The time in the mountains had passed super fast and it was time to make our way to our next and final destination on our list.
We had rented a cabin at a lake. The way to the cabin would take some time and Emma had offered to drive today. I had looked at her a it surprised.
"I can drive", she repeated a tiny bit offended. It wasn`t me being scared for my car or my life. I was more worried about her anxiety. What if she panics?
"I can drive", she repeated again. I gave her the keys and took my place in the passenger seat. I wondered if I should explain the car to her and she obviously noticed it by just looking at my face.
"Okay, explain it. Your car. Will the gear make trouble or should I pet the stearing wheel before I start. Whatever it is, explain it." She wasn`t furious or mad, instead she was smiling at me, knowing that every guy loves his car and that they all would have paniced when she insisted on driving. So I started to explain and she let me explain everything to her without interrupting.
We finally took off.
I saw the first Truck driving towards us. I took a deep breath in and a big breath out. I decided to focus on the distance, on my lane and not on the cars driving towards us. With every Truck passing by it got easier. I didn`t even notice how Scott had put his hand on my leg to calm me down. I didn`t notice the first truck. Not even the second. My focus was on the goal. To drive without panicing. And it worked. I made it. After two hours I was completely relaxed had turned on the music and started to sing together with Scott.
Suddenly she drove off the route. What was wrong now? Did she need a break?
"You can canoe over there," she explained and pointed at the sign by the street. With that it was clear that we wouldn`t just be sitting in the car today. I would get my daily dose of adrenaline. I couldn`t tell if she had planned that secretly because planning was definetly something she enjoyed as it gave her a feeling of being secure, but this time it really seemed to be spontaneous. Maybe it was another quality of her that I got to know right now. We definetly had fun that afternoon.
I let him drive the rest of the way as the sun already started to set.