Parked Up

John K Adams
The Haven
Published in
7 min readJun 8, 2024

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Photo by Kathy on Unsplash

Jill leaned on the dashboard as Noah pulled into the parking structure.

“I can’t thank you enough for driving me today.”

He said, “You know I’d do anything for you. We came together.”

Noah retrieved the ticket from the machine and watched the gate rise. Red lights on the tally board displayed available parking spaces. The first twenty-one floors read ‘FULL.’ A line of cars idled up the incline ahead of them. The glow of hundreds of brake lights lit their faces.

Noah couldn’t believe how long it had been since he’d seen Jill. Friends since grade school, their lives diverged after graduation.

Their mutual friend, Beverly, asked them to be in her wedding. Jill called Noah for a ride.

“Hey, Jill…! Haven’t seen you since…”

“Graduation. I haven’t been hiding…”

He drove out to her family’s ranch to pick her up. As always, she looked great.

She smoothed her bridesmaid dress and stole a glance at him.

“We won’t be late, will we? Bev will kill us.”

“Don’t worry. I won’t let bridezilla touch you. Or me, for that matter.” He straightened his tie in the rear-view mirror.

She laughed. “She hasn’t been bad considering she planned everything herself.”

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John K Adams
The Haven

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