- SOMEWHERE ON ANDERSONVILLE RD.
clinched the steering wheel tightly as her entire body began to shake.
Taking a deep breath, she peered through the windshield and saw that, not only
had she skidded off the road, but she'd slammed the car into a tree.
Shaken, she took inventory of herself and realized that she was okay.
Despite the accident, she hadn't been hurt.
As she continued to look out
the window, she saw the headlights of the other car reflecting on the
snow. Had she hit them? Where they okay? Suddenly, she saw the
vague, shadowy figure of a man approaching the car.
"Are you all right?"
the oddly familiar voice called out. "Are you hurt?"
stammered awkwardly as she rolled down the window to see who the other driver
was. To her shock, she discovered that it was none other than Dane
he exclaimed, surprised to see her. "What the devil are you doing out
here in this weather?"
"I...I have to get home
and get Douglas," she muttered, still shaken by the evening's events.
"Our...mother is sick and I...have to get him."
"Not in that car,"
he laughed as he reached down and opened her car door. "Looks like
you banged it up pretty badly."
"My god, Douglas is going
to kill me!" Grace tugged her heavy winter coat closed as she stood
in the deep snow and looked at the damage. "I...I've got to
"Just calm down,"
Dane sighed as he put his hand on her shoulder to ease her still rattled
nerves. "What's so important that you're in such a hurry? You
said something about your mother?"
is..." She quickly turned away from him to hide her emotion as her
eyes welled up with tears. "Our mother is in very bad health.
The doctor said...that she won't make it through the night. They haven't
been able to get in touch with Douglas because of the storm."
"Grace, I'm so
sorry." He pulled her into his arms as she broke down sobbing.
"Look, lets just leave the car here and get in my car. I can take you
muttered with a nod. "I just...have to get to Douglas."
"I understand," he
said softly and led her to his car that had skidded off onto the other side of
the road in an attempt to avoid her oncoming vehicle. "Just get in
and I'll get you home as fast as I can."
Dane started the car and
shifted into reverse so that he could maneuver back onto the road. With a
curious look, he bit his lip and shook his head in frustration.
Grace asked nervously when she realized that they weren't moving.
"I...thought you were taking me home!"
"Looks like we have a
small problem," he sighed. "We may not be going anywhere."
sorry." He turned and took her hand into his as his eyes filled with remorse
and regret. "But it looks like we're stuck."