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Not knowing where to begin or what to ask, Trainer withheld both comments and questions and simply followed Holly as they trudged along the shoulder of the road to the rail yard. The walk was marred with dueling sensations of seriousness and aimlessness. Trainer felt as though they were walking without direction, almost lost, despite…

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“What do you I think?” repeated Trainer, “I think you’re joking, that’s what I think. You want to hop on a freight trainer and hobo our way across the country? Do you have any idea how insane that sounds?” Holly giggled. “Just because it sounds crazy, doesn’t mean it is. And when you break it…

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A smoker’s oasis, the bench situated was situated in the spit of grass that abutted the far edge of the gas stations parking lot. Trainer was plunked down upon it, elbows to knees, chin to fists. Holly shuffled about the lawn before him. “And you’re positive you don’t want to call the cops?” “Pretty positive,”…

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Once inside, Trainer made use of the facilities and took some time to browse an aisle of roadside novelties and automtoive bric-a-brac before stopping by the rear wall of coolers where he round up several bottles of water for the drive. Cradling the bottle, he stocked up on some road trip sustenance consisting of chips,…

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Much to his surprise, the Thing was running well – in that it was running, and Trainer eventually ventured up an onramp and onto I-26 towards Columbia, South Carolina. He stood on the pedal, and the Thing yearned and clawed its way into the westbound stream of traffic. After the labored and longwinded acceleration, the…

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Holly’s head bobbed from side to side with the rhythm of her story. Glazing over her childhood and collegiate exploits, she narrated her marriage, her divorce, and the laid back life she had carved out for herself as an associate profession of photography at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was during her time…

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CHAPTER 3 The Low Country coast dissolved in the rear view as Trainer and Holly headed inland on a road that snaked through the tall southern pines of the Francis Marion Nation Forrest. Wanting to give the Thing a chance to acclimate to motion, Trainer worked his way towards the interstate at speeds well below…