The car rumbled down the road, windows rattling every time the car hit a rift.

New car, new state, new life.

In the left hand back seat, Elizabeth stretched her legs, trying to find a bit more room in the cramped space, before leaning back against the window, dark braid swinging with the vibrations of the car.

In the seat across from hers, her older brother, John, was fast asleep, curled up in the small space allotted to him, long legs curled up awkwardly, breathing heavily in the heat of the car.

On the seat beside her, her baby brother, Nick, was leaning against her, dark eyes wide as he clutched at his stuffed bear. Elizabeth smiled at him as reassuringly as she could, and wrapped an arm around his shoulders. He leaned against her, small body snuggling close, relaxing slightly and closing his eyes.

In the front seat, mother began to sing softly, with daddy keeping time, tapping softly on the wheel.

The car rumbled down the road, windows rattling every time the car hit a rift.

New car, new state, new life.

In the left hand back seat, Elizabeth stretched her legs, trying to find a bit more room in the cramped space, before leaning back against the window, dark braid swinging with the vibrations of the car.

In the seat across from hers, John, was fast asleep.

On the seat beside her, Nick, was snuggled close to her, one arm clutching his stuffed bear, the other wrapped around one of her arms, thumb stuck securly in his mouth. He was half asleep now, too.

In the front seat, mother began to sing softly, with daddy keeping time, tapping softly on the wheel.

Outside, the sun rose.

New car, new day, new life.

It really wasn't so bad.