On The Road To Disaster – Part 3

Part one

Part two

Part three…

Betsy had been driving about fifteen minutes when the lights of the town ahead could be seen through the fading sun of the day.  “See Mike, just up over than next hill and we are off on our adventure.

Mike reached over a kissed her on the cheek.  “This will be a great vacation babe.”

As they crested the hill Betsy turned and said, “You are so right.”  That would be the last thing she remembered.  She awoke in a strange bed and knew from the IV that she was in a hospital but how, why, where was Mike?  She slowly moved her hand to look for a button and felt pain shoot through her chest.  She finally found the button and pressed it.

“May I help you?” came the voice over the intercom.

“Where is Mike?”

“Just a moment Betsy, I will get your doctor.”

For what seemed like an eternity she waited to hear news of Mike.  The doctor finally came into the room with a big booming voice, “Well look who finally woke up.”

“How long have I been asleep?  Where is Mike?  What happened?”

“Slow down Betsy.  You were in a car accident do you remember that at all?”

“No, just driving up the hill outside of town, then waking up here.”

“Well you were in a very serious accident.  A drunk driver crossed the center line and hit you head on.”

“Where is Mike?”

“Unfortunately, I am afraid to tell you that Mike did not live.  Neither did the driver of the other car.  But the good news is you and the baby are both ok.  You have some cracked ribs, a broken leg and lots of bruises.”

“You can’t be right.  Mike never gets hurt or sick.  He is just in another room isn’t he?”

“I am sorry to say no Betsy.  Mike and Jerry Duncan, the driver, both died.”

She looked in shock as tears started to well in her eyes.  Then she suddenly turned back to the doctor and said, “Did you say baby?”

“Yes, you and your baby are both going to be fine with a little rest and recovery.”

Betsy burst into tears.  She just lost the love of her life but gained something more that would always connect her to Mike – a child.

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – live

On The Road To Disaster – Part 2

Part One

Part Two…

Jerry was sitting in a corner booth trying to get the bartender’s attention.   His glass was once again empty.  He had begun to indulge on whiskey and beer about 3 hours ago and was feeling no pain.  The bartender finally acknowledged him and approached.  “I am sorry sir, but I cannot serve you anymore.  Can I call you a cab?”

Jerry made a face at the bartender, “Well screw you!  I didn’t like this dump anyway” he said as he began to stand up too quickly and ended up on the floor.  The bartender once again asked. “Can I get you a cab to take you home?”

Jerry was climbing his way back up with help of the booth he had just been in.  “I don’t need a cab.  My car knows the way home automatically.”

The bartender just shook his head as he watched Jerry leave the bar and get into his car.  Under his breathe he said, “I am going to call him in, He is far too drunk to drive.”  He picked up his cell phone and dialed the local police non-emergency number.  He explained to the dispatcher how he offered a cab a couple of times, but he had refused.  “I just don’t want him to cause any damage to anyone else tonight.  He has been in here all afternoon.”

Jerry was making his way home, but these houses didn’t look like his neighborhood.  He left the side street and turned onto the highway towards the edge of town and towards a terrible tragedy.

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – indulge

Happy and Grateful – Day 225

Seven months are gone now and surprisingly I am still plugging along with this challenge to post about my happiness and gratitude every day this year.  August brings the state fair here in Iowa and lots of heat and humidity.  It is the time to see the back to school shopping start with kids dreading it and parents loving it.  As I continue my challenge I hope you will take a minute to reflect on your day too.  You can even share your happiness and gratitude here in the comments or on your own blog.  There is good in every day!

Another day to try new things… six word stories.  The extreme of limited words!  I don’t know if I cheated a bit by leading the story with a descriptive title or not, but I got it done I think.  It is on a subject I am passionate about.  I have seen one friends life almost ruined after she drove drunk.  I had a person I graduated with injured badly in a drunk driving accident.  And to this day I am so grateful my ex-husband never did drive when he was drunk… the one part of his alcoholism he seemed to have some control over.

It was another day to stick around home.  I did a little more computer “work” and some photo editing.  I am all ready for my Monochrome Monday post tomorrow.  I did get a package ready to mail out tomorrow (a book my daughter sold on Amazon).  Did some tidying up.  And got to talk to two different friends today – one on the phone and one online.  It was a good day two of vacation and I was happy to be at peace most of the day.

I need to get some rest… have to take my Dad to the clinic tomorrow for a blood draw so I can’t sleep in too late.  Find your happiness and feel your gratitude!  Have a good night/day!