The glow from the road sign flickers in my rear view mirror as I pull into the parking spot. I look up and catch the eye of a clerk who aimlessly stares out the storefront window, My fingers twitch as I turn off the ignition.

My car has been in a state of disrepair for a seeming eternity. It runs fine, it just doesn’t have the common, socially-approved aesthetics that every one else has. There are no fog lights, no snow tires, no clean back seat. Just me. Me and a whole bunch of useless shit I’ve picked up somewhere along the way.

My fingers grope the compartments. 10, 35, 36. I open the middle container to a sea of asprin, pens and yellowed napkins. 41, 51, 56. I lift the warm, most likely flat, can in the cup holder. 81, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110.

Panic sets in. My hands burst into my pockets. Nothing. I fondle the opening of my camera bag. Nothing. I survey the vast wasteland of fast-food bags, sporting equipment and eclectic findings that is my backseat. Nothing.

Solemnly I open the door to the car and step out into the cold winter night. On the precipice of defeat I kneel to the ground and gaze upon the areas only my feet trudge. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. In one last ditch effort I stick my hand under my car seat in the promise  of drinking with the muses of creative expression once more.


Elated I jump up, dust my knees off and skip into the store. The artificial air hits my skin and I nod politely to the clerk. like a wide-eyed child I make my way to the coolers. No. No. No. Yes!!!

I stare for a moment, savoring the sight of the 20 oz. blue and red plastic grail for which I have traveled. Unwilling to wait any longer I open the door, retrieve the article and make my way to the counter.

I dump my coins upon the counter like a Spanish conquistador about to barter for the riches he seeks. “No, I do not want your plastic.”

I get back in my car and savor the first sips of sweetness.

It’s time to write.


This was written for the daily post. Check out the prompt here. And be sure to read what these other bloggers wrote:

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