A thud jumped off the fiberglass phone booth. Silas yelled.
He turned his back to Olive, squatted in pain then tried to recover from the embarrassment of losing a fight with an inanimate object. She appeared over his shoulder.
“Baby, let me see your hand.”
He answered through a clenched jaw.
“I’m fine, let’s get to Zola’s. Maybe we can wake her. It’s almost five a.m..”
Olive slid her small, soft hands down his neck and chest. She pulled apart his false fist then licked her lips She placed light kisses over the damage.
“Silas, you want me to say I’m sorry for talking us into a free meal from that old woman? Fine. I’m sorry. But these we’re desperate. I’ll do anything to get us through. You have to trust me”
She kissed his hand again. He followed her deep, dark eyes as she leaned up to kiss his lips. After she let go of his mouth, she reached inside the front pocket of his jeans. She took out the keys to their cherry red Cutlass parked a few feet away.
“I’ll drive till your hand feels better”
They got inside the car. She turned on the engine. The muscular purr of the V8 calmed him more.
“Olive, we need to talk about what we do after a day or two with Zola. Are we going to become new people with new names and a new life here in Florida or are we just going to pretend the first nineteen years of our lives in Georgia never happened. What’s our pot of gold at the end of this crazy ass rainbow?”
Olive pulled onto the road and sped through a yellow light. She turned on the car radio and hummed with a Tom Petty song.
“The gun’s in the bay, the clothes are in the trash, and no saw what happened yesterday in Georgia. I fell in love with Silas Royster and you with Olive Devine. We’re keeping our names.”
This is a another new story episode of Light of Day, my short story about Silas and Olive, two 19-year-old lovers on the run in Florida. It’s for trifecta writing challenge’s prompt “rainbow” http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/ Please go see them.
Today’s song is what would’ve been on the radio in July 1989, when this story took place, Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down.
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