Goddamn its hot…..'Okay I know I'm in California but damn it's April' This thought is set on repeat and keeps running through Nat's mind. She pushes her dark almost black hair out of her face and pulls it back, rather roughly into a ponytail. She mentally kicks herself again and she tries to start her car again. She thinks back to a few months ago, when she decided to leave everything behind and start a new on the West Coast .
'Natalie, are you crazy?!' exclaims a large man in his early 30s.
She takes a deep breath and looks up to her friend, Daniel. 'Look, Daniel, I appreciate your concern but I am a big girl. Momma's gone and my brothers are scattered to the wind. There's nothing here for me now. I just want to start my life over and staying here will only make things worse. '
'But Nat, you don't know anyone in California. What if something happens to you? What if you need…help?'
She can tell by the slight pause that Daniel was going to say something else. And she has a feeling he was going to say 'what if you need me?' This was going to be harder than she thought. She knew he cared for her, and she did have some feelings for him. It just wasn't the romantic kind.
'I really do care for you Dan, but only as a friend. Right now I just want to get away from here. Do you realize I'm almost 26 and have never left this state? I will be okay. I'll let you know as soon as I get there and will keep you posted.'
'Fine, I do care for you and I know we are only friends Nat, I'm not blind. When does your plan take off and when will you land?'
Natalie smiles as she remembers Daniel face when she tells him; she is driving to California not flying. But right now as her old car sits idly on the side of the road she wishes she had flown instead. Her tank is still full from her last rest stop and she is not mechanically inclined. 'Oh well, no use crying over spilled milk." She change our of her heeled shoes to more comfortable sneakers, grabs her small overnight bag, locks up the car and starts walking. The last sign she passed said Charming 2 miles.