"Hello. Hi." the young girl smiled widely, in a truly friendly fashion. The woman smiled weakly in return, slightly shocked and amused by the innocence of youth.
"H-hello. How are you?" the elder female asked politely, bending to meet the childs eyes more directly. The girl returned the gaze, smile seemingly permanent.
"I'm fine. My name is Ebony. Who are you? I'm from New York! I really like it there, I get to play double dutch." she blurted without pause. The womans mouth hung open.
"I..I'm." she closed her mouth, her throat suddenly full. "I'm Naomi. New York is a nice place, I like it there too." Ebony smiled and stuck her hand out to shake the womans hand. Her hand was warm and sincere.
"I'm going to be a veterinarian when I grow up. I want to make them happy. What are you going to do? Do you know?" she looked at Naomi almost knowingly. "Do you?"
Naomi stood up, slightly taken aback by the childs forwardness.
"I...I want to be a veterinarian too. It's been my dream since I was very young."
"I know I'm going to be a veterinarian. My daddy wants me to be a lawyer, but lawyers are boring and they talk too much. I don't talk THAT much. I want to be around animals. I like animals. I'm going to have a lot of dogs. I'm going to have a dalmation! Their spots are very pretty!"
Naomi nodded, backing up towards the door. Ebony continued smiling at her.
"So you do still remember? You shouldn't forget. You promised you wouldn't forget. You don't want to work for the rest of your life right? You want to make money and make all the animals happy, right? Don't forget me, I'm still watching you from this side." she smiled and pushed Naomi out of the room, waving at Naomi from the window.
'Go.' she mouthed and shooed her away.