Here or There? (PART 2 of 3)

The following morning brought about another pleasant surprise. When Jack arrived at work he was greeted by the branch supervisor of Mercury and was offered a promotion. This promotion entailed that Jack would be relocated with all expenses paid to their new branch in Colorado as the head software developer. Colorado was a place that Jack always wanted to live in, a state he believed was the best of them all. He never had the chance to move because he was offered the Mercury job post-graduation in his college town and didn’t want to pass up the opportunity, but now, now he could move. Not only was he getting to move, but he was going to be the head of the software development and be accompanied by his soon to be wife, life couldn’t get any better.
After about a month of tying loose ends Jack and Trisha moved out to Colorado to their new house that looked like it was pulled right out of a picture. The house was a log cabin that was surrounded by snow covered pines that were now a part of Jack’s new mountain. When he climbed out of his car he wanted to rush to the top and claim it as his own. Work was about a half hour drive down the mountain into the small city of Silverthorne. The development team threw him a welcoming party and Jack couldn’t believe how young most the team was, they were all about the same age as him. Members of this team soon became very close to Jack and Trisha, inviting them over for dinner and losing multiple hours from brand-name board games that one of them would bring. A year had passed by in a flash along with the ceremony of Jack’s and Trisha’s union as one, the joy that was created throughout this time would be long remembered and sealed away in pictures and videos, and soon it was three years from the time of Jack’s promotion.
“Hey Jack, you doing anything tonight after work?”
“I think Trish and I are just going to curl up in front of the fireplace and watch a movie, eat some popcorn and apples, you know do the whole couple thing.”
“Popcorn and apples?”
“Hey, don’t make fun what you haven’t tried!”
“Alright, heh, whatever, I’ll catch you tomorrow, See ya.”
Jack left the office building and climbed into his new 2008 Honda that he bought after he moved and thought that somethings just need to be changed. The sky was growing dark and rain began falling relentlessly upon the car. The road was blacktop covering and once soaked from the rain looked as if you were flying in space and all you had for a guide were floating white stripes. There was one thing though that was different from driving in space to driving up the mountain were the trees. Sometimes he would catch a glimpse of an overhanging branch here or there or a trunk that was trying to get a sip from the black sea.
The drive should have been the same as the last 2000 times he’s driven home, but tonight the car wasn’t responding the way it should have, like staying on the road. In physics class Jack learned that when a car is moving forward that that force does not want to change directions and that is why turning a car feels so odd because you are breaking the linear path. Tonight though, this car was not having that, and when the turn came the car decided to keep going forward and was soon embedded into the trunk of a tree, fortunately for Jack he didn’t think but blink and the ride was over.

Here or There? (PART 2 of 3)

Ryan Duclos

Chicago, United States

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