I waited at the convenience store. I had finally gotten my car back, and I was yawning from how early it was. Too early for me.
I saw Annabeth approaching from the rearview mirror and rolled down the window.
"Hey." I called out with a smile. She looked at me skeptically. "Wanna ride?"
"I'm ok..." She muttered.
"C'mon, lemme give you a ride Annabeth." I said, slowly accelerating my car forward to follow her.
"You're weird." She growled, walking faster.
"Weird because I actually care about you?" I said with a frown. She stopped, turning slowly to look at me.
"What...?" She asked, her tone even, her eyes wide and hopeful. It was the most emotion I'd ever seen from her.
"When is the last time that someone cared enough to sit and wait for you?" I asked. She seemed to consider me for a moment.
"Why do YOU care?" She asked. I shrugged.
"We're not all that different. We're both missing something important in our lives. Mine is my Dad. I don't know what you're missing, but whatever it is, it's bugging you. And I want you to know that you're not alone anymore. So... please, lemme give you a ride. Just for today? And if you never want a ride from me again, I'll leave you alone. I promise."
Annabeth was silent for a moment. Her eyes scanned over my face and my car. The wind picked up a bit and she shivered.
Good day for the weather to be on my side.
She slowly walked around to the passenger side of my car and hopped in.
"Buckle up." I said with a smile. She did as she was told and clutched her backpack to her chest awkwardly.
"Radio is yours sweetpea." I said, moving the car forward.
"Really?" She asked, a mischievous glint in her eye.
Who knew that twenty-five minutes of Rock Music could give you a headache...