Nancy was never the adventurous type. Back in high school when all her friends were making plans for spring break and summer trips, she was applying for jobs. She was known for being sensible and consistent. In fact, she was the runner-up for most likely to succeed her junior year.
Nancy had a different perspective on all this. She saw herself mostly as common and predictable. The life she had, she never wanted. Nancy was loyal to a fault –loyal to a dead-end job, loyal to a dead-beat husband and now destined to be loyal to her diagnosis.
This trip would change all that. This pilgrimage, of sorts, would disrupt her loyalties. She was determined to break with her past.
After leaving the library, Nancy drove to the nearest gas station and filled her tank up with premium gasoline. She’s not sure why she chose premium, but for some reason it felt wild and luxurious. Then she went inside the store to pay rather than use her debit card at the pump (which is something she never did). Her total for gas, coffee and two energy bars came to $36.60. She paid with two twenties and said something she’d never said before-
“Keep the change.”