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Road Trip Tales

An Adventure Short Story, the perfect story to read when the sun is going down and the stars are turning on. Hope you like it <3


Road Trip Tales

Elementary and high school students alike look forward to going on a field trip.

This allows you to spend more time with your friends and less time in school.

We love it.

To a large number of college students

To keep things under control on campus, we have a rule. On your first field trip (grade 9), you must choose a companion to sit with on the bus.

No one ever warned me I'd have to live with this person for the next four years.

In a group of five friends, I skipped the partner-picking day, thinking it wasn't a huge issue, and I was stuck with the next child who had no partner.

There was a 9th-grade kid who wanted a companion, and I had never heard of him before.

Luckily, I was born into a family of

Neither he nor I knew each other. Though I've met him on many field trips, I can tell you that he's a jerk.

In addition to his continuous gum chewing and bubble blowing, he is constantly wriggling and running away from me on the bus.

I'm not bothered by that final point in the least. Even if he wasn't with us on the bus, I probably wouldn't say anything.

Don't misunderstand me, he's not a terrible child. We could be buddies if we didn't hate one other.

The hatred is reciprocal.

He's disgusted with me.

About my sentiments for him, I could say a lot worse than I did.


My so-called 'friend' was supposed to come soon, so I walked up the stairs to the bus and took my regular seat next to the window, as usual.

His absence from the field trip is possible.

I wiped the notion from my mind since I knew it was a foolish idea to believe it.

In Nicholas' class, field trips are a staple.

With my earphones in place, I watched as my classmates boarded the bus.

It just so happens that my buddies have a different homeroom than I do, so they're on the opposite bus.

Seeing the weight on my seat, I knew Nicholas had made it through.


How about some gum? We exchanged pleasantries and then he began chatting to me via the earbuds. No or yes? Suddenly, he threw the bag at me.

'Thanks, but no' I went back to my music.

I thought it was great. He forced me to halt my music once again.

Did I mention that he likes to annoy me? I'm sure I did. The animosity may be mutual, but he's mellowed down in the last year, and now he bothers me instead of insulting me.

No, thank you. As I moaned, I debated whether or not to crank my music up even higher.

"In fact, it's very tasty. See?" A wad of gum was dangling from his lips as I turned around.

What a disgrace you are. On my knees I moved towards the window.

"The field trip will be our last of all time. Can't you at least pretend to like me for a moment?" Because of his laughing, I could feel my seat tremble.

This will never happen. Just get this out of the way, I thought to myself, and I did. 6

Having known him for four years, this day could not have arrived soon enough. Graduation was fast coming, and Nicholas would be saying his last goodbyes soon.

"Well, I'm sorry to say that I no longer detest you. You've matured a lot since then." I had my earphones in and my music was off.

What a great idea! The bus began to move.

You know what my friend is doing? He's a bully. Nicholas raised his hand and said, "Can I have a new one?"

Around us, a couple of our peers laughed.

"It's important that you behave, Nicholas! Kelly must be joking, I'm sure. What do you think?" After seeing me under the seat, Mrs. Cooper stood up.

"Right." "Good job," I said, while seeming to laugh. "Thanks for your efforts, stupidity This time around, she's going to be keeping an eye on us." When I pushed Nick, I murmured.

"Ow." "I'm sorry," he said, "I'm sorry." "So far, I'm hoping she succeeds. Towards the conclusion of this, you may try to murder me."

I had a feeling Nicholas thought I'd give it a go.


"Kelly. I'm Kelly." When I turned around, I saw Nick poking me in the side.

"What?" I sighed and looked away from my phone.

"Hi." Fidgeting increased his laughter.

I muttered something under my breath and went back to playing games on my phone.

Nick had fidgeted more than he had in the previous four years after one hour on the bus. But he wouldn't slow down.

Stretch yourself or anything like that." That's what I proposed.

A: "That won't make a difference. They kept tapping and shuddering as he stood.

"Give it a shot."

"It won't work."

"Stand up now!" When I snapped, I was stunned.

He took an old wrapper out of his backpack and threw it away.

While leaning against the window, he returned to his seat and slouched down.

Miss Cooper, are we getting close?" He shouted over the din.

Nicholas, there's about a half-hour remaining."

Suddenly, I heard him groan and slump against the chair.

"Would you want to sit beside the window?" Trying not to be heard, I asked softly.

"If you swap seats, what's going to happen? So, I'll be much more crowded!" Nicolai scoffed at my plan.

"Unfortunately, I have no idea what to do. If you look out the window, you may be distracted." I shook my head and closed my eyes.

Go ahead and get up. After a few seconds, he got up and grabbed his luggage.

As he put it: "I wasn't serious." I turned to face him.

"This is me. Seize the day!" He raised his hand and gestured for me to come closer to him.


It's time to swap, Kelly."

This is not true.

It's a yes.

"Nicholas! Settle down!" Mrs. Cooper yelled.

"You're right, Nicholas, Take a seat now." While trying to hide my laughter, I grinned.

Nick pulled me away from the window by my arm. The grin on my face was gone.

I said, "What are you up to?" My arm was scraped against the edge of the seat while I sat there.

"Change is in the air. It's time for you to get up!"

Afraid of losing him, I stood up.

I saw Nick's legs had stopped trembling as I sat back down on the outer seat.

Thanks be to God!

Only 10 minutes were left. Again, he started squirming uncontrollably.

Inhaling deeply, I tried to ignore it.

Are you interested in learning more? A fingernail prickled my arm.

'You won't listen to me if I tell you no,' I said. I turned off my cell phone.

"I was known to fidget a lot in ninth grade. Because of this, I was stranded on the bus with no companion."

"I had a feeling." As I spoke, I stammered a little.

Then he turned to me and said, "Hey, I'm just trying to be polite and have a discussion."

"It's been four years now. How come you're just starting now?" For the remainder of the trip, I didn't glance over at Nick and continued to play on my phone.


The two busloads of kids rushed out to stretch as they arrived at the National Park.

Then, I found my companions and listened to their bus tales while I left Nicholas in the rearview mirror behind me.

Then I heard Nicholas shouting my name.

"Kelly! As a matter of fact, we're supposed to be hanging together."

He was walking towards me as I left my group of pals.

How do you see it?

I think Mrs. Cooper wants us to take a walk together. It seemed as though he was shrugging his shoulders at the

"As I pointed out a tree in the forest, I said, "ooh." Is there a squirrel over there on the rock or a rock?"

No, that isn't what she was trying to say."

"Each time you leave me, I'm left behind."

"My fault, it isn't me! Mrs. Cooper, like you mentioned on the bus, wants us to get along and be friends."

"Why? Are we being watched because we're sticking around? Afraid about failing your exams? My confidence in your ability to cope is high." In the back of my mind, I could feel 4 years of largely bottled-up rage.

"Kelly, I've already told you this. Do you agree with me that you've matured?"

How is this supposed to make me like you? I chuckled.

Sorry for being a lousy partner in the past."

"Thanks very much! You've grown on me a lot." In my best snarky tone, I said it.

When Mr.Tenn, the instructor on the other bus, started saying, "If I could get everyone to line up over here with your partner," In the morning, we'll start allocating excursions.

In an effort to avoid Nicholas, I grabbed a seat at a picnic table near the line-up.

"Kelly, please join the rest of us in standing." Mr. Tenn motioned for me to come over. How are you doing?

What do you mean? Then Nicholas joined me.

How about coming over here, two of you?"

"Just sit down, Mr. Tenn, and let Kelly do her thing for a while. She's not feeling good today."

Nicolas' eyes caught mine as I swiveled around.

My sentence was cut short by Nick, who interrupted me.

Everyone heard him say, "The bus trip was much too lengthy."

What a good idea!

How are you feeling Kelly? During Mr. Tenn's time with the other children, Mrs. Cooper hurried over.

Her bus journey has left her feeling a bit queasy. Nick spoke on my behalf.

"That's a bad idea, I'm I warned the school that the bus trip would be too lengthy for you youngsters. Kelly, have a seat and relax for a while. Nicholas will be placed in a new group. Thanks for your help." She smiled at me.

"Thanks." I laughed.

I could need a break from Nicholas.

Wait, Mrs. Cooper. He hurried to catch up with her.

Every once in a while, I pretended to have a stomachache while watching the groups be formed.

"Okay, everyone. In the park, your group leader," Mr.Tenn said, reading out a list of names. We'll see you at the next meal! Safe travels and good times!" He hardly had time to finish before everyone left.

Nicholas was nowhere to be seen as I scanned the throng of kids.

Who's stuck with him then?

"Kelly, how are you?" Mrs. Cooper returned.

A little improvement. It was time to take a big breath.

"As she pointed to the woods, she said, "I need to go oversee in there, but Nicholas has volunteered to remain behind and make sure you're okay. For those of you who want to explore the area later, he has a guidebook."

You've had to deal with him? My eyes widened.

In such case, absolutely. She chuckled as she walked away from me.

"Great. This is a great idea." I began mumbling to myself in my head.

Why is this amazing? Nick sat across from me.

"You. Great job, sir. There is something about you that appeals to me," "Leave me alone," I said, waving my hands.

The sarcasm is still there. He moaned.

"You're right, I get what you're saying. I was concerned that you weren't listening to me." I lowered my head to the table.

Was anything wrong?

Whoa, what's going on here?! My head jerked back "If I'm correct, you're joking. What's going on? Not sure if you've noticed, but I've been trapped with a nasty bus companion for four years."

I interrupted him and told him a tale; "We're on our very final field trip, and this guy decides he wants to hang out with us, but since his 'friend' has been abandoned by him every other time, she loses it! Then he informs her instructors that she's ill. It becomes worse when he asks her, "What's wrong?" later on. What could possibly go wrong?" I completed my tirade and needed a breather.

Not exactly a pleasant person, either. A hand went over his hair as he pondered.

"Did you even hear me? Why? Because you only listen to me when I'm nasty." It was the first time I'd sighed. The fight with him was a waste of time. "I'm very sorry. Although I've been a lousy friend, I'm not the only one."

Nicholas's laughter shattered the stillness between us.

"You owe no one an apology. This morning, I was reminded of all of the things I did to you in high school. Honestly, I'm a shambles"

Then why aren't you giggling? It made me grin a little.

"I'm aware of this. Sorry." It took him about.4 seconds to burst out into a smile.

Sincerely sorry. I chuckled.

"As a matter of fact, I am That day in 9th grade when we were still getting to know each other and I was acting rudely, but instead of reporting me to my buddies for it, you scolded me in front of them. That's the reason I didn't like you for a long time."

He said, "Wow, you were very mature." After recalling this, I grinned a little.

One day, I forgot everything about my dislike for you, and I realised that, in fact, you were quite awesome." Nicholas was still beaming, though "The only exception is when you become all snarky and angry at me. Then I know you're a nutcase."

"You know, I don't really dislike you anymore. Rather, it's more of an aversion."

There is a terrible chip flavor in that description. In response, he began to chuckle loudly.

"Remember, you're one of them. You're a shithole." I chuckled as I saw him wipe his grin off his face.

As terrible as you are, Kelly.

Not according to me. It made me want to smack my head against the wall.

"I find you to be nasty, snarky, and ungrateful. Thanks for your help. What a horrible person you are!" 'It's a shame,' he said, shaking his head.

In an attempt at dramatic effect, I said: "That's a bummer being you." As he scowled, I chuckled.

Also, "you don't think of yourself as awful." Nicholas laughed as he shook his head.

In a million years, probably not. I shook my head and laughed with him.


Most kids, whether in elementary or high school, appreciate the opportunity to go on a field trip, as I've said previously.

This allows you to spend more time with your friends and less time in school.

We love it.

Let me tell you something about my field trip companion that I've learned over the last four years: He's awful.

There is a lot of wriggling going on in the bus because of his gum chewing and bubble-blowing. He used to run away from me any opportunity he had.

Don't misunderstand me, he's not a terrible child. We're getting along just well now.

Mild distaste is felt on both sides.

His opinion is that I'm nasty, snarky, and mean.

I could say much worse about him.

Oh well. We have each other's backs.


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