In our last episode, Mary was reunited with a high school friend who offered her a ride back home. Shortly after joining forces with Irene and Edwin, our intrepid heroine was in the back of a comfortable auto heading to Portland. As they motored along, traffic slowed because of an accident to the side of the road.
A warning buzzer went off on the dashboard, cutting through their conversation. The left front tire was flat. Edwin pulled safely off the interstate and into the parking lot of a gas station. There, our travelers learned that not it was not merely the left front tire, but both left tires had fallen victim to debris from the accident.
At this point, via Twitter, Rose Fox noted that Mary seemed to have accidentally cast in an adventure film or buddy picture. The buddy picture seemed more likely because Irene and Mary have known each other since seventh grade. However, the picture came with an amusing twist. Mary and Irene wearing both in trousers, while Irene’s husband sported a utilikilt and long hair.
Putting in a call to AAA, the threesome passed their time in a local bar awaiting a tow truck. This allowed them to do the requisite bonding over drinks. A musical montage ensued.
The tow truck arrived in record time. Sadly, it could only accommodate two passengers so the company parted ways. Mary chose to stay in a nearby hotel and take the train back in the morning while Irene and her romantic lead returned to Portland.
Unbeknowst to them until after they departed Mary’s company, the car’s odometer read 6660. Further complicating matters, Amtrak’s booking system was down for maintenance because, as a friend noted, it makes sense to take your website offline during a major holiday weekend.
Will Mary get home? Stay tuned for more exciting adventures!
(I completely wish I were joking about any of this. But it is pretty darn amusing at this point.)