See You In.....

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
Andrew thought he'd lost Grace, but now he's off to pick her up.

Submitted: August 04, 2017

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See You In.....

Andrew climbed into his car, strapped himself in, and quickly checked his mobile before tossing it down onto the passenger seat beside him. There was plenty of time for him to get to Grace’s house; the fact was, he so eager to see her again.

They’d had such a row and he knew he’d said some things he shouldn’t have; he’d hurt her and made her cry. At the time he had wanted to, hadn’t cared; he’d thought he’d lost her anyway. A big misunderstanding, that was all it had been and he had not given her a chance to explain before lashing out.

Grace had refused to speak to him for a week. If he phoned, she did not answer. If he sent a text, she did not respond. He tried calling round to her house but the door remained firmly closed in his face; and when he waited outside the office she left by the back exit.

And then last night she had finally responded to a text. Then another. Then she phoned him and they had chatted for almost an hour. Andrew was so relieved that she had forgiven him. He was going to take her on a special date, somewhere really lavish, stylish; let her have some luxury treatment.

He’d got twenty minutes to make a fifteen minute journey. Nothing would slow him down that much; not even roadworks. Once he got to the main road he was relieved to find the traffic flowing smoothly. Slightly over the speed limit maybe, but only to fit in with the rest of it.

In front of Andrew there was a truck; one of those big ones that took up the whole side of the road. He’d not bother trying to pass, but match his speed, stay behind it. The car behind was staying a nice safe distance back. There were houses scattered along the road, mostly set back with a good gap between them. As hazard free as driving could get.

He reached over and picked up his mobile, holding the steering wheel steadily in one hand. A quick check to make sure everything was fine, then he started to text Grace. It would be fine, her number was there. He started tapping with his thumb, just taking his eyes off the road for a couple of seconds. ‘See you in....’, that’s all he typed before he ploughed his car in to the back of the truck. His airbag deployed but the force of impact was so great it burst and the steering column plunged straight into his chest, killing him instantly.

There was momentary silence then a woman’s scream, a toddler’s wail! The truck driver opened his door, afraid to look behind him. He’d had to break hard when the kid ran out, but his brake lights were all in order, the car behind should have been able to stop too.

Another car had pulled up, behind the crumpled wreck. The driver was getting out, phone in hand, taking reluctant steps forward. It was obvious to both him and the truck driver that anyone in front of the wreckage could not have survived, but they needed to check the back, just in case.

I had to stop....This kid, she just ran.....out of nowhere...”

Look, pal, it’s okay. Not your fault.” The car driver shook his head. “I saw your brake lights. There was time. He could have stopped.”

Flung from the window, lying blood spattered in the road was a mobile phone. The screen was frozen and displayed an unfinished text message, one that would never be completed. ‘See you in...’, never to be sent. And in the distance, approaching rapidly, was the sound of sirens.


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