Hildreth kissed her again. “By the way, baby, the light is still green.”
She stared at him, wondering if that was supposed to be some sort of perverse code. “It’s….green?”
“The light. You know, the street light. Out there.”
“Huh?” She returned to her senses. “Oh! You mean—”
“Mmm-hmm. And you’d better keep on going before one of us, not saying who, explodes into a fury of hormones.”
“A fury of hormones, huh?”
“Yep!” He settled back into his seat with a satisfied smile. “But I’m not saying who.”
She shrugged. “I’m pretty sure it could go either way.”
“Either way? Wait. What?”
Elsie reached over and patted his leg. “Buckle up, Mayhew. We’re going home and no one is getting in my way.”
He laughed, a giddy sort of laugh. “Oh yes, ma’am.” He buckled up his seatbelt.
Elsie gave him a long, considering look before sitting forward and driving through the still green light.
It seemed to take them a whole day to reach the highway. It took them a whole week to travel the small distance between Pinkerlee and Havaton.
Hildreth spread his hands on his knees to keep his legs from vibrating. It didn’t really do much good. The vibrating traveled up into his arms, into his shoulders, down his back.
Elsie patted his leg again. “Just keep breathing, Hildreth. We’ll be home soon.”
He bowed his head. “I don’t know how you aren’t all wrecked up like me.”
“Who says I’m not?”
He popped his head up and studied her profile. “I don’t know. You seem pretty calm to me.”
“Only because I’m keeping my mind fixed on my goal. One small goal at a time. Get from Pinkerlee to Havaton. Get through Havaton. Get home.”
He grinned. “Get nekkid. Oh so nekkid.”
She laughed. “Very much naked.”
He laughed with her. “You know, in a whole other lifetime, I would have asked you by now if you really want me. If you really want to go all the fabulously naked, exuberantly grinding hips way with me. But I’m not gonna ask. Because, you see, I know the answer.”
“Oh, do you?”
“Mm-hmm. Elsie. Elsie Mayhew. You think I’m hot. You think I’m gorgeous.”
“You wanna kiss me. You wanna undress me. You wanna have your way with me.”
“I do. I most certainly do.” She gave him a heated look that stole all of his thoughts away. “And I definitely will.”
Hildreth’s knees vibrated. He pressed his hands on them and bowed his head again. He focused on breathing.
Time flew by and it pulled the scenery along with it. Office buildings blurred into hotels and restaurants and assorted businesses and gas stations and red lights and green lights and yellow lights and telephone poles and telephone wires into trees and houses. So many houses and yards and other cars and mailboxes and people and dogs and cats and birds and blue sky and white clouds.
Then, time stopped. The scenery stood still.
Elsie smiled as Hildreth raised his head. “We’re home.”