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Over the River and Through the Woods

The van sputtered to a stop roughly a mile south of the nearest gas station, Pilar and Ally regretted not stopping when they had the chance but it was too late now so they shrugged and forged ahead, gas can in hand. It was a brisk, sunny day and the two continued their conversation from the van. It was more of a game: Alejandro put Pilar into a hypothetical impossible situation, Pilar concocted an improbable escape, then turned the tables on Alejandro. Ally got out and revealed a new entrapment for Pilar to fall into, after her previous miraculous escape. It passed the time and gave their imaginations much needed exercise after their grueling school year, yet another impossible situation. It was the kind of story you share with someone as soon as you arrive but over the years is completely forgotten as part of the epic road trip in favor of wilder and more incredible moments, neither ever learning how close they came to actually being trapped in an inescapable prison.

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One thought on “Over the River and Through the Woods

  1. Moody Paper on said:

    I appreciate the way you immerse the theme of memory into the ambiguity of what could have been; it’s simultaneously tender and chilling.

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