05 April 2014
The prompts are:
- Keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times
- Forty-five miles to go
- Irish twins
“How much further?” I heard from the backseat, “I really have to pee!”
“Can you hold it a little longer dude? We have 45 miles to go to get to Grandmas.” I turned my head and looked in the back of the car. Joaquin, the oldest boy, was looking out the window while his younger brother’s legs were bouncing up and down; then slapping together rapidly. Justin was doing the pee pee dance with his seat belt fastened. I was actually kind of impressed.
“I can’t hold it dad,” he said with an edge of panic in his voice. “If you don’t want to stop I’ll just roll down the window! Please?”
I looked in the mirror, nobody behind us. The road, right now was deserted and traffic had been sparse since we got on the highway. “I don’t want you peeing out the window,” I said, “you have to keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times – all other body parts as well.” He laughed at this. “I’ll pull over and you can run into the bushes.”
“Hallelujah” sounded up from the back seat.
I nosed the car over to the shoulder and slowed down. Joaquin chimed in, “Hit a few potholes dad. Lets see if we can make him leak.” We all laughed at that. Justin moaned.
Before the car was completely stopped Justin had the door open. As soon as I was stopped he was streaking for a large creosote bush about 20 feet away. He ducked behind it and stayed there for what seemed a long time. I was about to go check on him when he came back around the bush, high tailin’ it to the car.
“I peed on a rattlesnake,” he said breathlessly as he slammed the car door and fastened his seat belt.
“Uh uh,” said Joaquin. “You did not.”
“Did not… How big was it?”
“I don’t know, maybe four feet.”
“Really, did it rattle at you?”
“Course not, you dork. You think I’m dumb enough to pee on a rattler? What a doofus!”
Joaquin made a fist and drew his arm back.
“Easy boys,” I said and pulled back onto the road.
Time is up. Put down your writing implements and step away from the paper.