Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (49) Entrapment (Part 04)
Jordan Donaldson came good and a mechanic, Darren, duly arrived in the allotted time and after 20 minutes said that he would have to get it back to the workshop and he’d have her up and running by midday on Saturday.
The fact that the car wasn’t going to be ready until the next day left Annette in a quandary, about how she was going to get home.
Under normal circumstances Christine could have driven her home but she was going to Sharpington straight from Shallowfield to spend the weekend with her parents and the coast was at the opposite end of the Vale to Middle Gracewood.
Annette could of course have gone home by train, which had its own problems, first she would be travelling through the rush hour and then she would have to repeat the exercise on Saturday to get back again.
There was also the option of hiring a car for the night, Annette had seen a car hire place on her travels, but she decided it wasn’t worth it and she might just as well spend the night in Shallowfield, and once she was happy that Annette was ok Christine set off for Sharpington.
Christine felt guilty about abandoning Annette in Shallowfield but she was expected in Sharpington so she had no choice.
She was later leaving Shallowfield than she expected but she made good time until when she was just approaching the Dulcets and her phone rang on the cradle on the dashboard but as she reached out to answer it, it popped off the cradle, landed on the central console and bounced three times and ended up behind the passenger seat.
She didn’t notice who the call was from as the phone somersaulted past her, but she had always been a little paranoid about missing calls so she decided to pull over in order to retrieve the handset and check the missed call.
Just at that point she saw a sign indicating a car park one mile ahead
“Great I’ll pull in there” she thought and when she reached it she saw it was a little lay-by set back from the road.
“Just perfect” she said as she pulled off the road and came to a halt.
Christine unfastened her belt and reached behind the passenger seat but with her diminutive stature she was stretching as far as she possibly could and she just got her fingertips to the target but on succeeded in pushing it farther away.
“Damn” she said “I’ll have get out and use the back door”
But just at the moment she said the words the heavens opened and the rain fell in a deluge
“Sod it, I’m not going out in that” she said “I’m climbing over”
So she clambered between the seats as a shortcut to the back and after indulging in a little contortion she manage to reach her goal and returned to the vertical with a triumphant
However in her haste to get back to the driver’s seat she decided to reverse her previous maneuver but just when she was halfway there, there was a loud clap of thunder overhead which made her jump and as a result she somehow managed to get her left foot stuck between the driver’s seat and the center console and furthermore it was stuck fast.
“Oh bugger” she exclaimed when she realized she was trapped