We’d been on the road for over ten hours. Tired. Thank goodness the dogs were riding peaceably. Two more hours, maybe two and a half we’ll be able to settle for the night.
For a van, this one’s pretty kickass, decent tech and the guts when I need it. Never thought I’d be saying that about a van, but there you have it.
The road was clean and traffic light. Everyone was behaving. But it was a dark night! The flashing of the dashed white road lines were hypnotic, teasing my mind into complacency.
I let my passenger pick the music. I was driving her across the country for her big move. And though it’s been a long stretch, we had a fair bit of energy left.
This was a stop for gas. The dogs were sleeping so it’d be quick.
Taking a spot by the pump, I shut off the engine and just sat still, not thinking. So nice!
It seemed like the night itself was resting with us. The headlights on the other side of that fence on the ever living interstate were a million miles away, speaking to themselves.
My passenger went to prepay for the gas as I let my gaze wander.
Closing my eyes a stretch, I opened them to look around. There was an old pickup with a camper. A hunk of junk, no, it’s somebody’s home.
I studied it for a couple minutes. It seemed like it was in pretty decent shape, for what it is. It made me wonder. Sure it must have its own difficulties, but maybe it’s pretty cool not having to answer to anyone.
That’s when I noticed the guy in the doorway to the convenience store. He didn’t look disheveled. But I could tell the truck belonged to him. His clothes were worn, like his rig.
When she came out of the door, he started to talk with her. I studied them. It seems just like they were having words.
When they both looked over to me, I decided to get out of the van. She didn’t look to be in danger, but sometimes awkward situations can develop, or worse. So I stepped out and leaned against the side, keeping a casual eye on the two.
That’s when she reached into her purse and handed something to him.
When she returned, she told me he had asked for money.
(From my trip with my sister a few weeks ago.)
(I did not read notifications today. I always feel calm on those days.)