“It is short for Alera, Alera Brooke. It means eagle, my father always told me I had the soul of an eagle. I was never really sure what he meant by it.” I don’t know why I said that. It seemed awkward, but what I was feeling was the exact opposite. I felt very comfortable around this guy I had just met. And for the longest time, we just sat together quietly. It’s strange I know. But it was a comfort to both of us to hear another human breathing. We fell asleep.