The Road Trip by Terveen Gill

They had been planning for weeks.

The road trip that would cement their bond.

A man and his woman. A woman and her man.

They were madly in love. She pledged her devotion. He admitted his adoration.

And there was no third who could contradict either emotion. It was do or die, you or nothing, let’s make heaven a place on earth.

It would be an 1800 miles journey. The open road, two lovebirds, and an elongated stretch of nature. Towns and cities would come and go but that didn’t matter.

The end was what they were looking forward to. A month of ocean and sand. The commitment of a lifetime and the soft utterances of I dos.

It would be no one but the two of them. And that was how they wanted it. Why invite the world to their secret paradise of love? It was sacred, private, and not for the eyes of others.

They would return and announce their reformed status to friends and families. Outside opinions weren’t their concern.

The night before the first day of driving, a small disagreement made the man and woman raise their voices.

She had packed too much.

He had a car that was too small.

And they both went to bed in silence.

The next morning saw them return to their normal selves. She giggled with excitement, he laughed like a braying donkey. They set out with the rising sun and made loving promises with each passing mile.

Then came the boredom and the listless gazes. He drove with his eyes glued to the road, she sat with her eyes peeled for any obstructions. They sighed and groaned.

Even Kenny Rogers couldn’t snap them out of their irritable states. As the country singer crooned on, they regretted their decision.

Sitting for long hours in a confined space wasn’t what they had expected.

After seven hours, the man asked the woman to drive. She took over and began to cry.

He was too jaded to ask why, so she drove and wept, and he turned and slept.

Soon began the hallucinations.

She thought the road had turned into a snake and was raising its head to strike her. Her hands gripped the steering, her foot slammed the brakes. The man yelled and sat up straight, his eyes red and weary.

He demanded an explanation.

She shouted her dissatisfaction.

Both decided to turn around, head back home, and contemplate going their separate ways.

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  1. There are journeys that lead to hell and to the end. Here in Spain the COVID trip has increased divorces and inheritances (and fights over inheritances) Reality surpasses fiction Good story, Greetings Juan

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Thank you so much, Juan! I believe you are correct. Reality can be more terrifying than made-up stories. When the going gets tough, people go their separate ways. 🙂

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  2. wait…. hallucinations? that was unexpected!


    David

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      That’s the mysterious charm of road trips, David. Not knowing the effects of staring at the long, open road. Beware… 🙂

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  3. A happy ending. Well done Terveen…..

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Haha! Happy indeed, Don. They found out well before diving in too deep. 🙂

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  4. Diti Sen dice:

    Happening all too often, these days! Truth is stranger than fiction. Good read Terveen!

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Thank you so much, Diti. I think we need fiction to relieve us from the storms of reality. It can be overwhelming. 🙂

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  5. haoyando dice:

    Wonderful story, Terveen. I love it. It illustrate the frustration and boredom so vividly. Yes, a road trip is a litmus test for a couple. If you can’t stand the little irritations of each other, you’d better split before all the more irritating married life comes in. That’s so true. I am glad the couple decide to go on this trip to test their relationship.

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      I agree, Haoyan. It’s always better to discover the irritants before the actual plunge. I think people are easily irritated, offended, and quick to judge these days. Don’t you sometimes think that solo living is the best way of existing? Thanks for your insightful and wise comments. I appreciate them. 🙂

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      1. haoyando dice:

        Everything can be a source of irritation, even a sneeze or a belch. Or probably even breathing. Yes, living alone has its attractions, but unfortunately humans are also social animals. Even people who enjoy being alone likes societies. It is so strange…

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  6. jonicaggiano dice:

    Great story Terveen. I love the simplicity of how they learned what a mistake they had indeed made. I believe a lot of people look for escapes from bad situations. They marry and are even more miserable.

    This actually tickled me –

    “Even Kenny Rogers couldn’t snap them out of their irritable states. As the country singer crooned on, they regretted their decision.”

    I really enjoyed this read. Have a wonderful evening. Hugs 🤗 Joni

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Thank you so much, Joni. I do agree with you. So many live to escape from their present situations to only fall deeper into a chasm of unfulfillment. It’s a no-win situation that just spirals out of control. I think Kenny Rogers was a wise man. His songs are deep and soothing. I wish you well and lots of peace and joy. 🙂

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      1. jonicaggiano dice:

        My pleasure. You make some wonderful points. I like Kenny Rogers too. Also I am a Hank Williams fan. Sending you a big hug. ❤️Joni

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  7. I’ve never understood the appeal of a road trip.

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      They do seem to be a bit overrated. Definitely a test of patience and mental endurance. Not for everyone… Thank you so much. 🙂

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  8. johnlmalone dice:

    oh dear, it was such a letdown for them both: bad things can happen on road trips to young and old couples alike: down in Oz recently an elderly couple disappeared while on a camping trip: a Jest Star pilot is being held for their murder —

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Oh that’s so terrible, John. I think there is always some sort of danger lurking and such trips need to be done while exercising much caution. Safety first and then adventure. I wish you well. 🙂

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  9. In the summer of 1968, a year before we were married, my wife and I took a five week road trip around the country. The irritants could not be avoided. But we discovered they were not deal breakers for us. I highly recommend a long road trip. You find out one way or the other.

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      It’s nice to know that your road trip was successful, Geoff. Obviously there will always be some irritants and squabbles along the way. But knowing that you can get through this in one piece is an indication of a sturdy relationship that will last. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

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  10. BBYCGN dice:

    I have a habit of packing too much. 😊

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Haha! Me too. It just feels like nothing can be left behind. ‘What ifs’ are hazardous while packing. Thanks Tamara! 🙂

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  11. Jeff Flesch dice:

    Ah, yes, the idea of something may not always hold up to the experience. A lesson for us all to remember. Wonderful story, Terveen. ☺️

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Thank you so much, Jeff! We anticipate but a higher power decides our fates. To realizations and the lessons they teach us. 🙂

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      1. Jeff Flesch dice:

        You’re welcome, Terveen. Always! That’s exactly so, complexly agree. ☺️

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