#102 Fourth Street Drama (400 words)

Inspired by: Positively 4th Street

Sadie and Tiffany returned to Cansez City to pick up her car. It turned out to have quite a bit more wrong with it than she initially thought.

“Two thousand dollars?!” Sadie asked. 

“Yeah. Since you were out of town, we fixed everything we could. You’re going to need to pay in full if you want to drive out of here today.”

In disbelief, Sadie handed him her debit card. 

“That’s the rest of my money,” Sadie said to Tiffany when they drove off. 

“I’m basically tapped out too.”

“What are we going to do?” 

Sadie looked at the time. “If we drive all day, we could probably make it to my parent’s house in Marieville and crash there.”

“That sounds good.”

They drove all day and pulled into the Hawkins’ parking lot around five PM. 

“Should we have called ahead?”

“No way I’m their daughter. They’ll be delighted to see me.”

Sadie unlocked the front door and entered as the family ate dinner. 

“Sadie, what are you doing here?” Heather asked. 

“Nice to see you too, mom.”

“And you brought a friend, what a nice surprise. Is this…Ein?.”

“What? No! This is Tiffany, you’ve met her before. Ein and I broke up.” 

“We’re both sort of going through breakups and thought we’d get out of the city,” TIffany said.

News of that Sadie was single instantly cheered Heather up. “Well, have a seat.” 

Heather shoved Sadie’s brother, Cole, aside and found two more chairs. 

“So what’s the ulterior motive here? Let me guess you’re here because you’re out of money.” 

“I had plenty of money! Until my car broke down.”

“It broke down when you drove here last month too! You’ve got to get rid of that thing.” 

“There’s no point now it’s basically brand new! We just need a place to stay for the night, and we’ll be out of your hair in no time.”

“Sorry, my dreams are so expensive. Would you rather I live here like Cole?”

“It would be a lot cheaper if you did,” Her dad, Logan, said. 

“And you get on my case why I only visit once a year! I wish you would come to visit me so I could treat you this way. It’s miserable!”

Sadie picked up her plate of food and stormed off to her bedroom, leaving Tiffany to eat with her family. The atmosphere improved significantly. 

Published by einquin

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

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