Ellie was glad she'd decided to move to Narragyambie three years ago. It was smaller and she felt like she had more room to spread out than she had in Melbourne. After her husband's passing, she'd really just needed to get out, away, just leave everything behind. She'd packed up her two kids, the few things of her husband's she could stand to bring with her, and the car and drove the two hours to the small town outside Tallygarunga.
It'd been three years that have helped her immensely. But she still had times where she just had to break, had to remember, had to stop. She'd drop the kids at their daycare on those days and just get plastered. Today was one of those days where she felt like she needed adult interaction. Adult conversation that didn't come in the form of explaining a procedure to a patient.
Zoey had made good friends with the girl next door, Lilah, even though the other girl was two years older. Ellie liked that her daughter could make friends with anyone. It made Ellie feel like she didn't have to worry. Bryce was at daycare today, so Ellie decided to introduce herself to her neighbor, Lilah's father, to get that adult interaction. She still hadn't made many friends in Narrie, partially due to her angry, grumpy nature since moving.
Walking across the lawn up to the door of the house next door, Ellie knocked and then crossed her arms, tucking a bit of hair behind her ear in a nervous gesture, not used to introducing herself to people beyond "Hi I'm taking out a bit of your insides today." She had no idea how to talk to other parents or other adults. Why had she decided to do this? Then she remembered Zoey asking her if she was happy last week and she knew she had to make an effort to make friends. Had to show her children that she was happy.