Hattie thought she heard arguing. Mostly, Timo. No one else. She'd just gotten off work and rushed back to see him first. There was good news. At least she thought. She tapped on his door. He let her in.
"Who were you talking to?" She looked around and saw his dog asleep, next to his bed.
"Oh, just arguing with Izzy." Timo flashed a smile. "She can be a real bitch, sometimes."
Hattie guessed it was a joke, but the dog didn't budge. "Hey, their hiring next door, where I work." She told him.
"Really?" Timo looked at her as if he liked the idea of working next door to her. "I'll have to check it out. How far is it? From here?"
"Not that far." She told. "Who knows, maybe if you get it, you'll have a car by winter and you know, maybe I could catch a ride with you."
"Wow, you got my future all figured out, don't you?" His grin was a bit impish, but she didn't mind. She liked his company. He didn't know everything about her. Yet, it seemed he brought the good out of her, and she thought maybe she did the same for him.
"I'll go with you, if ..if you want to apply." Hattie shrugged then. Wasn't that what friends did?
"Sure, why not." Timo sounded as if he were up for it. She took his hand without caution.
"Well, come on. Sooner you apply, the better." She really did want to help him. After all, she knew Alfie was seeing someone. It wasn't that she bothered with him anymore. It was good not to be the third wheel with Alex and Logan.
Suddenly, she found her own little world to make do in, and for the first time she thought it was drug-free for a reason.