Thea pulled out of the grocery store parking lot and her check engine light came on. She had been having issues with her car lately, with that light coming on and then, a mile down the road, turning itself off. She had the car checked before, but the mechanic found nothing. So when she saw it this time, she thought nothing of it.
She turned onto her street and the car began acting strange. It wasn’t reacting when she hit the gas, stuttering itself down the road.
“Oh no, not now! I have groceries!” She looked at her dash and the check engine light had gone off again, but the car was still acting up. This was a first. She also glanced at the fuel gauge, and she had plenty. She should, she had just put thirty dollars in it the night before and the grocery was the only place she had been since, besides driving home from the gas station. Neither were that far, and her car wasn’t a gas guzzler.
At least I’m close to home if it dies, she thought to herself. I can carry the groceries from here if I have to.
A few blocks from her house, the car finally gave in and puttered itself dead. She coasted it to the curb and parked it. “Dammit,” she sighed loudly to herself. She drew in a deep breath through her nose and blew it out of her mouth. Remaining calm in these situations was something she had been working on lately. Blowing up over things she couldn’t change was controlling her life in a bad way.
Calmed and under control, she got out of the car and gathered her groceries. She had been using totes for her groceries since her store had stopped using paper bags, and she was thankful for them now more than ever because they had handles. Six bags would be heavy and difficult to carry home, but if they had been paper bags it would have been impossible.
As she walked to her house, which she could see just down the street, she saw a neighbor out cutting his grass. She didn’t know him well, but she knew his last name was Collins. Or maybe his first name was Collin. She wasn’t sure. Either way, he was a nice man, always kept his place clean, and he was unmarried with no kids that she knew of. He had a strange orange glow around him, from head to toe. Thea stopped and stared at him for a moment, wondering why she was seeing his aura, if that’s what it was. She had heard about people who claimed to see auras around others, but she didn’t believe in that. She didn’t believe in anything like that.