Slice of Write

Stories & jibber-jabber by Janelle Parmer, Author of The Other Side of the Ledge & Chasing Calla Lilies

It was another 100+ degree day in July on the 10 freeway somewhere between Arizona and New Mexico.  Alex was driving his 2008 Honda civic, while his girlfriend of 3 years, Abby, attempted to find a radio station that would come in clearly.

“I give up,” Abby leaned back in the passenger seat.  “We must literally be in the middle of nowhere,” she snickered.

“There are worse places we could be,” Alex smiled.

“Oh yeah, where?  The Bermuda triangle?” Abby asked as she fumbled to find her water bottle that had fallen under the seat.  “Well, I guess it would be cooler there.”

“I was thinking more along the lines of being at work, or your mom’s house,” Alex chuckled.

“At least we would be well fed at my mom’s house.  I can never find anything to eat at your parent’s house.  I don’t think they eat anything except wheat thins and yogurt.”

“The diet of champions,” Alex said as he wiped his brow.

“Can we turn up the air conditioning yet?” Abby asked.

“I don’t want the car to overheat.”

“Why are Manny and Jes getting married in the middle of July?  It’s like hell out here.”

“Maybe it’s cheaper to get married in hell in the summertime.”  They laughed.

“Hmm, kind of like having a January wedding in Wisconsin,” Abby smiled.

“Can you grab me a soda?” Alex asked as he tried to readjust himself in the seat.

“Sure,” Abby said as she unbuckled her seat belt and maneuvered herself to the cooler sitting behind Alex’s seat.  Alex smiled and playfully slapped Abby’s butt.

“What the hell?” Abby scolded.  She sat back in her seat and put the soda in the middle cup holder.

“Alex wiped his hand on his pants.  “You must be hot.  Your ass is sweaty!”  He laughed.

“Shut up!”  Abby laughed as she lightly punched Alex on the arm.

“Are you going to open the can?”  Alex asked sweetly.

“Oh my God, seriously?”

“Hey, I’m driving.  You’re the passenger and it’s your job to ensure my needs are met so we can arrive at our destination safely,” Alex grinned knowing what Abby’s reaction would be.

Abby rolled her eyes and opened the can.

“Thank you,” Alex smiled.

“I’m starving.”  Abby started fumbling in her purse looking for any signs of food.  She normally keeps snacks in her purse, but has a habit of not replacing them after she has finished the last one.

“We had breakfast 2 hours ago.  How can you be starving?” Alex asked.

“It’s a lot of work meeting your every need,” Abby smirked.  She pulled a package of peanut m&ms from her purse.  “Yes!” She softly yelled.  Abby carefully opened the bag to ensure no little chocolate goodies escaped.  Abby fed Alex the green ones she came across.  Alex wasn’t much of a chocolate fan, but for some reason he had an obsession with green peanut m&ms. 

“You’re the best,” he said as he chomped down.

“I know,” Abby said as she started fumbling with the radio dial again.

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