The sun was setting, the light dawning upon us – ‘So that’s it then?’ she asked in absolute numbness.
‘I believe so’, I nodded and sat down beside her.
‘It had been long anyway’, she looked down at the rock under her shoe. It was a funny thing. Many things drowned with the sun, but we were a poignant kind of happy. She rested her hand on my knee and we talked about everything we had been through together.
‘No more books and canteens then’, I laughed. I realized that as soon as we get up and begin to walk, we will be on a different journey, and this would be over.
‘It’s like the end of an era’ she did not sound happy, but she had always known that it had to end. Both of us knew. We could either be sad or be welcoming.
‘It will never be the end’ I comforted her.
We got up and began to walk. I sighed, it was almost pitch dark. I looked at her, and she at me. It was all over and both of us had accepted it. We are going to lead a different life now.
‘That rock looks great on you’, I wrapped my arm around her shoulder.
‘Thanks, on you too. I think I have a better choice than you’, she laughed.
‘I think I made the best choice’, I whispered. We had finally begun our new lives – together.