The AC had been cranked up, just like the volume on the radio spitting lyrics and beats inside the car speeding on the dirt road. The music dripped out of the open windows, as the rustle of small rocks flying around accompanied the growling of the motor. He hit every curve and bump as fast as he could, not even considering slowing down. His veins filled with adrenaline and he could hear the second best thing he could imagine: blood rush in his ears, heart beating in his chest. It assured him that he was alive. After all.
He brushed his hair, black as raven’s feathers, away from his eyes and let his foot weigh on the gas as the road got straight. Or at least straighter. Almost everyone else in the car were fast asleep despite the nearly reckless driving of the young lad. Through everything he could almost still hear Damien’s snoring on the backseat. It had been a long night driving for them, so they had agreed to let Nathan take the wheel for a while.
Sweat had formed small droplets like cranberries on his forehead and made his hair stick on his skin. His black t-shirt was glued on his back, but he still wouldn’t loose his leather jacket. He looked to the backseat through the mirror, but quickly turned his head. One of them was still awake, trying desperately read her book. Nathan lifted his foot a little from the gas, but before the car had time to slow down he could hear a voice next to him.
“Slow the fuck down”, Veronica commanded and with an open hand slapped Nathan’s arm. He put the pedal to the medal and looked at the girl next to her smiling a little, saying nothing. With some curse words decorating the sentence Veronica repeated her request, not that it would matter.
“Why? So you can take a new snap?”, Nathan asked nodding towards Veronica’s phone, “No one wants to see that anyway.”
“No! I’m trying to figure out where we are, asshole”, she yelled back over the radio, as the last bar disappeared on her screen, “Damien!”
It took more than just the one scream, but eventually Damien woke up. Grumpy and tired he told Nathan to stop the car, which he actually did without having to be told twice. “I gotta have a smoke”, he explained, so that no one would think that he actually took orders from someone.
The car slowed down and stopped, so everyone got up to walk around for a little. There were trees all around and the nearest town was far behind. There was no signal, and no way to figure out where they were.
Nathan took a cigarette and light it up few feet away from everyone. He watched as Veronica started to really get mad while Damien was trying to guess where they were. The girl from the backseat, Cassidy just stood there, holding her book. Her hair was little messy, and she was still a little sleepy. She probably couldn’t get sleep on the moving car, especially when Nathan was behind the wheel. Nathan breathed the smoke in and closed his eyes. He tried not to stare.
When he opened his eyes a thin figure had moved next to Cassidy and lied a kiss on the top of her head. Finley had woken up too and made his way to Damien and Victoria.
“Hey, idiot! If you care at all, we here are trying to guess where in the world you have driven”, Victoria started yelling at Nathan, “Clean your mess!” Nathan just lifted his shoulders and lifted his pilot styled sunglasses off of his face. Ne knew exactly how to annoy her, and that is what he would do.
“I told you we should have left him home”, Victoria hissed at Damien while walking towards Nathan, making sure he would hear it, “No one even wants you here, not me, not Damien, Finn or Cassidy”
Nathan turned to Victoria and he was boiling on the inside. He squeezed his hands into fists and stared at Victoria who stopped right in front of him.
“Well who wants you here?”, Nathan asked and grinned. Victoria pushed him back and made him drop his cigarette pack.
“I am not gonna hit a girl”, Nathan grunted biting his teeth together.
“Oh really?”, Victoria said tauntingly, lifted her hand and slapped Nathan on the cheek with an open hand. He lifted his hand but before he could do anything he would regret the others had gathered around and Damian stepped between those two.
“Get back in the car, now”, Damien ordered and then looked at Nathan, “I’m driving from now on.”