While she waited for her luggage to arrive, Casey searched the waiting area for an available phone. She needed to call her dad to let him know she’d arrived.
She held her breath as the phone rang.
Tears welled up in Casey’s eyes as her father’s voice came over the line.
“Dad? It’s me. I’m here. I’m home.”
“Casey, love, finally. Your mother and I have been sick with worry. Your flight in New York
landed hours ago. You’re okay, right? Anything you need?”
Casey took a minute to push back the tidal wave of tears. “Actually, Dad, I’m here. Home.”
She cleared her throat. “I lost my cell phone somewhere in the Kathmandu airport, I think. Or on the plane. I’m not sure.”
“You lost your phone? It’s password protected, right? Dylan talked about keeping your information safe when it comes to phones last week on the radio. Have you contacted the phone company yet? They need to track it or kill it. Wait, your mother has the information here somewhere. Why don’t we call for you?”
And this was one of the many reasons coming home had been the right decision.
“Yes, there’s a password on it. I’ll take care of it, don’t worry. But thank you.”
“I just don’t want someone taking your identity, that’s all. You need to be careful.”
“I know.” It didn’t matter she was a grown woman who traveled the world for her career. In
her father’s eyes, she was still the little girl who was afraid of the dark and spiders. “So where are you?”
“At the airport. My flight just landed, and I’m waiting for my luggage.” “You’re here? Honey, she’s home,” her father yelled to her mother.
Casey had to fight back a sob as she heard her mother’s squeal of excitement.
“My baby’s home?”
“She’s home, love. Our baby is home. Casey, you sit tight and I’ll be right there. Talk to your
mother while I get the air running in the car. She won’t go anywhere lately unless the inside of the car is cooled down first. Hope you’re ready for the weather. We’re in the middle of a heat wave.”
Casey chuckled. Obviously, her father had forgotten she’d spent months in Nepal. If people wanted heat, they’d for sure find it there.
“Don’t you be leaving me behind, you hear?” Casey’s mom chided her father.
Casey chuckled as she listened to her parents bicker in the background.
“I miss you, Mom,” Casey said, the realization hitting her hard. She’d missed her parents, her
family, more than she’d realized.
“Oh, honey. I miss you, too. I’m so glad you’ve come home. You know your room is ready
for however long you need it.”
By now, tears were coursing down Casey’s cheeks. The sound of her mother’s voice broke
what little strength Casey held onto, and she turned so no one would see her cry.
“I’m glad I’m home, too.”
“Was Jordan okay with you leaving? Did he understand?” her mom asked.
Casey snorted. Okay was pushing it a bit. He’d been confused, angry, and troubled by her
decision to leave.
He felt betrayed. She didn’t blame him, but didn’t agree with him either.
“Jordan expects me back in a few weeks. He thinks all I need is a bit of home cooking,
Dylan, and a whole lot of Marietta before I come running back.”