When night rolled in over the Pacific Ocean I was already escaping up the coast, winding my way along Highway 1. The narrow road took all my concentration as I banked and slowed into each turn, keeping my wheels carefully between the white lines. I passed other cars and wished I could see past the blinding glare of their lights. I wanted to know if the drivers were smiling.
Sometime around midnight I pulled into an overlook. The sea-breeze played with my braid and the fine wisps of hair around my face trailed along my cheeks and caught in my lips. My legs were unsteady as I made my way to the slat-board fence that guarded the cliff and crashing waves below.
In the distance, the moon lit a long white trail along the water, casting everything in silver and shadows. I gripped the worn wood of the top-most board, liking the way it gave under my fingers, just a little, like it was alive after so many years in the damp. Above me the big-dipper pointed the way to the North Star. With a sigh, I wished it would point me home.There was no such thing. Whatever home I had was gone and the stolen car, waiting patiently to take me far away, was all I had to remember it by. The silver, sleek, BMW had whispered to me when I walked past it hours ago. They keys had been in the ignition.
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