“You sure have been awfully quiet.”
“What do you want me to say?”
“Anything, just keep me awake.”
“Ok, umm…let me think,” she says, followed by silence lingering throughout the car as trucks are heard in the distance, disrupting the peaceful darkness surrounding them. “Have you ever seen a shooting star?”
“I think once when I was younger, when my family went up to Sequoia one summer.”
“Your whole family?”
“Yeah, that was the last summer I ever saw my sister.” he shrugged.
“Do you miss her?”
“Not really. I mean, I guess I just usually try not to think about all that. You know?”
“Yeah that must be hard, but do you ever miss her?”
“I guess, yeah, every once in a while. Really only if my mom calls.”
“Oh, does she call you a lot?”
“Only ever on my birthday or holidays, if she remembers.”
“Do you know if she ever calls your dad?”
“I’m not sure. I never actually ask him about her. Anyways, wanna talk about something else?” he laughed nervously.
“Oh, yeah, for sure, sorry. I’ve done a good job at keeping you awake at least right?” she laughed trying to lighten the mood.
“Yeah, you’re right about that. You got me thinking.”
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