Day 14 – March SOLSC
I jump into my car and look at the time.
“Oh man! I’m gonna be late if I don’t get a move on!”
Just as I turn out of my mom’s driveway, I glance down at the dash board. A quarter of a tank left. I hit the button to see how many miles left – 73.
“Perfect! That’s enough to get me to work today. I’ll just get gas when I leave work, before heading to the gym.”
Fast Forward to 3:30pm
I put my bags into the backseat of the car and get in. In goes the address to the gym on my Google Maps app. My appointment with my trainer is at 4:15pm and my ETA is 4pm. Perfect! Off I go, taking the route that Google Maps is sending me.
I’m cruising down the interstate, about to switch lanes, when I glance at the gas gauge.
“Oh my goodness!” I gasp.
I forgot to stop and get gas. The gauge is showing that I now have less than a quarter of a tank. I hit the button to find out how many miles left – 43 miles. Hmmm, I should be ok because the gym is only about 15 miles away – right?!
“What should I do? Should I keep going? Should I find the nearest gas station? I should stop and get gas right?! Ahhh maybe I’ll just keep on going.”
So many thoughts, racing through my head, all while I’m still driving along mind you. Looking at the road, then down at the gas gauge. Making sure not to hammer on the gas pedal (because that uses more gas-right?).
I’m not Ms. Risk-taker by any means. So, I’m also surprised by my decision to not find a gas station. What would I do if I ran out of gas? Would I cry? Would I call my uncle who owns a gas station and risk the sarcasm?!?! I don’t know how I did it, but I just kept on driving.
I exited onto the parkway, and that’s when it happened – the gas light came on! There were no more miles to go on the screen. Just the words “Low Fuel.”
“Eeeek! But I’m so close. I will make it!”
I pulled into the parking lot. Took a breath, and got out. My car may have been running on empty, but I wasn’t letting it stop me from getting to my training appointment on time.
I’m participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge! Thank you to the team of writers at Two Writing Teachers for this wonderful writing community. A place for us to grow together as writers.