#94 Broken Car Blues (600 words)

Inspired by: Tombstone Blues

Sadie drove the entire day to make amends for driving them so far out of the way. By the time they reached Cansez City, it was tough to say who was more exhausted, Sadie, or her car. It shuddered as it pulled into a parking spot outside their motel room. 

They woke up the next morning and got ready for another day of driving. Tiffany didn’t say anything, but she was annoyed they were five days into their trip and barely into the Midwest. Sadie didn’t acknowledge it, but she could tell. 

Sadie turned the key in the ignition, and the car sputtered. The car turned on for a couple of seconds and died. Sadie tried again and again and again. Each time with diminishing returns. 

“I think it might be dead,” Sadie said mournfully. 

“Great! As if this trip couldn’t get any worse. Now, what are we going to do?”

“You can plan too, you know. I haven’t heard one suggestion from you all week. Just complaints when my ideas don’t work out.”

“Did you service your car at all before you decide to drive 3000 miles?!”

“Of course not because I didn’t plan to drive 3000 miles. I just did it on a whim.”

“Sadie. You’re a doctor. How are you this scatterbrained?”

“I don’t know. I don’t like being a doctor.”

Tiffany’s anger faded caught off guard by Sadie’s answer. 

“You don’t?”

“No,” Sadie said as she sat in the parking lot, leaning beside her deceased vehicle. 

Tiffany sat beside her. 

“I thought it was like your dream job.”

“Some dreams aren’t meant to be a reality.”

“How are we supposed to start over at 30? What was the point of our twenties if every decision we made now needs to be undone?”

“Good fucking question.”

“Well, since we’re stuck here. I’m deciding we get breakfast. A big one.”

Tiffany sprang you her feet and helped Sadie up. 

They found a diner, and Tiffany ordered waffles, pancakes, eggs three ways, bacon, sausages, more pancakes, and home fries. Minutes later, every inch of the table was covered in food. 

“What do you think you’d rather be doing?” Tiffany asked with a mouth full of waffles. 

Sadie took a bite from a sausage patty and shrugged. 

“Becoming a doctor was my plan since kindergarten. But now that I’m doing it, I’m miserable.”

“Aww, Sadie. You work so hard. I wish I could just read your aura and tell you what to be.”

“Seriously, why can’t we just like get our brains scanned and figure out what would make us happy?”

“Or see the future, so we know who not to waste our time on.”

“Or go back in time and retry things until we make the right decision.”

Sadie and Tiffany laughed and ate all of the food they ordered. Afterward, they felt better and closer to each other than they had in weeks. 

“I think we both just need to reflect on our lives and figure out what to do next”, Tiffany said. 

“I know what we should do!”

“What?”

“Take a train to California.”

“I’ve never ridden on a train.”

“Me either!”

They paid their check and got Sadie’s car towed to a mechanic. 

“Oh my gosh. I’m going to be sick!” Tiffany declared before puking in the grass. 

“Big breakfast,” Sadie explained. “A week should be fine. I’ll be out of town anyway.”

They arrived at the train station with thirty minutes to spare. They bought their tickets and boarded, excited for the next stage of their adventure.  36 more hours until they’re at the coast. 

Published by einquin

Writing personal exploration flash fiction as well as building the foundations for a comic book universe.

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