A/N: This is the first chapter of Road Trip Part 1: The Past. Hopefully I
get to continue this story. As of now, I've just finished two chapters. I'm
not good in summaries, so I'll end it there. Please R&R. Thanks.
By battousai24 and kido
Part I: The Past
Rei, Chris, Chi and Li were on their way to pick up their girlfriends
and go to New Orleans. They rented a van. Rei and Chi took turns in
driving. It was Chi's turn first. Rei positioned himself in the front seat
with Chi and began to read a book. Chris and Li were in the middle and back
seat sleeping comfortably. It was traffic and it was raining. From the
looks of it, it would only be 10 minutes before they pick up the girls. Chi
nudged Rei and asked him to call the girls and say they'd be there in about
10 to 15 minutes. Rei immediately called them. They'd pick them all up at
Driving up the road and parking in front of the gate, Chi nudged Rei
again. Chi and Rei together woke up their two friends. It was 5 am. The
four friends pressed the button for the doorbell. A few minutes later,
they were inside and bringing the girls' bags to the van. They put it at
the very back and started seating themselves.
Chi and Rei still sat in front, while Mia, Genevieve, Therese and
Chris were in the middle seats. Li and Rikka stayed at the back. Chi yawned
and tried to focus his droopy eyes on the road. Rei began reading his book
again and the others at the back busied themselves with stories.
An hour or so had passed and they stopped to eat. Chi and Rei just
finished and went outside the restaurant for a smoke. Chi lent his lighter
to Rei and soon the two finished 3 sticks each. Chi took a glance at the
van and saw someone inside. He told Rei that he saw a girl sitting there.
Rei didn't believe him since the car was locked, but checked it anyway.
Rei sighed and faced Chi. "I told you no one's in here." Chi shook his
head and insisted that he saw someone. "Stop playing tricks on me." Rei
walked away and Chi was forced to accept the fact that he was wrong and his
mind was playing tricks on him again.
Rei went inside the restaurant; followed by a confused Chi. Rei sat
down beside Genevieve and Chi beside Mia. Mia sat on Chi's lap and wrapped
her arms around him but Chi was deep in thought. Genevieve and Rei started
kissing while Chris and Therese stared at them and turned to the also
making out Li and Rikka. They looked at each other and raised an eyebrow
and continued eating.
Mia looked at Chi. He was staring blankly at the air. She waved her
hands in front of his face, but nothing happened. He was still deep on
thought. 'I know I saw that girl', he thought silently. "What girl?" Mia
asked him. Chi snapped out of his trance and stared at Mia. He had thought
silently, but not as silent as he thought. Chi shook his head and said,
"No, it's nothing. Don't worry about it." He tried to put a smile on. Mia
looked at him seriously and said, "What girl? Are you seeing someone else?"
Chi laughed slightly and shook his head. "No, of course not." Mia still
insisted to know who the girl was and got Rei's attention. He pulled away
from Genevieve and smirked. "Chi told you it's nothing. And it really is.
Don't worry about it, okay?" Mia nodded and turned back to Chi. He was back
in his trance. Rei smirked again and thought, 'It's nothing. I hope.'
The group of friends left the restaurant and went back to the car.
Still being Chi's turn, he walked toward the driver's seat. He looked
blankly inside. He still saw the girl sitting between the two seats in
front where he and Rei sat. "Hey, Chi! Get in." Rei called out. He smirked
again and rolled his eyes. The others started seating themselves and it was
only Chi left outside. He looked back inside the car. The girl was gone. He
shook his head and said to himself, "I have to stop seeing things."
Time passed by swiftly. It was almost 8 pm. Chi was still driving.
Everyone else was asleep. He took glances at the rear view mirror from time
to time. It was getting dark. Chi was concentrating on driving when out of
nowhere a blurry white figure appeared in the middle of the road. He tried
to stop the car but it was too late. He pulled over and checked it out. He
saw no one. After a few minutes of looking for the body, he finally went
back into the car and continued his driving.
After a few miles, he was getting sleepier. He took another glance at
the rear view mirror. The sight shocked him. The same girl was sitting at
the back seat where Li and Rikka stayed. He thought the girl looked
familiar and it wasn't just because he saw her during the day. He shook his
head and looked again. She was still there. He suddenly stopped the car and
shook Rei. Rei woke up and glared at Chi. "What the hell do you want?" Rei
shouted. Chi told him to look at the back seat. Rei rolled his eyes and
looked. "There's nothing there, Chi. Now, drive." Rei tried to go back to
sleep again. Chi still nudged Rei. "I'm telling you! There's a girl there!"
Rei dismissed Chi and made himself feel comfortable. Chi still insisted on
Rei. Rei got annoyed and told Chi to sleep instead of him and he would be
the one to drive. His friend finally agreed after a lot of persuasion.
Now getting ready to sleep, Chi pulled the blanket over his body. He
laid his head on the small pillow he brought. The cool air from the aircon
made him shiver but he liked it. He soon fell into a deep sleep. Rei
smirked as he noticed Chi sleeping. He took a glance at the rear view
mirror. 'I wonder what's happening to him.' He thought. 'No one's at the
back seat except Li and Rikka.' He concentrated on the dark road. It
started raining again. He checked the gas, it was still okay, but he'd have
to find a gas station the next day just in case.