Kimberly Gould’s Picture Choice: Both
Title: Scenic Drive
“Next right,” Bennet said, not looking up from his map.
“Right,” Dani confirmed, signalling her lane change.
“Skip the next two and then left. There should be lights.”
Bennet held a GPS in his left hand in addition to the map. Dani only glance at it, focusing on the road. This was why she had a navigator.
“Okay, we’re within 300 metres. Slow down.”
Dani did as instructed, pulling over to left. The other reason she was driving instead of Bennet was because she’d been to Europe recently and had no trouble driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road.
“Stop,” Bennet said at the least opportune time. Dani saw a spot on the shoulder that she should be able to park the car for a few minutes.
“Stop!” he said with urgency.
“I am stopping! I can’t just slam on my brakes in the middle of the road.”
That made Bennet look up and assess their surroundings. “Oh, sorry.”
Dani rolled her eyes. “We can walk back,” she reminded him.
“Sure, it’s just over there.” He pointed. Removing seat belts, they both stepped out of the red sedan they had rented in Zurich.
“You know,” I think there are better way to sight-see,” Dani complained while Bennet held the GPS in front of him, following the blinking cursor.
“I thought you liked this? You’ve seen most of the big cities, the monuments. This is a way to see the little things, small unknown towns, tiny churches in the middle of the countryside. You just want a schedule,” he said.
“So what if I do?” Dani crossed her arms over her chest. “Besides, this isn’t a small town, it’s a rat warren, and that isn’t a church, it’s a manhole cover.” They had arrived.
“Huh. Weird. Where would they hide the cache?” Dani yanked Bennet out of the road. A loud honk rose and fell with Doppler.
“Honestly, look around you! You’re missing so much, including the risk to your life.” The last was bitter.
“Yeah, sorry. Wait, look. We need to look. It’s an eye.”
Dani cocked her head and the lens shape turned into an eye.
“Okay, so what do we look at?”
Bennet stood atop the eye, turning in a circle. “Come here,” he called. “Maybe you will see it.”
Dani sighed and stepped forward, rolling her eyes and looking upward.
With her head tilted up the moment she touched the eye, she saw the brilliant flash that enveloped her and Bennet.
“What was that? Lightning?” Bennet asked.
Dani rubbed her watering eyes, waiting for them to clear. When they did, she wasn’t in the middle of a street any longer. She was surrounded by grey stone carved into intricate displays of a royal procession. It was like Elgin Marbles, but whole, kept.
“WELCOME!” a voice boomed loud enough to shake both Bennet and Dani to their toes. A man, larger than life with lightning sparking around him came into view. “So long since anyone has come.”
“Bennet. I want to go home.”
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Kimberly Gould is the author of Cargon: Honour and Privilege, and it's sequel Duty and Sacrifice. She can be found most places as Kimmydonn, including Kimmydonn.com