As the plane circles Heathrow and Sinead O’Connor’s voice pours into Hannah’s ears through her iPod, she re-writes the lyrics in her head. It’s been two years, one month and nineteen days, since I went away. She’d thought she’d never want to come back but now, as the rising sun turns the sky a dirty pink and the plane begins its final descent, the sparkly lights below slowly turn into cars zooming around and houses filled with people, and a swell of longing brings unexpected tears to her eyes. What will it be like to be here again?
Nobody knows she is coming. There is no-one waiting at arrivals to welcome her back after so long.
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