You Could Always Walk Home

, , , | Romantic | December 7, 2020

While on my way to the airport to pick up my boyfriend, I get stuck in heavy traffic after a semi rolls on the road, blocking all but one lane. I send him a text, even though I know he won’t get it until he lands, explaining that I am in traffic and will get there as soon as possible. His plane lands on time and he calls.

Boyfriend: “Hey, where are you?”

Me: “Um, I’m on [interstate] still.”

Boyfriend: “What do you mean, still? You should have been here half an hour ago!”

Me: “There’s an accident and—”

Boyfriend: “You were in an accident?!”

Me: “No! This rig flipped. I’m stuck waiting.”

Boyfriend: “But my flight just landed. How much longer?”

Me: “I don’t know. Until it’s clear?”

Boyfriend: *Huff* “What the f***?”

Me: “Sorry…?”

I really don’t know what else to say.

Boyfriend: “You were supposed to be here!”

Me: “Yes. I know. But there’s an accident and I can’t go anywhere.”

Boyfriend: “This is bull****.”

Me: “I’ll be there as soon as I can.”

Boyfriend: “Hurry up!”

By this point, I’ve been sitting in the same spot for over an hour. I’m frustrated and a little hungry, and now he’s annoying me, too.

Me: “How?”

Boyfriend: “What?”

Me: “How am I supposed to hurry? Do you want me to go up and move the rig myself?”

Boyfriend: “No, I—”

Me: “Should I start directing traffic?”

Boyfriend: “No, you’re not—”

Me: “Then tell me how I’m supposed to hurry up.”

Boyfriend: “I don’t know. You’re supposed to be here!”

Me: “I will be there as soon as I can. Go get some food or something.”

Boyfriend: “Okay… bye.”

I sat there for another hour before traffic started moving. When I got to the airport, my boyfriend immediately went off on me, saying I was irresponsible for not leaving on time and that I should plan better. I showed him photos of the wreckage that I took when I passed it. He didn’t say anything else, but he didn’t apologize, either.

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