It was another long summer day. River had grown used to the long hot days. She waited at the bus stop on the corner as instructed. She was unsure of what she was looking for but had been told that it would be apparent once it got there. She watched as many a stranger got off or on the bus and waved her fair share of busses away. They waited politely to see where she was going, seeing as she had no ticket she simply waved them on and remained in her seat. She did enjoy the people watching opportunities that had presented themselves, though she had started to grow weary of them. She had been told that the surprise would be arriving via bus at 2:15 in the afternoon. She looked down at her watch to see that it was now 3:30 pm. She had began to think that Roland had simply played a trick on her, though she was unsure as to the end goal of this game. He was stationed at a base out of state, why would he want her to sit at a bus stop for hours on end? That was what she kept reminding herself to get herself to stay at this bus stop anyway. Though, she had decided that she would be leaving after the next bus. She had waited here for over an hour and nothing had become apparent to her. She just found herself sitting in the afternoon heat looking around like a lost kitten. She began to fidget and pace as she waited for the next bus. She walked to the end of the street intending to go home, then returned to the bus stop saying she did not want to miss the chance for this surprise. Though she was getting fed up with the whole situation. She finally convinced herself to return to her seat and wait in silence for the next bus. She watched the seconds tick away, switching between checking the clock on the wall and the watch on her wrist. The next bus came and went and she was still confused as to why she sat here on this bench, and what exactly she was waiting for. As she rose from her seat she looked across the road scanning the area one last time. That was when she saw him. Standing there across the street. She immediately ran over to him, no concern for the traffic that was still flowing through the street, she could barely contain herself. She broke out into laughter as she ran, she was sure she looked like a maniac though she found that she did not care. She could not fully believe that he was there, and part of her was wondering how long he had been there watching her. When she reached him he opened his arms and lifted her off her feet. It had been months since she had seen her brother and the feeling of his embrace brought her joy.
"How long have you been standing here?" She asked as he set her down.
"Oh, not long. My bus was running late, I was worried that you wouldn't be here." Roland smiled as he looked his little sister over.
He was happy to see that she seemed to be just the way he had left her. Roland could not bear to think of River as anything more than his little sister. He knew she would grow up eventually but he chose to ignore that fact for now. He just wanted to enjoy the last few days of summer with his innocent little sister. He had spent so much time growing on his own that he wanted to enjoy the little things about his sister that did not change. Sure her hair was different, but for her that was normal, and she was a little taller, but inside he could tell she was still the girl he left behind. He had worried that she would not meet him today, not just because his bus was late, he was worried that she was mad at him for leaving her. Though now he could see that they were still as close as they ever were. He put his hand on her head and rustled her hair a little with a smile. She laughed and gave him a weak punch on the shoulder. They were so quick to return to their sibling jesting that it was almost as if he had never left. In the back of his mind, he knew he was leaving again in a couple of days, and she knew the same, but for now they were just going to enjoy the fact that he was here. They walked out of the bus station into the hot sun, a smile plastered on both of their faces. For these last few days of summer they could be normal siblings, for these few days they were not away at a school for supernatural creatures, they were not separated by a war, they were just them. Walking down the street like everyone else.