Eve walked through the entrance to the Coney Island Aquarium. New York City wasn’t the easiest place to live but it was where she felt she needed to be and because she wasn’t much of a party girl, she settled on spending her twenty-first birthday at the aquarium.
She walked the boardwalk and looked around. At the people, the animals, the amusements. It was the most excitement she’s had in a while.
Eve came to a halt in the middle of the boardwalk as a chill ran up her spine. She felt dizzy and lightweight. She stumbled forward as a man bumped into her.
“I’m so sorry,” he said turning to face her. He smiled. “Hi.”
“Hi,” Eve said absentmindedly. She turned around scanning the area.
“My name is Adam.”
“Anthony,” Eve breathed out as he eyes fell on the brother she hadn’t seen since their birthday five years ago.
“No, it’s Adam.”
As if sensing her, Anthony looked up and they locked eyes. He handed the small girl in his arms to the woman beside him and moved through the crowd away from them. Eve moved away from Adam and in the direction Anthony was headed.
She found him in an empty corner.
“Anthony,” she said excitedly.
“Hey, Eve,” he said as he took her in his arms. “What are you doing here?”
“I live here.” Anthony released her. “Do you live here?”
“No, birthday present from my wife. More for my daughter than for me,” he chuckled.
“I saw them. When can I meet them?”
“You can’t, because not that I know you’re here, we’re going to have to leave.”
“You don’t have to go.”
“Yes we do. Do you release that I sensed you. Before I saw you, I knew you were here. I can’t stay.”
“Please Anthony. I’ve been by myself for three years and it’s my birthday. It’s our birthday. Don’t make me be alone.”
“I’m sorry Eve,” Anthony said sadly. “My wife has already taken my daughter and got a head start. Please don’t follow me. Happy birthday.”
Anthony disappeared and Eve found herself staring at the empty space.
“What the hell was that?”
Eve spun around throwing her hand up. Adam went flying into a wall. She ran over to him, a ball of fire floating in the palm of her hand.
“Who are you?” she asked.
“Adam,” he choked out. “The question is, who are you?”
“Why are you following me?”
“I was trying to talk to you. Thought you were cute.”
Eve shook her hand and the fire went out.
“I’m sorry for throwing you.”
“That’s okay. It’s not everyday a pretty girl whips me around without touching me.” He got to his feet. “Now, will you tell me your name?”
Eve laughed, shaking her head. “It’s Eve.”
“Nice to meet you, Eve.”