d like to be friends,” Eric went on. “Why do you have to make so much of everything?”
“I’m not,” Anna answered. “Be nicer. Say something sweet.”
“I miss your hands,” she made him say. “Friends can hold hands, right?”
“Let’s not be friends,” Anna told him. “You like me, and I like you, so let’s forget that we want entirely different things in life.”
“No,” Eric said. “I know now that all I want is to be with you, and it doesn’t matter what that looks like.”
Anna laughed out loud, and Evan turned around to see what was so funny.