“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.” AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!! Why can’t I get that line out of my head today? I can’t shake this Star Wars vibe…..
Hey! I’ve got an idea! Let’s work with it….. Resistance is futile. The hero and the ally need a getaway vehicle after being attacked at “Big Bucks” by a demon (Asura). Here goes:
“We have to get out of here. More Asuras are coming,” Paw Paw said, as he pulled Serenity to her feet. She winced in pain as he tightened his arm around her. “I have to patch Serenity up. While I’m doing that, go get us a car.”
“From where?” I asked.
“There’s a car rental place over there,” Paw Paw gestured across the water fountain. “Go get it and wait for us.
I felt around in my pocket. It was empty. I left my wallet back in Big Bucks. “I don’t have any more money,” I said, turning to Kelli. “I dropped my wallet. We have to go get it.”
“Don’t worry about that,” Kelli grabbed my arm. She nodded towards Paw Paw and Serenity. “Meet us in the parking lot at the north entrance. I’ll have a car.”
We split up. Kelli and I sprinted over to the rental place. After a few minutes, we were called up to the counter.
“We need a car,” I said breathlessly.
The woman behind the counter adjusted her glasses and looked us over. She frowned. “Do you have a reservation?”
“Yes,” Kelli replied.
“No,” I replied at the same time, crestfallen. What were we going to do if we couldn’t get a car?
I heard Kelli mutter something about dopey do-gooders before shoving me to the side. “Let me handle this,” Kelli barked at me. She leaned over the counter and stared at the woman. “We don’t need a reservation.”
The woman pursed her lips together. Something in her temple twitched. Her head twisted towards the computer screen. “I’m going to need to see some identification.”
Kelli shook her head and waved her hand in front of the woman’s face. “You don’t need any identification.”
“I don’t need any identification,” the woman said. Her face was expressionless, but her eyes followed Kelli’s hand.
“You’re going to give us a car,” Kelli said, waving her hand again..
“I’m going to give you a car,” the woman said as her fingers moved over her keyboard.
“Who are you?” I asked out loud, gaping at Kelli. When she shook her head at me, I dropped my voice. Something occurred to me. “We don’t have any money,” I whispered in her ear.
Kelli nodded and waved her hand again. “You’re going to give us a car for free.”
“I’m going to give you a car for free,” the woman repeated, as she typed on her keyboard.
It was so cool. We could get any car we wanted and it wouldn’t cost us a thing. I felt a pang of guilt, but shoved it aside to exclaim, “We need an SUV.”
“What difference does it make?” Kelli shot me a withering glance. “This isn’t a road trip.”
I leaned against the counter, mind whirling. I suddenly smiled at her. “Well, don’t blame me when the Asuras catch up to us in your slow car.”
Kelli sighed. “Fine.” She waved her hand in front of the clerk. “You’re going to give us an SUV for free.”
“I’m going to give you an SUV for free.”
“Something with a lot of horsepower,” I added. Another thought occurred to me. “And low-end torque.”
Kelli rolled her eyes. “Really?”
“I’m telling you,” I insisted, looking into her golden eyes. Her long, dark lashes distracted me for a moment before I continued. “Based on what I saw back there, we’re gonna need it.”
Kelli nodded grudgingly. “Okay,” she said slowly, waving her hand in front of the clerk again. “You’re going to give us an SUV with a lot of horsepower and low-end torque.” She glanced at me. “Was that right?”
“Yep,” I said, grinning at her. It was nice that she finally saw that I added something to this fight.
“I’m going to give you an SUV with a lot of horsepower and low-end torque,” the clerk repeated, typing furiously into the computer. She turned her screen towards us and pointed. “Will this do?”
Kelli and I exchanged glances. The clerk had pulled up a high-end SUV that may have had a six-figure sticker price. “Uh, yeah,” I replied, trying to contain my excitement. I ignored the fleeting thought that something wasn’t right about a rental place carrying this vehicle. “That’ll do.”