Jesse was cooing in the back seat and Susan smiled at the thought of being in a new place, just the two of them, where no one knew anything about her and she could be anyone she wanted. Lake Chelan was a blank canvas, and she could paint any picture she wanted now.
Susan passed the 59er Diner on Hwy 2 and looked in the rear view mirror. The flashing lights behind her was the last thing she needed.
“License and registration please.” The officer demanded.
“Sure. Was I speeding? I’m pretty sure this car can’t even make over 55.”
The officer smiled. “No. No ma’am. Your tail light is out.”
“Oh, thanks. I had no idea. Is there a fine for that? Or can I just fix it in town?” She was hoping for the latter, but expected to be handed a ticket. Her track record for getting out of tickets was like her bank account…non existent.
“There’s an auto parts store just out of Leavenworth. If you wink at them, I’m sure you could even talk them into fixing it for you.” He laughed.
Is he flirting with me? Susan considered. It’s been awhile. He is kinda cute.
“Where you headed?” The officer asked as he leaned in.
He was definitely flirting. She unconsciously twirled her hair and rested her arm on the window. “Lake Chelan. I’m taking care of my parent’s house for awhile.” It wasn’t exactly a lie she convinced herself.
“I live over that way. Maybe I’ll see you around. Drive safe now…and don’t forget to get that light fixed.”
“Will do officer. Thanks.” Susan caught a glimpse of her girlish grin in the rear view mirror and shook it away. I have a baby. What am I doing. This is not what I came here for.
After successfully fixing the tail light on her own and picking up some necessities, the two newest residents of Lake Chelan slept comfortably in their new home. Susan woke up early and pulled out the paper searching the help wanted ads. She circled several prospects and sipped a cup of tea. It was the perfect kind of day to start over.