He’s waiting for his train when he sees her. His train back home - back where things don’t make sense; to where his life is nothing but complications and worries. He doesn’t want to go back, but he doesn’t have much of a choice. Sure, he could stay, keep trying to find a job, live in the low rent apartment with his older brother’s friend, Greg. Or, Garbo. He still thinks it’s weird that he likes to be called that, but whatever. He’d like to stay. But Kevin keeps telling him that if he stays, he’ll be stuck at a dead end for God knows how long. And that he needs to come home and face his problems instead of running away from them. He says he’s been gone long enough, mom misses him, all that stuff. He’s guilting him into coming home, essentially. And Nick’s never liked disappointing people so, here he is.
He accidentally catches himself staring at her and he doesn’t even realize for a good two minutes. She pinning something up on a bullatin board, a flyer or poster or something. Probably for some coffee shop performance. He’s been to plenty of those in the past two months. She doesn’t see him, or at least, he doesn’t think she does. But when she turns to walk away, and he’s still staring at her when she does, she turns and looks directly at him.
Something about her smile, the way she eyes him… She’s telling him to follow her, he knows it. And suddenly, he has a reason to stay. If he leaves, he probably won’t ever see this girl again. He’ll go back to his boring life and his crazy ex-girlfriend and then what of adventure? He can’t just ignore this girl. He has to know her. He has to stay. He has to follow her. And so he does.