Happy Friday, everyone! Welcome to the 42nd segment of my fictional story, When Life Hands You Lymes. This is a little bit of a shorter segment (just as long as they used to be, though!), but hopefully I’ll be back to longer WLHYL posts next week. I hope you have a great weekend!
“Of course you can.” I turn and give Katie a grin, “I mean, you don’t mind if he tags along, do you?”
“Since I don’t have any idea of what we’re doing or where we are going, do you really expect me to answer that?” Katie put her hands on her hips. “We’d better be getting something to eat first thing because I’m not sure how much more of your weirdness I can take on an empty stomach.”
“I’m not sure if I should be insulted or feel bad for you.” I turn to Darrick. “What would you say?”
“I’m just plain impressed.” Darrick gives me a high five. “Way to go.”
“So, what are the plans?” Katie asked again after we were in Harmony with the top off and the windows all down.
I put my Jeep in reverse and back out of my garage. “I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.” I know Katie can’t stand not knowing what’s going on, so I figure it will be good for her to just have to go with the flow. Plus, something deep down inside me thinks it will be nice to have them not going on for a change. I hate not knowing each night if I’m going to be able to sleep or waking up each morning not knowing how I’ll feel throughout the day. Even though today is going to be a fun day, maybe the uncertainties will make Katie a little bit more sympathetic to my plight.
We drive along without talking much, the wind blowing is loud enough we’d have to yell to be heard so I just turn on some music instead. Tapping the steering wheel in time to Born for this by Mandisa, I can’t keep the huge grin from off my face. I’m in my Jeep with my sibs, driving down a beautiful country road with wind blowing my hair, music blearing from my stereo and an adventure ahead of us. Life is good.
The niggling feeling starts growing up my back that this is how I had imagined my whole summer going and if it weren’t for my thyroid issues and whatever else was going on I could have been enjoying months of this, but I squashed it. There was no way I was going to let what if’s and if only’s ruin the day. This day is going to be wonderful.
Our first stop was a roadside diner that served breakfast and Katie sighed with relief when I turned off the Jeep.
“I was beginning to think you weren’t going to let us eat.” Katie unbuckled then waited for Darrick to open the door for her. Darrick is such a gentleman when he’s not playing some prank on us. “Thanks bro.” Katie swung her purse over her shoulder and then tried to straighten her hair. “You do realize your Jeep basically murders any ideals I have regarding how I look, don’t you?” She gives me a mock glare.
“Forgive me for just giving you the ride of your life.” I bow at the waist and then toss her the ball cap I had taken from her room, she’d left it on the floor of Harmony. “Put this on and no one will know the difference.”
Katie raises an eyebrow at me but complies.