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Turn Right, Ahead

“The GPS says to turn here!”

Sure enough, as I scoured the tree-lined side of the road for the turn this robot voice was now telling us about, I could not imagine why we would turn into the woods.

Suddenly as if out of nowhere, a small, wooden bridge appeared in the brush. It looked sturdy enough, but before I could reply either way she turned the wheel and we were on it.

“Um…this isn’t even a road!” Ahead lay nothing but dirt.

“The GPS says it is!”

“I know…but once on Office it told Michael to turn and he read it wrong and ended up driving into a lake.”

She looked at me.

“And I can’t swim.”

I looked up and noticed a rickety sign that said “Road Closed” and under that saw something about the word lake and freaked.

“It said lake, it said lake!”

“Relax!” she said laughing. To be honest, I was laughing too. How could a GPS even know this dirt road existed, let alone that it was closed? We were laughing too hard to even watch where we were going.

“Turn around!” I yelled between laughs.

“Where?” All of a sudden we were driving past a brand new house with a small clearing across from it.

“Really, here?” I asked. Why would anyone choose this spot to build a house?

She laughed more as she turned into the clearing to make a three-point turn. I had my camera out.

“I hope someone comes out!”

“Don’t you dare take a picture of people if they come out! Nobody even knows we’re here!”

“Come on. A house that nice, they’ll probably offer us fresh squeezed lemonade.”

“Do you see any lemon trees around here?”

She had a point, but still.

We laughed hysterically until we came back to the bridge, and all of a sudden the GPS righted itself and the robotic voice said, “Turn right, ahead.”

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Shift

Jon gripped the gear shift, moved it, and the engine revved as they picked up speed.

“Huh?  What do you think?”

Kate was gripping the handle on the door, and her wide eyes weren’t blinking.

“Maybe you should slow down a little?”

He shifted again and slowed down, knowing he was pushing his luck.

“I just wanted you to see how fast it could go on these back roads.”

“I’m impressed, okay?  Speed doesn’t exactly turn me on when I feel like I’m going to die.”

She opened up her laptop again, and returned to working on her film in Final Cut Pro. He looked over as she kept trying different key combinations.

“It’s Shift and Z, hun.  Shift-Z brings the whole timeline into view.  That’s what you’re trying to do, right?”

“Yeah, thanks.  I always forget,” she said, hitting the buttons and seeing the whole image shrink down.

“Good call!”

He smiled and slowed down for a red light.

“Hey, what time is it? I could go for a coffee.”

She looked at the little clock in the top right corner of her laptop. “2 A.M. We still have a few more hours of driving ahead of us. Maybe it’s a good idea.”

He pulled in to the Wawa parking lot and unbuckled his belt. “Coming?”

“No way. Have you ever seen the people who work the graveyard shift in there? Creepy.  I’ll be fine right here.”

“Okay,” he said, slamming the door too hard and startling her. She gave him a look as he smiled at her through the windshield.

Inside there was a solitary worker at the register who awkwardly kept shifting his weight from one foot to the other, obviously tired of standing.  John poured himself a coffee, added sugar, and placed a lid on top.  He paid and went back to the car.

“Hey hun,” he said, climbing into the car, “Did you—” He saw that she had fallen asleep, so he closed her laptop and moved it to the back seat.  He started the car and pulled out into the road a little too fast.

After a few turns, the road stretched out in front of him in a straight line, and after a quick look to make sure she was still asleep, he shifted gears again, speeding up.  He smiled and kept driving that way when all of a sudden a deer ran out into the road, leading him to turn the wheel hard, and at the same time the momentum shifted Kate so violently that she was startled out of her sleep just in time to watch Jon complete the 360 he just did with the car.

“Whoa, did you see that?” he asked her.

“Jon, we need to talk,” she said.