"Hey, Mia are you ready to go on the trip with
us?" Tom asked in his small voice.
"Yes Tom." I smiled at him.
"Mia, can you sit by me in the camper?" Cole
"Yes I would love to sit by you." I looked down at
Hi, my name is Maria Sulaven and this is my story
about how I found love in the strangest of places. Let me tell
you a little about myself. I'm 16, I live with my mom, I have no
siblings, and I'm going on a road trip with my mom's friend Gary
and her two five year olds. Oh, yeah and I'm pregnant and I'm the
only one that knows it. Well that is enough about be lets get
back to the story. Where were we oh that's right I'm getting
ready for the trip.
"Hey, Maria do you have everything ready?" I heard
"I just have to go and get a couple more things. I
will be right back." I ran across the street to my house and
"Maria is that you?" My mom yelled from the
"Yeah it's me." I called and started walking up to
I opened the door to my room and walked to my
computer desk to get my cell off of it. Then I waked into my
closet and got my suitcase.
"Maria do you have every thing?" My mom stood in
my door way.
"Yep, I'm going to miss you mom." I walked over to
her and gave her a hug.
"I'm going to miss you too." She hugged me
"Mom, you are crushing me." I whispered.
"Sorry, oh I almost forgot," she reached into her
pocket "I got this for you."
I took the black IPod out of her hands.
"Really!? Thank you." I kissed her cheek.
"Your welcome…I already downloaded the songs you
like." She said sheepishly.
"Maria it is time to go." I heard Gary yell from
"Ok, I'm coming!" I gave my mom one last hug and
kiss goodbye and then ran out to the camper.
I stepped into the camper and was greeted with
"Sit by me Mia." Cole patted the spot next to
I walked over and sat down.
"No far I want to sit by Mia." Tom whined.
"I asked her first." Cole stuck out his
"Cole that's not nice," I scolded "Tom I will sit
by you after out first rest stop."
"Ok," He smiled "did you hear that mommy? Mia is
sitting next to me after are first rest top."
I smiled at him. I absolutely adore it when they
drop some of there letters when they speak.
"Well that is good." Gary said from the drivers
I rested my head against the window. We drove for
several hours before we made our first rest stop.
"Remember Mia you said you would sit with me." Tom
"Ok, I did." I smiled at him.
I walked into the gas station and started to look
around. Then I saw what I was looking for. I walked to t he
cooler section and grabbed a bottle of water.
"Are you ready to pay miss?" the cashier
I nodded my head. He rang up the total and I paid
for the water, and then walked back out to the camper.
"Come on Mia lets go back inside." Tom was waiting
outside the camper for me.
"Ok." I took his had and we went inside.
I sat down on the bench that was around the table.
After awhile Cole and Gary came back in.
"Ready to go?" Gary looked back at us.
I nodded my head and then we where off again. Tom
and ole looked like they where getting board.
"Hey guys do you want to play a game of go fish?"
"Yeah!" They both jumped up and down in there
I got up and went to my backpack and grabbed out a
deck of cards. I started to shuffle the deck a couple times and
then dealt them out.
"Ok, now Tom pick a number 1-10." I told
"Ok I want number 8." He said.
"Alright, Cole your turn."I turned to Cole.
"Two!" He smiled.
"Ok, Cole you where the closets my number was
three." I said.
"Cole turned to his brother and asked,
"Tom do you have any Sevens?"
"Go Fish!" Tom yelled.
"Aw man." Cole took a card form the pile.
"Mia do you have any fives?" Tom looked at
"Yep, here you are." I gave him the card.
We played three rounds of go fish and we all won
"Tie breaker round!" Cole bounced on his
"Ok, guys for the tie breaker round we are going
to play a game of old maid and who ever wins this round is the
ruler of go fish." I smiled at them.
Once the game of old maid was done Tom kept
bragging that he was the ruler of go fish.
"Ok, Tom that is enough bragging I think we get
it." Gary said for the front.
I saw Cole yawn.
"I think it is time for two little boys bed time."
I looked at them.
They both whined but went to the back of the
camper. I helped them get into there Pj's and then tucked them
"Goodnight guys, see you in the morning." I smiled
ant then shut the door.
I walked up to the front and sat in the passenger
"Maria, why don't you go to sleep too you look
beat." Gary looked at me for a second.
"No I'm fine and besides it looks like you could
use the company." I smiled at her.
We sat there just talking. I started to feel my
eyelids get heavy.
Everything started getting dark and then I was
"Mia? Mia wake up." I felt someone shaking me
"What I'm up." I opened my eyes to see Cole
staring at me. "Where are your mom and brother?"
"They went into the gas station." He told
"Oh, ok do you know when they are coming
And right on queue they walked in.
"Right now." Cole answered my question.
I smiled at him and then walked to the back where
the table was. Tom and Cole came and sat across from me.
"So what do you want to do?"
"We're hungry." They whined.
"Ok, I will go make you guys a sandwich." I got up
and walked over to the fridge.
I made them PB and B sandwiches.
"Gary do you want a peanut butter and banana
sandwich too?" I yelled to the front.
"Yes that would be awesome." She called
I gave the boys there sandwich and then gave Gary
"Do you want me to drive for a little while?" I
"Would you mind?" She looked at me for a split
I shook my head and then she pulled over. Once I
got situated in the drivers seat we where off again.
I wonder how long till we get
I looked down at the map and saw that is was a
three to four day drive.
"Wow!" I mumbled. "Hey, Cole, Tom are you guys ok
I looked back at them and saw that they had fallen
asleep. I turned my head back to the rood and then the camper
went rolling down into the ditch. I felt blood running down my
face and my arm had a huge gash in it.
What just happened?
I pushed the
clutter away so I could get to the back and then I saw the real
damage. The side of the camper was smashed in and I saw…I saw Tom
and Cole lying on the ground with blood all over there faces.
Then I looked toward the room Gary was in and saw a piece of
metal threw her neck.
"Tom, Cole?" I crawled over to them.
I put a shaky hand to my mouth. They where all
dead because of me. I started to sob.
"I'm sorry." I whispered over and over.
I don't know how long I sat there crying but by
the time I when out of the camper it was dark. I started to
Where am I? What am I going to do? How am I
going to get back?
I kept asking myself more and more questions.
All of a sudden I felt myself fall to the ground. Once I felt
the cold ground touch my face everything went black.