And there she is. Black shape against the grey, crumbling wall. A smile spreads across my face. Her head is bent over her phone and her bag is at her feet. It's been, what, two months? Feels like so much longer; it's funny how slowly time goes when you're waiting for something. And suddenly I can see the end of college ahead of me, and the start of summer, and the days and nights and weekends with those I love. No longer just a wish, but a slowly approaching reality.
The relief is crippling. In two weeks this will all be over. A new set of responsibilities, but a new, beautiful freedom.
She lifts her head and returns my smile. Hello, summer.