It had been Abigails turn to drive for about two hours now and she wished more than anything they could finally hit civilization again. It was late at night and she hated how little light there was on these back roads. They had been forced to take this way when they came upon a ten car accident with no way around. They hadn’t even had the choice to wait since one of the vehicles involved was a tank truck, a truck carrying gasoline. The police were directing everyone away. They considered getting a hotel since the new route would add three more hours to the trip but in the end they decided it was only nine more hours to home, they could just take shifts driving.
Various other mishaps along the way had them still seven hours from home even though Christian had driven three more hours after they found the accident and she had been driving two now. They should have gotten a hotel but they had no way of knowing this was their unlucky day and they couldn’t change it now so she tried to keep her mind on how amazing this summer had been. Not not only was their oldest son starting his final year of High School but all her babies would be in school this year so Abigail and Christian had wanted to make it a summer to remember.
Christian and Abigail now had six of the eight children she had always imagined herself having. Lewis was seventeen and incredibly intelligent. She honestly felt he could have graduated early but he hadn’t wanted to and neither her nor Christian had wanted to pressure him. All speeding him through High School would have done was send him off to college sooner since he already knew what he wanted to be and which college he wanted to attend.
Rorie was fourteen now and had his very first girlfriend. He hadn’t really wanted to leave her for this trip but he came without too much fuss. It was honestly adorable how he was texting with her during his every waking moment. He was still involved with all the family fun but he was staying incredibly connected with her. Abner was eleven and currently snoring way too loud in the backseat. However, she just counted her blessing that five of her children were sleeping soundly.
Rhoslyn, now eight, was awake and staring out the window into the near pitch black of their surroundings. Honestly, without the light of their car most of this seemingly endless road would be pitch black. The twins were adorable as they leaned against one another, sleeping peacefully. They were both five and incredibly close, as most twins are. Sinaht was the oldest by just a few minuets leaving Imra to be the current baby of her children. She didn’t want either of them starting Kindergarten next week but that was life and she knew Christian was still more than willing to give her two more children.
They couldn’t decide what to do with their summer so much to the enthusiasm of the kids they made the whole summer a road trip. They had been to numerous amusement parks, museums, dozens of parks, malls and monuments. Nothing was even planned, they’d just enjoy somewhere then pick the nearest thing that sounded interesting. This summer had been so fun and so full of different things she almost wanted to do this every summer now, that is, if they ever got home from this trip.
Rhoslyn suddenly speaking didn’t alarm her but what she said did “Mom, how does that man keep getting ahead of us?”
“what are you talking about Rhos?”
“we keep passing a man. You don’t see him?”
“No I havent seen anybody baby. You might be seeing a ghost but I wonder why I havnt seen him. Will you tell me when he comes into view again?”
“you’re not going to stop are you” she sounded so alarmed “why shouldn’t I?”
“He scares me, his smile…theres something wrong with it…I dont like it”
“I guess I wont stop then” Rhoslyn seemed so relieved that it almost made Abigail worry about whatever her daughter was seeing. “is he why you cant sleep?”
“Nothing can hurt you while you’re with us?”
“I think hes whats causing all this trouble mom and now I think we’re stuck”
“I dont know…I…I think hes doing something to us”
“we’ll be okay, try to sleep sweetheart”