After the movie, they walked along the highway. When they started walking, the sky was grey, but it got darker and darker as they headed away from the city. They climbed up the rocks along the side of the road, so they were up above the approaching cars.
“Why does it have to be so far?” Helen said. “Oh god, I am going to sleep forever.”
“We’re almost to my house,” Jane said. “You can stay over, if you want”.
“No,” Helen said. “No, I just want to go home.” She stopped and put her hands on her knees.
Jane stopped too, looking back past Helen, where the city stretched out wide and bright. It felt like Christmas lights after looking into the same yellow headlights for half an hour. The city was a mess of streetlights and traffic signals lined up and around the brighter shapes of billboards and office towers.
“Oh,” Jane said. “I think we’ve been looking the wrong way.”