Life Is a Highway
The sun was shining, and it was proving to be a beautiful fall day. “For once the weatherman had called it right,” Kate mused aloud, as she opened the moon roof and all four windows to let the fresh air blow through.
A smile planted itself on her face as smell of hot clay entered her nostrils and the wind played tag with her hair, whipping it back and forth like a fabric flag on a beach. Rascal Flatt’s rendition of “Life Is a Highway” blared from her speakers. For just this moment, she forgot that she was on an assignment. She forgot about the mysterious phone calls that had ended in a threat. She forgot Rupert Hills. She even forgot about Martin’s problems for just this moment, and let the wind and the music carry her soul to the distant shores they sang about in the song. She let the wind take her any place but here.
She rolled smoothly down the white highway, past the drab tan grasses and brown hills that made up the landscape around her. She was so engrossed in the drive that she didn’t even notice when the tan grasses turned into the rich emerald provided by the Gasconade River, and the brown hills became the green Ozarks. She sailed past the sign that welcomed her to Newburg, Missouri, a town built by the Frisco Railroad. She cruised past the visitor’s center where she was supposed to stop. She continued driving through, not even bothering to let the railroad town pique her senses. She hit Old Route 66 and turned, finally finding the destination she sought, the Trail of Tears.
This week, we’d like you to take us on an actual journey, specifically a road trip? Think about who is in the car. Where are they going and why? What’s on the radio or what are the travelers talking about?
In 300 words or less, create a fiction or creative non-fiction piece that lets us feel the wind from an open window or the dry heat of a car vent.
This is another snippet from my NaNo project. I hope you are enjoying reading these as much as I am enjoying writing it!
So, talk to me. Did I take you there? What’d I miss? What could be better?