Rodney adjusted the rear-view mirror. “Do you think it worked?”
Evvi, his younger sister, propped her sneakers up on the dashboard and flipped the page of her latest book. “If I didn’t, do you think we would be in this car?” Her eyes never left the book.
“But how do you know?” Rodney tapped the steering wheel. His leg bounced. “Something that big should’ve made the news by now.” He flipped through the radio stations.
Evvi slapped his hand harder than she had to and turned it off. “They’re probably keeping things hushed up. Do you really think Turner would give me this assignment if he had doubts?”
“Maybe you two have something going on,” Rodney said, flexing his hand. “What? Don’t look at me like that. It wouldn’t be the first time you tricked your way to the top.”
Evvi rolled her eyes, feeling any further conversation with the fool would make her one.
Her brother cruised onto the next street and merged onto the bridge.
Car after car passed them.
Frowning, Evvi closed 1984 and kept a finger in it to save her place. She flicked her gaze between the speed limit sign to the speedometer. “Why are you doing thirty on a fifty-five?”
Rodney cracked a smile and looked at her sideways.
A symphony of high-pitched honks came at them.
Evvi slammed her book down. “Speed up, dammit. You’re attracting attention we don’t need.”
He inspected the mirrors and pressed on the gas. “Time to fall from the throne, princess.” He jerked the wheel to the left. Tires screeched.
Evvi gasped and shot out a hand to grab the wheel, but it was too late. The car crossed the left lane and soared over the edge of the bridge. She tried to relax her entire body, knowing that tensing up would cause more damage.
For a moment, she stared into the gray clear sky. She’d never watched the clouds before. Everything happened in slow motion, at first, then time sped up. The lake below embraced the car like a kitchen floor welcomed an egg.
Sonya nominated me for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge — I thank you so ever kindly! If anyone hasn’t read her stories, you’re missing out. This is my first entry, but Sonya’s two days away from completing the challenge herself.
The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to . . .
- Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo.
- The story can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph — it’s entirely up to you.
- Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge. Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command.
Today, I nominate Ella aka Jumbleskine.