Saturday, June 27, 2015

2. How They Ran

It was almost midnight and they were driving towards Edinburgh . There wasn't a specific reason for that. It was the first thing that came to mind. Besides, Edinburgh was pretty far from Birmingham and if something bad were to happen, they could escape easily.

"We can't go home and we can't contact our families. If we use cards, they will track us down. Besides, the police will look for us too since we worked there tonight" She sighed and leaned her head against the window.

"What are we going to do?" He took a peek at her. She looked completely drained. The stress was backfiring.

"We can only use the cash we have on us" He stopped the car at a gas stop and turned to her.

"How much do you have?" She asked. He grabbed his bag that he randomly threw in the back and got his wallet. "Wow. Quite a few, huh?" He rolled his eyes.

"Your turn" She threw her wallet at him. Luckily, she was a person who used to keep the wallet at her all the time. His eyes widened when he found only one bill. "At least it's 100 dollars" She only threw a glance at him before she turned to look on the window.

"It's fake" He raised an eyebrow. "I keep it in case I get robbed" He didn't believe her.

He inspected it closely and realized she was right. She was unfortunately right.

"Are you serious? Why would someone even think of that?" She shrugged.

Evan rubbed his face and tried to understand how she could be so, so...He didn't even have a word for it.

"At least you have enough money for gas" He smiled ironically at her.

"Of course. Because I work three jobs only to make money for gas" She noticed his sarcasm and didn't like it.

He got out of the car before she could say something. Gas stops usually had CCTV so he had to move quickly. He bought a 2,5l bottle of water and a few packs of chips. He paid for them and for the gas. Evan was still holding on his precious money. The cashier took his money hard. He felt a stab in his heart when the cashier snatched it from his hand.

When he returned to Abby, he found her leaning against the window with a grim expression. He threw the bottle and packs on her lap and went to fill the car. She took a pack of chips and inspected it closely. She rolled down the window and turned her head to him.

"I don't like spicy things! This has spicy sauce!" Evan could barely care about her preferences. He ignored her but she wasn't giving up easily. "It's your entire fault if we'll have to stop so I can use the bathroom!" He didn't care.

She pouted and narrowed her eyes at him before she rolled the window back up. She grabbed her phone and realized she had only half of the battery full.

"Alright. Let's go" He entered the car and turned on the engine. It was a good car and the sound made Evan smile.

"So you like cars?"

"That doesn't concern you" She scoffed.

"We're stuck together for indefinite time. I think I deserve to know some things about you" He glanced at her from the corner of his eye for exactly a second.

"I live in Birmingham and my university is in Birmingham" She grew curious.

"What university? What major?"

"University of Birmingham. IT." She snorted before she started to laugh. "What?"

"You don't look like an IT specialist" He rolled his eyes. "You look more like the guy in sports who doesn't do very well at school" If that wasn't offending, he didn't know what was. "Do you want to know what I am majoring in?"

"No" She pouted. He was no fun at all.

"Don't you want to know anything about me? It might be useful in the future"

"No" Her excitement was hit with every cold response. He raised an eyebrow when he saw her turning on the music player and connecting her phone to it. "What are you doing?"

"Creating good atmosphere" He grunted. He was sure she was the type to listen a lot of shitty music.

The atmosphere definitely didn't become good. It was far from good. She was jamming to every song on her phone. At first it was Beyonce's Crazy in Love. She was dancing weirdly on the passenger seat.

Next was Justin Timberlake's Tunnel Vision. She was getting ahead of herself. Her hands were moving wildly and she almost hit him in the face.

A car drove past them and the driver told Abby to turn the music down. It was annoying. She flipped him off with a wide smile. The driver swore before he hit the acceleration.

"Did you just flip him?" She chuckled. He shook his head but smiled nonetheless. "You're crazy" She winked at him cutely.

The happy songs passed quickly and he found out that she had better tastes in ballads. Her behavior changed too. She was tired after she messed around for almost two hours.

"What are you thinking about?" He was really curious. She looked like she just got dumped and wasn't even looking at him.

"Nothing. I just want to feel like the principle sad character in a sad music video. Now shut up and drive. I'm feeling the mood here" He raised an eyebrow but didn't dare ask anything else. She was a weird girl.

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The rest of the way was normal. As normal that was with Abby in the car. The spicy chips really had an effect on her and Evan had to stop the car in the middle of nowhere.

"You have nowhere to go here" She blinked.

"Turn around" He was ruffling his hair when he stopped and stared at her in confusion.

"What?"

"Turn around" He did. He didn't know exactly what to expect but when he heard her sigh in relief he knew he didn't want to know.

A few minutes later she walked next to him happily.

"What now?" She smiled and took a deep breath of fresh air.

"I really like it here. It's peaceful and silent" Right when she said that, a big car honked really loudly.

"Shut up and get in the car" He was already walking towards the car but she was in the same spot.

"You have to become one with the nature!" She yelled after him. A bird flew over her head and shitted on her shoulder. She froze. "Maybe not"

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"What's that on your shoulder?" She just entered the car add they got back on the road when he asked that. She chuckled nervously.

"Nature?" He chuckled. "It smells" She scrunched her nose in disgust. In Evan's point of view, she got exactly what she deserved.

"Did you become one with the nature enough?" She nodded eagerly. He shook his head bemusedly and threw a hankie at her. She bowed slightly in gratitude.

"Do you think the police already called our families?" After that bird shitted on her shoulder, she calmed down. She realized that the Universe wasn't on her side that day.

"I don't know. But it's still too early to talk about it. It's morning and we've been on the road the whole night" She nodded. It was really unfortunate that they got involved with bad people.

"Isn't it weird? We didn't go looking for trouble. The trouble came to us" She started to chuckle and play with her phone. She jumped in surprise when it started to vibrate and ring. She dropped it somewhere at Evan's feet.

"Wait!" She bent after her precious phone. It was still ringing and he was still driving. Since it was morning and they entered Edinburgh, the street wasn't empty like before.

He drove past a big car with a woman driving. Next to her was a teenage guy. From his point of view, her head was over his lap and he was caressing her hair. It looked bad and pornographic.

However, the reality was far different. She was leaning over his lap but she was only trying to reach her phone. He wasn't caressing her hair, he was hitting her head.

"Get off! Get off!" She grunted. Only a little bit towards left and that was it. She grabbed her phone and smiled. She completely forgot the position they were in and pulled back quickly. She hit him in the nose pretty hard.

"Ah sorry. I forgot your head was there. Here let me help you" She pushed his head back. His eyes widened and he tried to keep looking where he was driving.

"What are you doing?! I'm driving here!" She pinched his nose and he squirmed. He heard honks all around him and pushed her hands away. "Are you crazy? We're not alone on the street!!" She bit her lip and leaned back in her seat like a good girl. She turned her head towards the window.

"I only wanted to help" She mumbled. He glared at her quickly before he turned back to look in front.

"Don't do that again. Stupid woman" She pouted and leaned her head against the window.

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