A Second Chance I wake up to being suffocated by cat. I swipe at her gently and she gets off me willingly. I take a deep breath of fresh of air. Now fully awake I swing my legs off my bed and get up to go the kitchen. I feed my cat first, she goes under my legs and purrs happily. The door of my cottage opens as I start to make breakfast. "Morning" I call without looking away from my work. "Morning" a deep male voice mumbles. I turn now and smile at the man who is staring at a spot on the wall. Shane has been working with me for 2 years though we knew each other for 3. "Take a seat" He did as I say. I finish making the pancakes and slide it into two plates. I put them down on the table and sat down. "So what's the plan today, boss?" He asks as he takes a bite of his food. I think as I cut into my pancake "Hm.. Let's see. The usual I guess" "I… was thinking-" he pauses and I look up at him. "Maybe afterwards you want to have a cold one by the lake?" He isn't looking at me again. "Sure" I say easily. He looks at me now and gives me a gentle smile, I return it with a fond smile of my own. We finish the rest of our meal in compatible silence. We put the dishes in the sink for me to wash later and exit the cozy cottage to begin our work. The sun is barely peeking up in the sky, and a warm orange is shining through the dark sky. We seperate then, I go to our crops and he went to take care of our animals. I check the soil and the plants themselves since the sprinklers did my work for me. "Lookin' good boys and girls" I tell them happily. I look around to see rows and rows of crops. To my left I could hear clucking and quacking as well as the sounds of the barn animals. I turn to sound to see Shane sheperding the sheeps outside. I smile at the sight. We made this, all of this. I wouldn't have reached this far without him, him and the rest of town aswell. Ah, I'm getting distracted. I should get back to work. I return to the cottage and got my tools to fix the fences. When that was done I turn right where three sheds were placed. I enter the first shed and stack a few crates together before carrying it outside to the front of the cottage. When I was half way done, Shane came to my side. "Need help with that?" I carry another stack of crates but stop to answer. "There's still the jam" I say. "Got it" He disappeared into the second shed. I continue my work and I was exhausted by the end of it. It's late in the afternoon now, the sun is going down. They should me here soon. I hear a car coming up the road and see a familiar blue truck. I wave and a blonde man sitting in the cab of the truck waved back. The truck pulled up and a stern looking man climbed out of the passenger seat. Sam jumped out from the cab. "Afternoon Farmer" He says with his usual bright smile. "Afternoon Sam, Kent. Shane is just finishing up" Kent nods and begins to put the crates in the cab, while Sam helps. I greet the man in the driver seat. "Hey Mayor. A fine day eh?" "Oh Indeed! I can't wait to get back for a drink" We continue to talk idly until Shane returns with the last of the crates. "These are the last of it" They finish loading and left the farm to head to the city. They were in charge of selling them off. It used to be just the Mayor but he can't do it all alone anymore. We watch the truck until it disappeared from view. "Want to get that drink now?" I smile. "Sure" We reached the lake and he quickly went into his place to get the drinks. I take out my shoes and sit at the edge of the dock. My toes lightly touched the water, I traced circles until I hear heavy footsteps on the woodend dock. "Here" He handed me a nice cold beer before taking a seat beside me. I take a sip, feeling the refreshing liquid slither down my throat and the warm spread of alcohol in my stomach. "Ah. Nothing like a cool drink after a long ass day" "Couldn't have said it better myself" Shane smirks and raises his can before taking a long sip. The autumn breeze blew gently as we sit side by side. My head is starting to feel a little dizzy. "Shane?" I call quietly. "Yea?" He answers, matching my tone. "I'm happy we got out of the city" "Me too" he whispers. I'm glad we escaped… escaped Joja, the war… and the memories of everything we have lost. Together we made something new, our second chance… our farm, Cinterwood.