Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Saturn Named Slick

Slick
   During the last week of her marriage to an American, Maggie bought a car on bank loan.  A survivor of failed relationships, she was preparing for the time when besides her personal stuff nothing was coming with her when she moves out.  She wanted a car she could use, maybe even live in should circumstances demand.  True to her calculation her ex-husband got everything in the divorce except the red car which is owned by the bank.  She named the red Saturn Slick.  She drove away with her suits, coats and shoes in the trunk straight to a cheap hotel.  She showed up for work the next day like nothing happened.  It took her a week to find an apartment.   

   Her only gain was her freedom.  The divorce settlement included a ‘no harassment/no communication’ clause.  She gladly paid her divorce lawyer $1100 to burn that bridge.  She weathered the battle alone with no family in that state and no friend other than Slick.  

   The following winter, Maggie was singing Karaoke at another Filipina’s home when the news of a snow storm was announced.  She has seen snow storms before.  She was having fun so she ignored the warning.  On the way home as she exited the apartment complex she found the whole street covered with snow.  She wanted to turn back to her friend’s home but she would be more comfortable sleeping in her own bed.  She drove slow and real careful when suddenly she got stuck on something.  She had driven right on top of an island where a stump of a broken sign remained.  Slick’s transmission hung on top of the stump.  As Slick was pulled by the towing service the engine oil gushed out.  

   When she realized how much damage she had caused Slick she was overcome with grief.  She felt Slick stood by her in her darkest moment and she returned the favor by driving up an island.  It did not help that the auto shop owner tried to console her with “Don’t worry, cars don’t have feelings.”  

   To this day the memory of that accident brings tears to Maggie.  She has never felt loved by anyone more than Slick.  Slick and Maggie have moved to another state.  Their love affair will outlast all her past relationships.  She finally found the one to stay with happily ever after.  

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