Backseat Passenger

Backseat Passenger

A Story by Michael Reisman

Laura and Mark had the same thoughts throughout the year, yet it wasn't until a recent phone chat that it came out in the open. Thoughts of how living together may or may not work out. He was a homebody who never ventured outside to do anything and she was just the opposite whom enjoyed getting out and doing things. An unlikely situation for a successful living together under the same roof. Mark thought he could change his ways and give it a try, but Laura felt that he was stuck in his daily routine. If loneliness and depression could sap the life out of a human being, then let's say that is what exactly happened to Mark as he passed away some months later. He never went to the light and became earthbound with his burning desire to still be with her. Laura glanced in her rear view mirror while out for a Sunday drive. She thought she saw a misty figure of a backseat passenger who was excitingly pointing at the simple scenery of everyday outdoor life. Laura felt his presence and became overwhelmed with emotion as she pulled over to the side of road to collect herself. Mark knew what she was about to do as his invisible hand opened the glove compartment where Laura was about to take a tissue and wipe her saddened eyes. From her perspective, things that might have and could have been. From his perspective, things that most definitely should have been. An extra tissue has been reserved for Mark on those future Sunday drives, where the front passenger seat still beckons his arrival. For now, he still remains the hitchhiker of a lost dream as a backseat passenger....

© 2017 Michael Reisman

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Truly a tragic tale. It seems the things that hurt the most are the things that could have been. Touching ending.

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Michael Reisman
Michael Reisman

Eastchester, NY

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