Going Home

           After paying the taxi driver Anna headed towards the front door of her uncle's ranch. She hadn't been here since she was a kid.  Anna had fond memories of summers spent here with family. This is where she learned to ride a horse. This is where she had her first kiss. All of that changed when her mom passed away. Her father couldn't stand the thought of coming back here, so they stayed away.  Funny thing was, after everything that had happened the day before, all Anna could think about was being on the ranch. She needed a place that felt like home. As much as she loved New York there was always some part of her that yearned for more. Maybe yesterday was a blessing in disguise.
            Anna rang the doorbell and knocked.  The front door was unlocked, so she let herself in.  “Hello, Jake? Are you here?” Maybe she should have called first. Anna put her suitcase down and wandered around the house. Just standing in the family room brought back memories of her mother. Her Uncle Jake had family photos everywhere.  There were photos of him and Anna’s mother from when they were kids growing up on the ranch.  One of Anna’s favorite pictures was the one of her mother sitting on the swing with her dad standing over her. They looked so in love. Her mother’s death hit her dad hard and he was never the same after that.
            All of a sudden the front door flies open and three huge dogs come running through the house chasing something that Anna couldn’t see. A young man comes in chasing after the dogs. Her Uncle Jake was next in line.  They didn’t ever see her as they all ran past.  She followed the train of chaos through the house and out the back door. The horses on the ranch were going crazy as the dogs ran through the field.
            “Let ‘em go Ben. It’s not worth it,” Jake shouted at the young man chasing the dogs. Jake turned back towards the house and that’s when he saw her. “Anna? Is that you?”
            “Hey Uncle Jake,” Anna said with a smile.  “Surprise!”  Jake ran up to Anna and picked her up in a big bear hug and swung her around. They laughed as they hugged.
            “It’s been, what, ten or twelve years? How the hell are ya kid?” Jake couldn’t believe that he was seeing his niece since she was a teenager.
            “I know it’s been a long time,” Anna started, “and I’m really sorry about that.  I hope it’s okay that I’m here. I really needed to get away. Things in New York just kind of took a shit on me and…”
            “Of course, Anna. You are welcome here anytime!” Jack could see the sadness in Anna’s eyes. He knew something wasn’t right and he wanted nothing more than for his niece to be happy. Jake pulled Anna in for another hug and then headed back into the house.  “So what’s going on with you?
            “You are not going to believe the story I have for you!” Anna followed her Uncle into the house and began to recount the last twenty-four hours.

*this is an original story written by Erica Musyt...do not copy or distribute without her permission. thank you*

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