The Long Drive Home

Reads: 43  | Likes: 2  | Shelves: 0  | Comments: 2

More Details
Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic


A sixteen year old guy is in love with a girl that has a boyfriend...

Submitted: September 08, 2018

A A A | A A A

Submitted: September 08, 2018

A A A

A A A


“The Long Drive Home”

 

They had spent

the whole day

at ‘Magic Mountain”

in Valencia, CA

they had all

gotten up

at 5:00am

for the three

hour ride,

two couples

and two singles

all six

working together

at a fast food

restaurant,

they were all

pushing it

pretty hard

during the long

hot

summer day

the sun was

still up

when the

thunder showers

struck

hard rain

coming in fast

then quickly

disappearing

the acres of

baked asphalt

began to steam

as the sun

burned the thin

layer of moisture

away,

he was one

of the two

singles

the other was

a girl from

work

both brought

along

just to even

out

the seating

arrangement

in the car

though they

both were

having a great

time

and she was

kind of in

to him

if he would

just throw

her

some attention

there could

be three

couples

in the car

when they

drove home

but he was

in love with

another

and it was

her car

that they had

taken on this

trip

an outdated

car from the

70’s

with surf racks

on the roof

and two big

bench seats

in the interior

she was on

her second

boyfriend

since he knew

her

though she

never really

let go of

her first

boyfriend,

but boyfriend

number two

was an ok

guy to work

with

and he never

ever hit her

something her

first boyfriend

couldn’t claim

to be true

one of the

main reasons

for her late

night phone

calls

to him

someone she

trusted

that she

could talk

to,

he was only

sixteen

when he started

flipping burgers

she was a

year older

boyfriend number

one

was a year

older

than her

she was the

swing manager

of his crew

falling in love

with her

was easy

being so close

to her

was cruel,

the rain was

starting to

switch

to heavy

no more drying

out

between rides

so they decided

to call it

a day

they waited

for a break

in the weather

before making

a dash

for the rear

parking lot

they hadn’t

gone a foot

past the turnstiles

when the sky

opened up

the car still

some distance

away

and unable to

go back

due to the

unforgiving

nature of the

turnstiles

forward

was their only

course of action

but forward is

just a state

of mind

when you can’t

find your car,

he was taller

than the other

five

so he thought

the car

would be

easier for him

to find

as he struck

out

on his own

as the other

five

waited under

a tree,

finding a

late model

70’s car

with surf

racks

especially one

he knew by

heart

would be a

snap to do

but the empty

lot

that they had

parked in

was now filled

with thousands

of old cars

with surf

racks

there where

a lot more

posers

with surf

racks

on their cars

that didn’t surf

then he thought

there would

be,

he finally found

the car

next to a

sign

that had been

easy to spot

when they parked

in the early

morning

he rounded up

the other five

right as the

sun

regained control

of the sky

brightening up

the dirty parking

lot

and everyone’s

spirits

knowing they’ll

soon

be on their

way

back home

she was too

tired to drive

so boyfriend

number two

said he would

instead

as the other

couple

got in the

backseat

along with the

one single

girl

that kind of

liked him

as he waited

by the passenger

side door

for the not

single girl

but the one

that he loved

to get in

everyone else

was already

inside

as she paused

before him

and the open

car door

that he was

holding for

her,

the sun

reflecting off

the shiny wet

asphalt

it’s light now

striking her

from two

directions

giving her a

Hollywood glow

her tee shirt

being pulled

tight

against her

chest

sharping the

lines of her

body

the weight of

the rain

the reason for

this clinging

new look

of hers

as the random

scattered

raindrops

were hitting

her face

she looks

at him

in the eyes

their faces

unseen

by the others

in the car

due to the

angle

of their view

his eyes wishing

they had more

time

to gaze a

pond her

there was just

too much to

see

right now

they didn’t

want

to be rushed,

but it was

her face

that always

dominated

his attention

and in her

eyes

was where he

was looking

when she touched

his hand

as she got

in the car

and gave him

a very

“Personal’

smile

one that was

tied to a

compassionate

look of

understanding

knowing what

he was trying

to say to

her

without him

speaking

a word,

to say that

his whole world

stopped

at the end

of that brief

moment

in time

would be an

understatement

she was the

first girl

in his life

to ever acknowledge

that she knew

that he loved

her

giving him a

type of rush

that he had

never experienced

before

but that feeling

was fleeting

when he lowered

his head

and got in

to the car

only to see

her

sitting close

and leaning against

her boyfriend

where she stayed

after he got

in to the car

and boyfriend

number two

began to navigate

the tight

parking lot

rows

looking for a

way out,

the space

between him

and her

on that bench

seat

seemed unreachable

he wasn’t trying

to wrap the

moment up

in the illusion

that she might

somehow

love him

too

but why did

she

have to sit

so far away

from him

and so close

to boyfriend

number two

in his mind

she was saying

“don’t forget

he’s the one

that I love”

but he knew

better

she didn’t love

him either

no matter how

hard she tried

to portray herself

differently

to the others

even still

he didn’t like

the fact

that’s what

she

was trying to

say

with her body,

there was just

a little small

talk

in the car

exhaustion

setting in

from a full

day of

hitting it

all

at top speed,

the backseat

was the first

to fall silent

as the car

finds its place

in the rush

of freeway

traffic

on the 5

after around

ten miles

she pulls away

from her boyfriend

his constant arm

movements

from driving

are like pokes

waking her up

each time she

is on the verge

of falling asleep

she slides

past the center

of the bench

seat

well on to

his half

not something

anyone else

would ever of

noticed

or probably cared

about

but to him

it meant something

more,

she was leaning

towards him

now

her body

close

only inches

away

he could look

down

and still see

tiny droplets

of rain

still clinging to

the soft smooth

skin

of her legs

each sphere of

water

delicately

balanced

making him

wish

he could take

his finger tips

and drag the

drops

against her

leg

mixing the

feeling of

their wetness

with the

smoothness

of her skin,

then as she

slightly tilts

her legs

trying to get

more comfortable  

the last remaining

drops

lose their hold

and slide down

the full length

of her leg

her right knee

now resting

against him

her eyes

closed

his wide

open

telling himself

its no big

deal

that her current

position

was only due

to luck

and gravity

as the weight

of her upper

body

pins him

to the seat

with her right

shoulder,

he quietly listens

to her steady

breathing

reminding him

of the soothing  

purr

of a kitten

wanting to believe

he was somehow

responsible for

her relaxed

state

but having to

let that thought

go

after he is

unable to

come up with

a reason

that he can

attribute that

state of being

to himself,

he looks over

at boyfriend

number two

what little

attention

he was projecting

out

was aimed only

at the road

not seeming to

notice

or just to

tired

to care

where his

girlfriend

was falling

asleep,

her body began

to melt on

to his

molding itself

around him

as she sunk

deeper

into sleep

he was afraid

to soften his

stance

not knowing

how

to accept her

unconscious

closeness

fearing that if

he looked like

he welcomed

it

they would be

seen by the

others

as being much

closer

than they should

be

in this situation,

so he sat

rigid

his back to

the seat

pretending to be

nothing more

than

an inanimate

object

the deep corner

of a large

couch

that she was

just getting

lost in

thinking he

was

protecting her

from petty

accusations

but the truth

might have been

closer

to an act

of self preservation

knowing he couldn’t

defend

the absurdity

of having such

feelings

for her

if they ever

got out,

he started watching

the road signs

after the car

merged from

the 5

and onto the

126

which took them

to the 101

the most used

freeway

on the coast

of California

and the one

that took all

six of them

back home

he could tell

he had less

than an hour

to go

as each billboard

started looking

more and more

familiar

taunting him

as it flashed

by

each sign

reminding him

that his time

with her

curled up

against him

tightly riding

the left side

of his body

was coming to

an end,

he hadn’t noticed

his breathing

was matching

hers

as he sat

watching

every tiny

rise and fall

of her chest

as she took

a breath in

then slowly

letting it

slip out

not wanting to

miss

even the slightest

of movements

her body

might make,

the big

“Pea Soup Andersen's”

sign

filled the windshield

marking the distance

home

at less than

thirty minutes

much too

soon

for this

moment

to end,

his thoughts

were lost to

confusion

trying to extract

a meaning

out of a

moment

that isn’t there

to be found

wanting to think

that because

he

can feel her

heartbeat

next to his

he is somehow

in her heart,

then a new

thought

takes over

one of

embarrassment

that he ever

let the other

thoughts

get a foothold

on the landscape

of his conscious

mind

unable to control

what he was

thinking about

took up the

rest of his

time

with her

the slowing of

the car

after pulling off

the 101

seemed to

wake-up

everyone at

once

she nervously

smiled

as she pulled

away

from him

sitting up straight

in her seat

as if getting

caught sleeping

in class

a few words

from the others

begin to take

up the empty

space

in the car

till they drove

on to the lot

where everyone

had parked

that morning

to meet up,

he felt like

all the emotions

that he had

been feeling

over the last

three hours

were visible

for all to

see

leaving him

exposed

to retribution,

he quickly got

out of the

car

when it rolled

to a stop

putting a few

feet

between him

and everyone

else

in the car

that he had

just left his

heart in,

no one really

said

anything to him

as they all

got out of

the car

other than the

one single girl

who smiled

and told him

she had fun

and said if

he got bored

to give her

a call

if not

she would see

him

next time they

worked together

the other couple

just started to

walk to their

car

too tired

to say much

of anything

he wanted to

take back the

steps

he had took

in his haste

to get out

of the car

lean into the

open passenger

side window

and say goodbye

to the both

of them

just so he

could

look into her

eyes

one more time

save her face

for a dream

or maybe get

one more

personal

smile

from her

before getting

in his car

and heading home

alone,

but all he

was able to

do

was stand there

as boyfriend

number two

put their car

in to gear

and drove

them away

leaving him

and all those

tangled up

thoughts

of his

behind…

 

Tom Allen…08-25-2018…


© Copyright 2018 Tom Allen714. All rights reserved.

Add Your Comments:

Comments

avatar

Author
Reply

avatar

Author
Reply