After nearly forty hours on the road, only David remains hyper. Even the cat is stretched out across the backseat, laying her head in David's lap, purring softly as he scratches her behind the ears. We'd be arriving at our new home in about fifteen minutes now. After so long in the car, I am grateful for that. Though I'm still holding in a bit of resentment about the move, I've more or less come to terms with it. I have nothing to lose anyway, right? Trading friends who didn't really care for me much, all for family who loves me! As annoying as they could be, it still sounded a lot nicer than Richmond.
"You've been awfully quiet, Violet." My Mother says, placing a hand on my knee.
"I'm okay. Just thinking." I smile. Our long drive has given me a lot to think about.
"About what?" She removes her hand to place it back on the steering wheel.
"Everything. We've had enough negative conversations about moving. Do you think we could have a positive one? Just before we get there?" I laugh, rolling the window down to smell the fresh air. Something we weren't able to do in Richmond.
"Well. You remember Analee, right?" She asks as I nod. "Well you'll be sharing a room with her, and I think you'll be quite surprised. I know you remember her as annoying, but keep in mind she's grown up too. Your school, they don't have very many students. The whole environment is so much better... I can go on for hours, Violet. Why don't you just tell me what you want to know."
"Tell me about my job. Do I have coworkers? What exactly is my job?" I'd been wondering about this since I was told. All I was informed of was that I'd be working at Uncle Roy's farm.
"Coworkers? You have quite a few if they keep as many as they used to. They mentioned a few names. But all I can remember from them is Mason. As for your job, you'll be feeding the animals. Chickens, cows, horses, all of them!" She smiles as me as we turn into a long dirt road. "We're here!" She bounces excitedly, causing David to mimic her.
"We're here! We're here! We're here! Sissy! Look horse!" He screams at me. On either side there is a pasture. Left side, horses. Right side, cows. I quickly roll my window up as the smell of manure begins to waft in. But something is missing as I look around.
"Hey Mom... Where is the house?" I ask as she begins to laugh. She points to her left to a large house that looks more like a mansion than a farm house. "That's... our new house?" I say in disbelief.
"Yep! That's your Uncle Roy's farmhouse! They've added a lot since I was last here." She laughs.
"Pretty." David gasps as we take he left turn in the dirt road. Like clockwork, the entire family pours out into the front yard, all waving, welcoming us to our new home.