What Love can do

Patricio Rodríguez


What Love can do

Tom Elliott was driving down Highway 35 in Galveston, Texas. He tried to listen to some Metal, in an attempt to stay awake, seeing that the lights in the street that supposedly keep you awake were not helping at all. He had already been honked twice for crowding lanes therefore stopped in the Stripes for a frapuccino. Despite his efforts to stay awake, sleep got the best out of Tom and he lost control of the 1969 Dodge Charger he was driving, crossing over to the contraflow lane barely avoiding a huge trailer, finally knocking over the street barricade landing directly in the ocean. Tom woke up after the tough impact, noticing that his car was sinking. He was a bit banged up due to the fact that he did not have his seatbelt on he was also somewhat confused, so he took a while to react and find a way to get out of danger; water had already filled the vast majority of the car. It finally got to him that it wasn’t a nightmare, and suddenly his long-distance relationship was no longer his only worry. He managed to escape his car; nonetheless, he believed that he had broken his left arm, so swimming was going to be hard, plus they were no witnesses close to the scene, except for the mad trailer driver, considering the time it was. Tom knew he was in deep trouble, he took off his shirt and made a sling out of it in order to keep his left arm motionless. He then luckily felt a floating orange buoy and used it to keep himself from drowning. He decided to hang on to the buoy until the sun came up and hopefully someone notice him.

Denisse Prescott was Tom’s high school sweetheart, he was in love with her since the moment he first saw her, however it was until his freshman year of high school when he had the guts to tell her how he felt about her, and eventually ended up being together. They were both from Austin, Texas and Tom was accepted to the prestigious college of UT Austin, whereas Denisse decided to apply to the Texas A&M Campus in Galveston, Texas. They were both so in love that they decided to maintain a long-distance relationship. Everything was going great, seeing that they were constantly talking and skyping with each other. However, they were both aware that it was just one out of the four years that were left. It was their second year in college, once they both got more adapted to their respective colleges, the messages were less frequent, skype’s were massively cut down, and their talks were no longer the same.

Two days past since they last talked to each other, when all of a sudden Tom’s phone rings in the middle of the night; it was Dennise.

“I cannot sleep” cried Dennise over the phone.

“Why can't you, is everything okay?” asked Tom.

“No, things are just not the the way they were before, and I think I did something horrible”

“What did you do?”

“Don’t you feel things have not been the same this year”

“Denisse, please don’t change topics, what did you do!”

“I don’t know if I can tell you this over the phone, why don’t you come here to Galveston so we can talk.”

“No Denisse, I am not going to drive up there at 2:30 in the morning, exams these past few days have kept me from getting enough sleep, and I will not wait until tomorrow to learn what you did”

“It’s the same if I tell you right now or another day, you would still not be able to sleep, I feel horrible.”

“You know what, I am on my way”


Tom, took advantage of the fact that his parents were not home and started his Dad’s 1969 Dodge Charger. (648)

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