“He was driving. I was asleep in the passenger seat”
“Stay here!” I yell.
“There’s no one else in the car” I tell him. “You were alone.”
“Then who was driving?” He asks.
“I need to get into the cop car” he says.
“Can you call my girlfriend?” He asks
“I just bought that car.” He laments. The temp tag burns off the trunk.
“I just got off of work. Am I gonna lose my job?"
I shake my head.
“I’m rethinking my choice of car” I laugh
He seems stunned, and kept saying “wow”.
“Dude’s gonna lock me up, I know it.” He says, pointing at the trooper.
I don’t know what to say. He’s right. The trooper calls us over.
“Who?” I ask, helping him forward
“Us.” He says.
I deny this. “I’m not. I just stopped. He was on FIRE. Anybody woulda stopped."
“What about YOU?” I protest “You stopped!"
“You’re right.” He says “I like that idea.”
“Well, I guess we MADE them stop…” he laughs, and heads to his truck.
“Eventually.” He says, “I’m going to go as easy as I can on him. He’s in a spot."
“You did everything you could, and more than most” he assures me. “Call your people, let them know you’re ok."
"Before you go, one more question” the trooper says
“Black. It was black” I say. I laugh. “I guess it’s still black…”
He laughs, we part.
I’m glad he’s alive.
I drive off.
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