Chapter 9: “The Car Accident”
Jason kissed Amarie on the cheek.
“Be good,” he commanded.
“Alright ma, I’m out,” he said, hugging his mother. Dad had already said his goodbyes and was at the dog track by now. Jason shook his head. That man and the dog track. He had given him some good advice though. Mainly, that he shouldn’t trust that woman and that he was stupid for even going over there. He will give the lecture on “a woman’s ways.” Jason’s dad thought women were sneaky and often did more dirt than men. Every woman except his wife, that was.
“She probably tried to hoodoo yo ass. I’d stay away from her,” he had said. Jason laughed at the thought. Dad had his way of warning you. Jason wasn’t sure what it was, but he was glad he had left when he did. Besides, it wasn’t like he was going to ever see her again, anyway. He entered his car parked in his parent’s driveway and honked the horn as he drove out and down the street. He was driving for a while when he came to a stoplight.
Jason picked up his cell and typed.
“See what the fellas doing.”
A horn went off behind him. “Move it buddy!”
“Aiight, aiight,” he said, noticing the light was green.
Jason knew he shouldn’t try to text while driving, but he did it anyway and he figured everyone did. Jason had confidence that he was careful, casting his eyes on the road and back down to the phone. He never missed a beat. I’m good at this, he thought as he put the finishing touches on his text. The sound of a screeching car, honking horns, and the smell of rubber tires sounded around him as his car jolted forward, knocking the cell out of his hand.
“Oh shit!” he sounded as he pulled over.
The cars around him slowly pulled away, nosy drivers going 5mph to see the damage. Jason exited the car as another car pulled up behind him.
“Damn,” he said at the dent in the back. The driver of the other car parked behind him. He glanced up. It was a woman. Figures. In Jason’s mind, women couldn’t drive. He didn’t believe that in a sexist type way. It was just what he observed from women he knew and the women he dated. He loved his mom, but he didn’t think she knew how to drive either.
The woman stepped out of her car wearing black, fitted slacks, a white blouse, and high-heeled shoes. Her hair was pinned up on the top of her head, and her earrings were pearl studs. Those slacks filled out in the back. Jason stared.
“I’m so sorry. I don’t know what happened,” complained the woman.
You slammed into my shit is what happened. “It’s not too bad,” he lied, exhaling, hands in his pockets. He noticed the woman was staring at the car with a blank facial expression. She looked like she didn’t know what to do. He took his hands out of his pockets and held it out for her.
The woman pulled her eyes away from the car, perked up, and took his extended hand. “Oh, sorry. I don’t know where my mind is these days. Tina. Nice to meet you.”
Her hands were soft and melted into his palm like butter. This is not the time, Jason said to his hardening manhood. Just her hands alone had turned him on. This was different. But after what had happened with that other woman, he had to keep it together. She would probably try to hoodoo him too. He quickly let her hand go.
“Umm.” Tina dug into her purse and retrieved a card. “I guess we can exchange insurance info until the cops get here.”
“Yea, mine is in the car. I’ll get it for you.” Jason turned away to retrieve his information. While getting it out of the glove box he noticed the woman had also returned to her car. She appeared to be shaking her head in frustration. Jason exited the car and walked up to Tina’s car. She was talking to her GPS. He frowned. That was kind of weird. He didn’t think they worked that way. Maybe hers was broken. Or maybe she was one of those hoodoo women.
“Those things are the worst,” he said, and Tina jumped at his voice.
“Didn’t mean to scare you. Are you alright?”
The woman threw the GPS in the backseat and straightened up, exiting the car to stand next to him.
“Yea, I’m sorry again. This is a mess.”
“It’s okay. Here’s my card. Police should be here any minute now. I’m supposed to meet up with some friends. I wish they would hurry up.”
Tina took Jason’s card and gave him hers. “I know right?”
Jason and Tina engaged in small talk as the time passed and Jason became more and more frustrated. It had been almost thirty minutes and no sign of the cops. Jason looked at his phone.
“Man, where the hell they at?”
At his complaint, the red and blue lights appeared in the distance as the sound of sirens resounded.
“About damn time.”
Tina bit her lip. “Listen, this is my fault. I’m sorry again. I didn’t mean to make you miss your friends.”
Damn would she stop apologizing.
“It’s all good. Do me a favor, though?”
“Yes, anything,” she said perking up.
“Stop apologizing!” he laughed, watching her cheeks turn red. She was brown skinned, so it was super cute.
Damn she cute.
“Okay, I hear you. I’ll stop apologizing,” she smiled.
Tina’s hands wouldn’t stop shaking. She hoped Jason didn’t hear her talking to Az through the GPS. He was a pain in her butt.
“Let me make it up to you,” she said.
Jason smirked and Tina’s heart fluttered.
“Are you asking me out?” he asked, eyebrow raised, dimple piercing his cheeks.
Tina looked down, blushing. “I guess I am.”
Jason rubbed his hands together.
“Wow, never had a girl ask me on a date before.”
Tina hit his arm, “That’s right because I’m a woman.”
Jason stepped back, holding his chest, “Dang woman, is that how you treat all your dates? You violent.”
“I guess everything is okay here?”
Tina and Jason looked at each other and then back to the officer. They didn’t even see him walk up. He held a pen and clipboard in his hands.
“Yea, we good,” said Jason, cutting his eyes at Tina.
“Who hit who?” asked the officer. He sounded irritated.
Jason nodded at Tina, “She hit me.”
“Give a sista up just like that huh?”
“You did hit me though. Twice,” he said rubbing his arm.
Tina shook her head and Jason winked.
The cop cleared his throat and Jason pulled his attention away from Tina.
“Where do I sign officer?”
Turn right on green.
Tina’s nerves returned and she perked up at the sound of the GPS. Uh oh. Az.
While Jason signed papers, she took the time to return to the car and reach for the device in the backseat.
“I knew you’d find a way,” sounded the device
“Hitting his car was brilliant,” said the GPS lady.”
Tina relaxed. It was definitely Az.
“Yea, well, just wait until he finds out I did it on purpose and that our meeting was no accident. He’ll hate me forever.”
She glimpsed at Jason from the window of her car. He looked up at her and smiled. She smiled back, halfheartedly. Chicago police were slow, especially for minorities. Her little trick should keep him away just long enough to keep him from meeting up with those friends Az already said were doomed. Tina sighed. She had saved the man. Her work here was done.
Or so she thought.