“Hi daddy!” Tessy said “Is this a new car?”
“Yes it is.” He said, not looking at her.
“It looks funny” She giggled “It’s covered in gross stuff.”
“I know honey. It's called rust. Guess what?"
"We're going on a road trip together!" He said, taking the engergetic seven year old's teddy bear from her and laying it down on the back seat.
“Is mommy coming?”
“Not today sweetie.”
“Oh, okay.” She contently sat down in the back seat. “Where are we going daddy?” She asked, swinging her little feet back and forth.
He concentrated on the road as he said “It’s a suprise."
They didn't speak for a while after that. Theresa liked the silence when she drove with her dad; it gave her a chance to relax before she started talking to him.
“Theresa, would you please stop kicking my chair?”
“My name’s Tessy, silly.” Nobody ever called her by her real name. Everyone called her Tessy.
“Right, sorry, I don’t know this road very well and-“ He paused and squinted at the road “-And I need to concentrate.”
“Okay daddy.” She said, fiddling with her teddy-bear. Sometimes when he was tired, he just needed some quiet. So she entertained herself, thinking of all the things she would tell him, and ask him later.
After a little while, they reached a big city with lots of buildings. The building were so tall, Tessy couldn’t even see the top.
“What are those?”
“They’re called sky-scrapers.”
Tessy laughed “That’s a silly name for something like that, they don't even touch the sky! But they're so big.Daddy, this car smells funny, can I open the window?”
“Sure. Actually, let’s stop right here and get some fresh air.”
Tessy grabbed her teddy, and un-did her seatbelt as her dad found a place to pull over.
“I’ll be right back, I just need to pay for this spot.”
“How come it isn’t free?”
“It’s just the rules.”
“Okay.... but come back soon okay?”
“Okay.” And with that he walked away to find a parking meter.
“I love you!” She called out, but he was around the corner already. The sun was beginning to set, and the parking lot reflected bits of red and orange from the sun. Tessy looked out towards where her dad had left. It was starting to get darker, and the buildings suddenly looked scary. She sat down and cradled her teddy-bear in her arms.
“it’s okay Squiggles, he'll be back in no time.” She smiled and kissed her bear on the ear. “He always comes back.”