The dreaded trip had finally arrived. It started off fine, with them playing their favorite car game of saying who in their friend group they would sleep with, which was something they did when they were together as well so it was harmless. Traffic and going around some bad weather set the 6 hour drive back 2 more hours.
"How is school?" She asked him. She knew concentrating on schoolwork had always been hard for him, even though he was smart.
"I'm doing pretty well actually. There is this class where we have to do a lot of writing, and most of the other students are writers. When the teacher hands back the papers, they are just dripping with red. Mine have red on them too, but not as much. The other students get more than me, but...it's a really hard class. It made me appreciate writing more. I should have encouraged your writing more."
She took a deep breath, and her eyes filled with tears. "Maybe" she answered, but in her head she thought that seeing as how the first guy to take an interest in her writing she let sleep with her, he might have been onto something.
They talked a bit about their relationship. He confided that he thought he was giving her space at her mom's, and she said it wasn't just about her mom's place, but before when he would not watch TV or spend any time with her, for years. He just buried his head in the sand. He was quiet for awhile. She was sad, as he still didn't really get the extent of her pain. Never apologized.
They finally arrived at the hotel. She held her breath a little as he opened the door, and exhaled when she saw two beds. She wasn't sure why she was so filled with relief, even when they were married they got separate beds because he was too tall to share a bed.
"Where in town is the wedding venue?" She asked as she dumped her suitcase on the bed closest to the door.
"You know, I don't know. Let me take a look." He said, picking up his phone. His disappointed sigh followed, and she asked again where it was.
He hadn't paid attention, and since she was just along for the ride she didn't ask until then. When they were together she did all the planning, as he was no good at it and it was half the fun for her.
The wedding wasn't in town. It was 2 hours away. They had just driven 8 hours only to have to wake up in 6 hours to drive another two.
It was going to be a long trip.