She could see Chicago long before they were even near it. This was the first time she had seen the city at night, and only the second time she would be in it. A mile up in the air, she watched as the landscape below became larger and larger, as the lights that lit the ground expanded further and further for miles. The entire city was glowing like a sea of stars in a galaxy. Like some science fiction city from the future.
Skyscrapers, parks, rivers, sports fields, monuments all spread out over 234 sq miles. There were over 2.7 million people living in the city.
Diving straight down, the two flew directly toward the center of it all.
“Someone must have seen us…” she said, standing on the rooftop of one of the many skyscrapers, looking over the edge down to all the people and cars below. Her apartment building was four stories high, and out in the countryside.
She held her head for a moment and shook off the dizziness of the drop below. This was more like forty.
Not that it should really scare her. After all, she could fly.
“Nah, who would care to look up? The lights make it hard to see anything from down there. I’m sure no one saw us.”
The sudden breeze was warm, but the distinct smell of pollution filled her nose. Her ears rang with car horns and music and police sirens. She reached down into her pocket and checked her phone. It had taken a little under an hour to fly over here. It was around eleven o’clock. She grimaced at the sight of her missed calls. It was up to twelve now.
“So… what can we do? I mean, it’ll be midnight in less than an hour.”
Thomas looked over at her and gave her this face that said, ‘you’re the one that wanted to come.’