Monday, October 16, 2017
Chapter 31: The Road Home
The old army troop transport swayed a little as it drove down the dusty road.
Perhaps "road" was going too far. It was a pair of tracks down a debatably flatter section identical to the surrounding plain. Misty had long since given up checking for cell service. They really were in the middle of nowhere, though a gradual increase in the number of trees hinted that they were nearing a more habitable area.
Jack drove, while Wendell sat in the passenger seat drumming on the open window's sill along with the staticy radio station. The lyrics seemed to be in Bulgarian, but it was hard to tell.
"You know, the native tunes around here... at first it's not much but after awhile..."
Jack looked down at his fingers. They were drumming on the steering wheel. "Yeah, it kinda grows on ya, man."
Misty, who lay between the boys: eyes shut, and feet propped up on the dash, now spoke up. "Just get us home, and I promise to buy you their greatest hits album."
"I'll hold you to that. It looks like there's a town up ahead." Jack pointed at something just before it disappeared behind the crest of a hill.
"All right! Now all we need is to borrow a phone to call Micheal!" Wendell poked Misty's arm, "And see if they have a Sam Goody!"
Wendell and Jack smiled at eachother.
Everyone was riding an adventure high. Eventually, they no longer hold it in.
"Woo! Team!", shouted an overjoyed Jack Savage banging happily on the steering wheel.
Wendell joined in with the banging and added, "Oh yeah!"
Misty raised both fists and shouted, "Woo!" as well.
The team continued to cheer and congratulate themselves until they crested the last hill between them and the town.
Misty and Jack saw it first.
"...well that was awesome, but how bout when you were like..." Wendell was going on until he noticed that the smiles were now wiped from their face and looked out the windshield.
The entire town was gone -- blown from the map!