The sounds of the snow crunching under her feet told her that she was still moving. She pushed herself the find help. She knew it was just her luck to get stuck in the middle of the first snowfall of the season. It had been a few seasons since it snowed like this. The wind was picking up and the bits of frost stung when they collided with her cheeks. She hoped someone would drive by soon.
She felt like it had been hours, but when she checked her pocket watch, the one her dad left her, it had only been about thirty-five minutes. Up ahead she finally saw headlights. She wished with all she could that they were going slow enough to see her. When they finally reached each other, the truck pulled over, It was a tow truck that had years of wear on it, but she didn't care.
"Miss, do you need some help?" asked the driver.
"Yes, please. I was walking home when the storm started. I couldn't believe it had come so fast."
"Get in, it's warm in the cab," he said while opening the passenger door for her. "It gets stuck sometimes so I'll open it for you." The door creaked open and she lifted herself into the truck. She was thankful for the warmth. She thought to herself that the man was younger than she first thought. Maybe around her own age of 32. He turned the heat up a tad and put the truck in gear.
"I'm sure you're in a hurry to get home, ma'am. Where abouts do you live?"
"Honestly, I don't really have a home, but I am staying with some friends. They live in the Timbers. Do you know where that is? A lot of people don't seem to know it."
"Yes, I do. My parents live there actually. Over on Baker St."
"I'm just around the corner from there, at the end of Hiawatha."
"Well, let's get you home," he smiled with a full grin and warm eyes.
As they drove to around the edge of town, his radio went off. It almost made her jump. A woman's voice came through the speakers.
"Jimmy, I got a tough one for ya. You available?" she asked with urgency.
"Where is it?"
"Down by the river. Some kids got both their cars stuck in the bank. Thought joy riding around it would be fun. They have been out there a while it seems. Jonah is on his way there now, but we need at least two of you."
"I'll be there as soon as I can, Liz."
He placed the microphone back into its holster and sighed.
"I knew this storm would bring some trouble. I hate to ask, but you want to ride along. I'd like to get those kids out of there as quick as I can."
"I don't mind at all. It's warm here."
"There's a thermos of coffee behind my seat. Go ahead and help yourself. I've had my fill of it for the day."