That Monday afternoon, Marième waved at Aggie when she stepped onto the train. Aggie waved back. I wish you the very best, she told the woman silently. It was all she could do.
As usual, Marley was waiting for Aggie when the latter exited the train station. “Did you have a good day today?” Marley asked her.
“I did, yes,” Aggie replied, smiling, before reaching over and hugging her friend.
“A hug? Do you love me again?” Marley asked, grinning.
“I never stopped.” As they pulled away from the Cornavin, Aggie then informed her best friend that she and Daniel were dating.
“Thank goodness,” Marley said. “I was wondering how long his secret staring would continue.”
“You noticed all of that?” Aggie asked, surprised.
“Of course I did. Look, I may want to kill Daniel most of the time, but it was obvious that he had totally fallen for you, so he has good taste. There: I said it. Those words will never come out of my mouth again.” With that, Marley began to excitedly describe a future wedding with a bridal party clad in a variety of African head wraps that matched their dresses. “We also need different wraps for the ceremony, the reception, when we do a traditional Ghanaian dance in your honor…”
Later that evening, as she and the Van Strecks gathered around the dinner table, Aggie gazed around at her second family. Her eyes momentarily rested on her soon-to-be official boyfriend and purported future husband. She felt a tiny jolt of excitement at what their future held.
She felt a larger jolt of excitement at what her own future held.
Aggie then smiled to herself. She felt very much at home.
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