Ride to the Park (Those Years)

As they were riding in the bed of Dylan’s truck, Grady asked Kylie “Could you tell me the time on your phone?”

“Sure.” Kylie looked at her phone and said: “It’s 4:14.”

“Great. That’s what my watch says too. It keeps time really well.”

“Why did you need to know that?”

“Because we need to know when 6 o’clock gets here so we can catch the bus and I don’t want to bother you to keep looking at your phone.”

“That’s thoughtful of you, Grady.”

“Yes, I can set my alarm for five fifty. That way we can have enough time to walk to the bus stop by the park.”

“Good idea.”

Grady began to set his alarm and Kylie watched him smiling.

She then said, “That’s a manly looking watch you have.”

“It’s a Casio G-Shock. My dad gave it to me. He also gave me my iPod Touch.”

“My parents only give me gifts for Christmas and my birthday.”

“Well, I guess my dad gives me gifts year round because he is always working and never gets to spend time with me. He usually only gets one day off during the week and he sleeps most of that day. He tells me that when he retires he’ll spend time with me.”

“Money isn’t everything.”

“You’re right. What’s money if you never have time for anything else?”

“Speaking of time, come hug me and give me a kiss. We’ve only got a little while together.”

Grady crawled across the truck bed and came to Kylie. She then playfully grabbed him and held him as they lay down on their sides. They looked deeply into each other’s eyes smiling but then Grady became distressed. Soon he was fighting back tears.

Kylie wiped his eyes with her shirt and asked, “What’s the matter?”

Grady replied “It just cuts me like a razor blade that we won’t have a long life together. God, I love you so much, Kylie.”

“I love you too. Just try not to think about it and instead let’s focus on making each other as happy as possible.”

“You’re very brave, Kylie.”

“I may seem brave but I’m actually scared to death.”

“I wish there was something I could do.”

“There is, just hold me closer.”

“Sure thing.”

Grady tightened his arms around her, kissed her mouth and petted her hair as they lay against one another with tears in their eyes.

Finally, the truck stopped.

Dylan stepped out and said “We’re here. Both of you try to have a good time.”

Grady and Kylie crawled out of the truck bed then walked hand and hand into the park…

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