The five of them saw the
cars parked on the road. “There they are. We’re supposed to drive to
Angus’s place. Do any of you remember the way?” Jacob looked at his
“I think I do,” Jared
said. “I’d better drive his car and lead the way.
“I want to drive Mairi’s
car,” Julian said.
“We all want to drive,
don’t we? We’ll take turns. I will start driving Mairi’s and Jared can
lead in Angus’s car. Jared, take Julian and Jeffrey with you and switch
off. I’ll take Jason with me.” Jacob ran off and unlocked the door to
Mairi’s car. “Here are the keys,” he said, toss them to Jared. “I’ll
Jacob climbed in the car
and Jason sat in the passenger seat. Jacob put the keys in the ignition
and turned the car on. He sat there. “Now what?”
“You put that knob thing
to the D, which means drive and steer,” Jason said.
“What if I want to stop?”
“You push something with
Jacob leaned over. “There
are two things down there. I don’t know which one is used to stop the car.
The other one makes the car go, doesn’t it?”
“I don’t know. I’ve never
driven before. Try it out and see what happens,” Jason said.
Jacob tried to move the
car into drive, but it wouldn’t go. “It is broken. The stick thingy won’t
“Try pushing down on one
of those things by your feet and then put it into drive,” Jason said.
Jacob put his foot on the
gas and it revved the car up. The gear wouldn’t move into drive. “Oops,
wrong thing.” He pushed on the break and the car moved into drive. “Here
we go.” He held his foot down on the break.
Jason looked out the
front window. “We’re not moving.”
“I see that. Let me move
my foot to this other flat thing,” Jacob said. When he moved it the car
started rolling along the road. “Got it!”
“Isn’t Inveralba the
“That means we have to
turn around. This is much more complicated than I thought. How do I turn
it around?” Jacob sighed and continued moving forward.
“Stop the car first,”
Jacob pushed his foot
down. “Yes! I did it! Now what?”
“Turn the wheel and then
take your foot off.”
Jacob did as instructed
and the car started turning. “It’s working, but what if I hit that tree?”
“Keep turning until
you’re on the road going the other way. I wonder how Jared is making out
with Angus’s car.” Jason turned to look. “Where is he?”
“He probably knew how to
drive and is on his way to Angus’s. We’re going the right way now.” Jacob
let go of the wheel until the car was straight.
“Head for town, drive
through it and you should remember your way by then,” Jason said.
“It’s easy now that I
know which pedal is the right pedal. When I get into town I’ll make the
car stop and you can drive the rest of the way,” Jacob said.
“That’s all right, Jacob.
I don’t want to drive. I’d rather be a passenger, thank you.” Jason put on
his seat belt. “Buckle up, as Mairi says.”
“I can’t when I’m
driving. Here, help me,” Jacob said.
Jason reached over in
front of Jacob and grabbed his belt. He put it in the slot. “There you go.
All safe now.”
* * *
“Where is Jacob? I can’t
see his car. I hope he isn’t having problems driving. It’s quite simple,
you know,” Jared said.
“Good. Let us have a turn
now. We’re both anxious,” Julian said.
Jared pulled over and
climbed out. “It’s all yours. Did you watch what I did?”
“I’m not a fool,” Julian
said. “Of course I watched.” He climbed in and drove off, like he’d been
doing it his whole life. “See, it’s simple.”
They headed through
Inveralba. “We’re almost to Angus’s croft and Jeffrey hasn’t had a turn to
drive. Why don’t you pull over and Jeffrey can drive down a few streets
and then take us to Angus’s.” Jared tapped Julian on the shoulder.
“But I’m enjoying
myself,” Julian said.
“All right.” Julian
pulled over and parked the car. He climbed out and sat in the back seat.
Jeffrey put on his seat
belt and started the car. He didn’t want to be the only one who didn’t
know how to drive, so he’d been watching intently. He started the car and
drove off. Jared directed him to Angus’s house.
When the croft came into
view, Jeffrey went into panic mode. He couldn’t remember how to stop the
car, but was too embarrassed to ask.
“Jeffrey, you’re going to
fast. You need to slow down,” Jared said.
“Uh, Jeffrey, slow down,”
Julian repeated Jared’s words.
“I don’t know how,”
Jeffrey said, finally admitting his mistake.
“Push the brake pedal
down. Push it. We’re going to crash into Angus’s croft!” Jared shouted.
Jeffrey finally found the
brake, but it was too late. He crashed into Angus’s croft, nearly going
through the wall.
Jacob and Jason
pulled in behind them. They jumped out the car and ran over to see if
everyone was all right.
* * *
“Silly guys. Mum, can I
take Jack and Jimmy and go exploring. You and Johnny can stay here with
Jesse. This house is so cool. I want to check it out.” Fiona took Jimmy
and Jack’s hand.
“Go ahead, but
be good.” Mairi knelt next to Jesse.
“This is going
to be way more fun than driving a car,” Jack mocked.
“Jack, are you
being sarcastic?” Fiona lowered her eyebrows together.
“I have no idea
what that means, but the answer is no, I’m not.” Jack chuckled.
we start?” Jimmy looked around. “Upstairs or downstairs?”
downstairs first. There’s another staircase that winds. Maybe there will
be a monster down there, or a zombie.” Fiona laughed.