And now I wonder
if I could fall
into the sky
do you think time
would pass me by?
Because you know
I'd walk 1000 miles
if I could just see you
--Vanessa Carlton, A Thousand Miles
His headlights lit a passing road sign. Only two more miles, and he'd be there. He speed-dialed her number, and she answered.
"Hey," he said. "I take it you got my text."
"So you're home? What are you up to?"
"Nothing. Reading. Passing time. Missing you," she said.
He glanced at the directions again. This wouldn't be the usual way he went.
"So you're up for it, right?" he said. "What I texted?"
"Going for a walk?"
"I don't know," she said.
"Come on. It'll be fun. You'll see once we start and you get some fresh air."
"It's not the same," she said. "Phone calls and texts."
"I know. But it's way better than nothing, right? Think about what it was like before all this technology. I could be across the street."
"You're far, far from across the street," she sighed.
He slowed for the exit.
"It's clear there, right?" he said. "Starry night?"
"I don't know."
"I checked your weather. It's clear," he said.
The view right outside his car windows said so. Spectacular.
"We can look at the same stars as we go for our walk," he said.
"You're three hours ahead of me. Your sky is way different than mine."
"No, actually I checked that too," he said. "I've got a constellation or two all worked out."
She laughed a little for the first time. "Yeah, you probably do."
He left the highway behind.
"You're going to walk that same way we did this spring, right?" he said. "Through that little bit of woods then out into the hills?"
"I guess. Does it really matter?" she said.
"Yes! I want to be able to imagine just where you are."
"I won't be able to visualize where you're walking," she said.
"I'll talk you through it," he said.
He was getting close. In five minutes, he'd pull over near the halfway spot. He'd start walking in the opposite direction as she left her house. Seeing him out there after 26 hours of driving was going to completely blow her mind.
"I'll call you back in five minutes," he said. "And we'll get started."
"Okay," she said, not entirely excited.
"Trust me," he said. "This is going to be perfect."