DANE'S CAR - SOMEWHERE ALONG
do you mean?" Grace asked as she began to panic. "What do you
mean 'we're stuck'?"
"Exactly what I said," Dane
replied as he looked intently down at the gearshift and again tried to shift
into reverse. "We're stuck! It's the snow. We can't go
"We can't be stuck!"
Her hands began to shake as she felt tears start to stream down her
cheeks. "I've got to get to Douglas! I've got to get back to my
mother! Do something!"
okay," he muttered and got out of the car. "Now, Grace, you
slide over into the driver's seat and I'll try to push. You press on the
gas and try to steer us out."
"O-okay," she nodded shakily and
did what he asked.
With fierce determination, she shifted the
car into reverse and pressed down onto the gas. When all her actions
merely caused spun wheels and only a slight rocking of the car, more from Dane's
pushing than her efforts, she tried again. Over and over, she repeated her
attempts to shake the vehicle free. However, all of their efforts were in
vein. They were still stuck.
"Stop!" Dane called out as he
walked back up to the driver's side door, covered in a icy mixture of snow and
mud. "This...isn't going to work."
"It has to work!" Grace
cried. "I have to get home!"
"We're stuck!" he said firmly as
he grabbed her by the shoulders and shook her in an attempt to calm her and
force her to accept their fate. "This car isn't going anywhere."
"Then I'll...I'll walk!"
With determination, she got out of the car and immediately sank down into the
snow before turning to start on her trek down the highway.
"Grace, there aren't any houses close
by," he called out after her. "It's freezing out here!
You'll get frostbite before you make it home."
"I have to get home!"
"Look, this is a main road. Cars
come along here all the time." Dane leaned up against the car and discreetly
glanced up and down the road. Of course, he hadn't seen a car in quite a
while, but he didn't need to remind her of that. "Let's just get back
in the car and wait for someone to come along. It shouldn't be very
Grace stopped in her tracks and considered
what he'd said. The frigid wind blew against her face and she shivered
from the cold. Maybe he was right. Maybe it would be better
to just sit and wait. After all, a car could come along at any time.
"All right," she relented as she
turned and walked back to the car. With a sigh, she got back in on the
passenger side and sat down.
"Now, that's better." Dane
slammed his door shut and turned to look at her. Grace's emotion and anxiety
were obvious and effected him deeply. "I'm sorry we're stuck."
"It's not your fault," she sighed
and slumped down into the seat, wrapped her arms around herself, and shivered,
still chilled from the cold winter air.
"Come here." He leaned over
and wrapped his arms around her in an attempt to warm her. "I told
you that you wouldn't make it. You're already freezing. Can you
imagine how cold you would have gotten if you'd kept going?"
"I know," she muttered as she
allowed him to hold her. It was a situation she found both comfortable and
awkward. She turned to glance in his direction and found him staring at
her with a sly gleam in his eye. "What are you looking at?"
"You," he chuckled.
"Even turned into a human snow cone, you're still beautiful."
His complement made her blush, but she
found the resulting heat comforting. Suddenly, she felt his lips brush her
ear and the warmth of his breath on her neck. As a chill ran through her,
she swallowed hard. She was alone with Dane, in his arms. It was a
situation she'd often dreamt of. However, she thought that she'd pushed
those dreams aside and put them in the past. Now, in such close proximity,
she wasn't so sure.
"Grace, you are so
Dane pressed his lips against hers as the intimacy
of the moment overcame them. He was more than a little pleased when she
began to respond and began kissing him back.