Kiera settled at an uncomfortable angle, the sandpapery red roofing snagging her polyester disco clothing and preventing her from sliding over the nearby edge of the three-story row house.
"Sure. I think everyone does," Kiera answered.
"It doesn't really suck," Evelyn sang in such a happy voice that Kiera rolled her eyes.
Kiera managed a hurt tone and rolled on her side to frown at her blurry best friend of fifteen years.
"You're so cute, and so funny, Kiera," she sighed, and giggled again.
Kiera was quiet and flopped onto her back.
"I'm not interested," Kiera said.
"I don't know," Kiera answered.
"I bet they'd be ruled by spiders the size of your car," Kiera said with a shudder.
I'll take care of your house while you're gone, Kiera offered.
"I'm not sure," Kiera murmured, hovering at the edge of sleep.
Kiera dreamt of a planet filled with spiders and dinosaurs and awoke in her bed a couple of hours later to the soft sound of her alarm clock going off.
Kiera scowled at the closed door.
The fact that he worshiped the ground Evelyn walked on and took care of her made Kiera jealous.
Kiera took her usual chair, and Romas ruffled her hair as he passed her.
"You didn't come to the party last night," Kiera said as she helped herself to eggs before Romas could fill her plate.
They exchanged a heated look so intense Kiera blushed.
"Wh … bu… ah …" Kiera stuttered.
Stunned, Kiera tried to figure out what to say as they both looked expectantly at her.
Kiera found she truly was happy for her, though her own happiness was clouded by a sense of sadness and yearning.
Kiera frowned, concerned by his silence.
Kiera stared at him.
"Good to see you, Kiera!" he said, rising to kiss her cheek.
Thrilled, Kiera looked over the paperwork outlining her first sales.
"You're leaving me," Kiera said.
Kiera asked, thinking hard.
Kiera asked with a frown.
"That's not really normal though," Kiera said.
"Yes, but I'm happy here with my video games and painting," Kiera reminded her.
"I don't know," Kiera said after a pause.
"I know it's far, Kiera," Evelyn said, frowning in disappointment.
Kiera doubted she would change her mind but decided to humor her happy friend.
I feel like I'm in a good place with all that, Kiera said.
Kiera had suspected Romas to be independently wealthy by his complete lack of concern for being anywhere but with Evelyn for the last three months.
"I'll miss you," Kiera said.
Kiera rolled her eyes.
Evelyn bolted for the stairwell, unwilling to allow anyone but Kiera to see her without make-up, while Kiera went to the door.
Kiera sought an explanation, recalling he was not familiar with most slang despite his mastery of English.
Kiera shook her head, perplexed by their odd invitation to stay with them.
Evelyn made it sound permanent, as though Kiera would just pick up and leave for another country.
The next two days passed quickly as Kiera helped Evelyn set up her sudden wedding.
Evelyn handled it all with cheerfulness while Kiera stressed over the shade of flowers clashing with the décor, and the cake containing nuts, which Romas was allergic to.
The newlyweds spent the night at a local luxury hotel-- also an arrangement made by Kiera-- and she was left alone in the row house full of boxes.
Kiera had never seen anyone so happy.
Kiera glanced around again, shook her head, and crawled into bed.
Kiera rose and trotted down to her studio, happy to see the movers had left her studio alone.
Settling Kiera on a grey slab bench, the first man straightened and motioned the other over.
Kiera hadn't wanted to come, even for the proposed week.
Evelyn knew-- and Romas assured her-- Kiera would be fine.
She had to bring Kiera with her.
Kiera would freak when she saw the cats.
"You leave Kiera alone," she ordered sternly.
You know Kiera well enough.
"Take me to Kiera," she said.
She was doing what she thought was best for her friend, and Kiera would hate that.
That Kiera would have her ocean, sky, and grass on the new planet?
Kiera was cursing and shouting.
Kiera was yelling at it, her blue eyes large and wild.
Evelyn would've laughed had Kiera not appeared so terrified and bewildered.
The warriors made no move to corner the critter or even calm Kiera down.
He grabbed Kiera with the other arm and flung her over his shoulder.
"Kiera, it's okay, just calm-- " "Evelyn!"
Kiera babbled the entire time, convinced it was a dream.