#104 Sitting in an Idling Car (400 words)

Inspired by: Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence

On Sunday morning, Sadie and Tiffany decided they really should get back to Beacon. Sadie woke them up early, well before dawn, so that they could get to Beacon by early afternoon.

“Is all of your stuff packed?” Sadie asked Tiffany quietly.

“Yeah. I’m ready to go whenever you are.” 

“I’m ready.” 

The women loaded their belongings into Sadie’s car. They winced as the engine turned on and was by far the loudest noise they’ve made during their incredibly quiet escape. 

The headlights turned on automatically, illuminating Heather, standing in front of them. They both screamed in shock, which itself was much louder than the engine had been. 

“I don’t know what I’ve done to you that I don’t even warrant a goodbye,” Heather said.

“We just didn’t want to wake you up. We’re incredibly thankful for you putting up with us the past couple of days.” 

“Sadie, I don’t put up with you. I’m your mother. Taking care of you is what I’m here to do. I don’t want to upset you, or ruin your life and make you live next door to me. I’d love it if that’s what you wanted, but I just want what’s best for you.”

“Thanks, mom. You know I love you, right?” 

“I do, but seeing you this weekend, and seeing you last month. Your father and I have decided now that you’re 30. Maybe our involvement is doing more harm than good.” 


“This is the last month where we’ll take care of any of your expenses. You’re going to have to figure out your budget and how to make your money last.”

Sadie opened her mouth to protest, but Heather cut her off.

“We’re not doing this to punish you. We think we just might have made you too soft for this hard world. We’re doing it because we believe in you and want you to be as successful as possible.” 

“I understand,” Sadie said eventually.

“You two are a great… team! I’m sure you’ll figure it out together. Now both of you get out of here and give me a hug.” 

They all hugged. 

“Does she think we’re dating?” Tiffany asked a few minutes later on the road.

“I think she might. She’s trying, at least. But now that my parents’ blessing…” Sadie joked.

“Let’s start as roommates, and if we fall in love, we fall in love.”


Published by einquin

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

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