As strange as it seemed, Ash was ecstatic with the brief conversation and where it would lead. He would doubtless be awake for days, but that held its own rewards, the least of which not being the heightened focus and rushing blood he would soon feel pulsing through his arteries. That he felt sober and wide awake was an expected and welcome relief. He’d had no more than a few beers throughout the day, and one glass of wine at dinner, but he rarely had more than one drink a night anymore.
The call had come shortly after dessert. The flavour of pumpkin pie on his lips distracted him from the exact address at which his presence was expected, but to his credit, it was more time efficient to plan a route and calculate a rough ETA and get himself quickly into motion. The details would arrive on his phone within minutes, and he could set the coordinates on the GPS once he was on the move and heading north. He excused himself and said his goodbyes as quickly as he thought he could politely do so. He was still apologizing when Aine deftly slipped his coat into his hand and closed his palm around it. He turned to look at her, and when their eyes met, the reason for his sudden haste was visible between them. They often shared the feeling of mutual knowledge. It was one of the things that solidified their friendship throughout the years. If anyone could truly know him, it was Aine.
Not letting go of his hand, she leaned towards him, whispered into his ear and planted a kiss on his cheek; a kiss that set him free and cleared the way for wings spread wide to take flight. Through the black space he seemed to glide; through the door and out into the night. His vehicle barely keeping up with him as he sped on through the snow and towards the calling of his headlights. “Go!” he finally seemed to hear her breathe into him. To feel the words and her breath within his chest.
This night he would remember always. This night would come to him often in the blackness, reminding him that once triggered and released, he is indeed unstoppable.