46. Nookless

Oceans apart.

Nook's trip to visit me was a brief one.  She could only get so much time off from her two jobs back home, and the long weekend had already been extended by a day (I rescheduled her flight to leave one day later) -- but the time had come for her to return.

With hardware.

You may recall that when Nook visited me a few weeks previous, her primary employer was convinced that she would return "with hardware" - in the form of an engagement ring.

Obviously, that did not happen, but this time, well, it's a different story.

Needless to say, it was not an easy goodbye.  Nook and I were now engaged, she had a whirlwind of a visit with me, meeting my friends, attending the wedding of a complete stranger.  It was a lot to take in.  And she was about to get on a plane for a long flight, alone, and return home, alone.  Without her fiancé.

I hope that I can convince Nook to share some of what she was thinking during that flight.  I know she must still have been riding on a natural high from all that was going on, but at the same time, she knew that things were about to get really interesting.

After she departed, I was left with two very important tasks that needed completing before the next stage of our adventure could continue.

It was not going to be easy having Nook so far away during this time.  Our emails and Skype calls are testament to that.  We knew it was temporary, but at this point, we did not know just how temporary.  There was a lot of planning to do, and it was time to get on with it.

Just, well, thousands of miles apart...