She slows the car down when the road splits in two different directions, looking expectantly at me for which way we should drive. I look down at the map lying in my lap, trying to pinpoint exactly where we are, cursing my best friend’s stupid idea to leave our phones at home. Going old style, she said.
“We’re at a crossroad” I state the obvious, turning the map in a different direction, praying to a higher power for strength not to throw my best friends adventurous ass out of the car for getting us lost.
“Well, duh. I can see that” Mia chimes in sarcastically from the drivers side.
“Which way should we go?”She asks
“I have no idea. The map is wrong – there is no road to the left on it” I chew nervously on my bottom lip, looking towards the right first, then to the left. “Right, I guess”
I have absolutely no desire to drive down a road I don’t know the end to. Besides, the road to the right has fully functioning streetlights whereas the road to the left is completely dark and gloomy, looking creepy as hell.
My sometimes idiot of a best friend looks down both roads too, assessing both roads separately, tapping her chin as she decides which one to pick.
“Left it is!” She claps suddenly before grabbing for the steering wheel.
I wrap my fingers around her forearm to keep her from turning. “Are you insane? Why would you drive us down a road that looks like the highway to hell when the other looks like the road to heaven? We don’t know what’s at the end of that road, Mia” I hiss out.
“Because were taking the road less traveled and all that shit. Come on, Lisa. It’ll be fun!” She grins.
I look at her like she’s just lost her mind, because that’s what it sounds like to me. No one in their right minds would drive down that road when the other one is an option. Especially not in the middle of the night without phones.
“There is nothing to be afraid of, Lisa. If we were walking I would have voted for the right, but were in a car with locked doors. Besides, you’re the one who wanted to go on an adventure. Driving down a new road is an adventure since we have no idea where we’ll end up”
She gives me her best puppy dog eyes, the one she knows I can’t say no to. A huff of irritation leaves my lungs as I lean myself back against the seat and crosses my arms over my chest. “Fine, but I swear to god- if I get murdered, I’m coming back to haunt your ass”
“Ahh, you say the sweetest things, Mia”She sighs dreamily, looking far off in the distance. “You want to be in my life even after your dead. I’m touched” She grins, teeth and all. And I can’t for the life of me stop my own smile from forming. Damn her!
“Hey, ho, left we go?” She singsongs then, raising a questioning eyebrow at me.
“God. Yes. Fine. Left we go”