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Dana is exhausted. Her back and neck ached, and her right foot felt numb. Driving nonstop for six hours on an endless, dark road is tough. This spontaneous road trip was thought through with careful detail. As careful as ten minutes notice could be. She saw her chance to leave, so she took it without hesitation.

Dana knew a trip of this magnitude would be difficult, to say the least, but the surmounting issues were taxing. She’s sweating from every pore in her body. Her underarms smell like onions. Her breath tastes like rotten eggs. Her crotch area smells very…unpleasant. It still was a good plan not to use the air conditioner to reserve gas. Dana looked down at the gas gauge, which was close to empty. That confirmed how bad her car runs on gas.

She pulled an apple out of her food bag, and took a bite. She put the apple back in the bag because her cheek is sore and her face hurts whenever she opens her mouth. She hadn’t spoke to her family in years, but she hoping they will welcome her back. With any hope, her parents are okay and still live in the house she grew up in.

As Dana travels eastward, she has a front row seat in witnessing nature’s beauty. She is in awe of the sunrise. The sun rays beamed through the windshield, and the entire inside of the car glowed. It gave her a serene feeling. She sees a rest stop is coming in a few miles, and she knows it’s time. Time to stop and ask for help. It is time for a new day.


Hannah Erica, is a Philly native and writer of the flash fiction stories for Weeklysweetspot. You can also find her essays, poems and articles on She received her B.S. in Communications, with a Journalism certificate, from the University of Phoenix. More than a decade ago she started writing film scripts and completed two. It's a tough business to get work published, so she put the film script writing on the back burner and write short stories that publish on

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