"I like trains." Zeke told Caitlin who thought the sleep car was just a bit claustrophobic. He thought the bed was comfy though. "We'll be OK."
So she turned to her side, but he doubted she slept. He held her, but she was restless.
"So, they know we're coming." He hoped she'd called, like she said.
"Uh-huh." But she made it sound so helpless.
"We'll be fine." He found himself saying.
"Just shut up." She said ever so quietly, but she held on to his hand as if that was all she needed.
It would be weird meeting her parents. She was their only child. He felt they would have been more concerned about her. Not letting her go so quickly. He couldn't imagine what had happened. But then again, maybe he was just too close to his mother.
He wondered what Caitlin would have thought if she'd been there for Christmas. How his Mom was around him. Zeke remembered. He was going to call his Mom today, but he forgot. Perhaps, he'd planned it that way. First, he wanted to see how it went with her parents. He might need his mother more. They might need her more, if this didn't go well with her parents.
He hated the waiting. He doubted he slept a wink. But soon enough he fell asleep. If only, he could sleep for the both of them.