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Route 62, Ch. 31 by Nevuela Route 62, Ch. 31 by Nevuela
I’ll Meet You On Route 62
(A Disney/Pixar Cars fanfic)

Chapter Thirty-One:

Mack stared at the letter for what seemed like an eternity. He stared with eyes unfocused, eyes that no longer saw the wrinkled paper before him nor the smudged tread marks on it, not even the words themselves. The dismal gray sky began to darken with the coming of night. A light mist descended on the five vehicles gathered around the back of the trailer in the diner parking lot.

Concerned, Doc Hudson looked up at the big truck and asked “What is it, Mack?” Mack did not reply. He didn’t even blink. Doc gently pried the paper out from under his tire and read Vee’s goodbye letter. Even though it had started to rain, the hastily written note was already splotched with what he was certain were tears. He too stared at it for a ridiculously long time, then sighed and passed it to Sheriff.

The squad car didn’t take nearly as long to study it. “So, she’s gone?” he asked quietly, looking around at the other men.

“Who’s gone?” Mater inquired, also looking around. “Hey fellas, why all the long faces?”

Without a word, Sheriff pushed the paper toward him. It took him a ridiculously long time to read it, but when he was finished, his reaction was the most stunned of all.

“Dad-gum!” Mater exclaimed. He turned to the others. “What’re we all standin’ ‘round here fer? We gots tuh find ‘er!”

Sheriff snorted. “Are you kidding? The gal’s long gone by now, and Ford only knows which way she could have gone!”

Mack snapped out of his daze and stared at Sheriff. “Ford?” He gasped. “Oh Chrysler! Slade Ford’s out looking for her right now! He’ll kill her if he finds her!”

“Well c’mon then!” Mater replied as he turned to go. “Le’s go find Miss Vee ‘fore he does!”

“Mater’s right,” Doc announced. He turned to follow the tow truck out of the lot, but Mack beat him to it and was already barreling down the highway.

“Wait!” Lightning shouted after him. “What about my trailer?”

Doc turned to glare at him. “Stow it up your tailpipe for all I care! Now come on!”

Sheriff sped off after Mack with his lights and siren on. When he finally caught up to him a mile or two down the road, he turned them off and pulled up alongside him.

“Slow down, dang it!” the squad car shouted. “You’re eighteen miles over the speed limit and this isn’t a truck lane!”

Mack gave him an irritated sideways glance, but didn’t answer him.

Sheriff scowled. “What the hell is your problem? Do you want a ticket for speeding AND resisting an officer?”

“Leave him alone, Sheriff!” Lightning shouted as he came up behind him. “You don’t wanna get in his way when he’s pissed!”

“Well, if he’d just move over into the truck lane -”

“Why should he move?” Mater asked as he finally caught up. “He’s in a hurry an’ he ain’t haulin’ nothin.’”

“Oh yes he is!” Lightning argued. “He’s hauling ass!”

Doc appeared then and passed the entire group. He pulled in front of Mack and slowed down, forcing the big rig to do the same.

“Slow down a second, will you!” he shouted back to him. He nodded toward the side of the road and pulled over. Reluctant and breathless, Mack followed suit, followed shortly by the other three. Doc quickly spun around to face him. "Look," he huffed, "I know you’re upset right now, but just listen to me, all right?”

Mack gave him an apologetic look but did not argue.

“We’ve got to think this thing through before we go zooming off to Dodge-knows-where on some wild goose chase. For instance, didn’t it occur to you that she might have gone in a different direction?”

Mack frowned and shook his hood fiercely. “No. I’m sure she went this way.” He nodded toward the west. “That’s where we were headed to begin with. And if she’s trying to keep away from me, she wouldn’t be going back toward Radiator Springs.”

“But if she keeps going this way, she’ll end up back in Los Angeles,” Sheriff spoke up. “Why would she go back there if that’s where those men are from?”

“Because they’d never expect her to go back!” Mack argued. “That’s why we were heading west the whole time!”

Doc nodded. “Clever strategy.”

Mack nodded too. “It was her idea,” he murmured, staring sadly down at his hood. Sheriff opened his mouth to speak, but let it go. The group fell silent. The misty drizzle that had begun minutes earlier was now a gentle rain. Mater looked up at Mack just in time to see a large teardrop slide down the side of his hood and splatter on his right wheel well.

“Gee whiz, Mack. If’n it weren’t rainin’ Ah’d swear Ah’d seen ya cryin’ jist now.”

Mack glanced down at him. At first, his gaze was hollow and distant, then suddenly it turned cold. He frowned and turned away, shutting his eyes tight. Despite the rain, the was no denying the tears that glistened on his face. The others said nothing. They watched in silent sympathy as the semi's massive frame shuddered. And then suddenly, before any of them knew what was happening, he bolted. With a roar of his engine Mack took off like a shot down the highway with Mater, Doc, Lightning and Sheriff following close behind.

Doc was the first to catch up with him. “Whoa! Hold up there, Mack!” he yelled. “Do you have any idea what you’re doing? Vee could be anywhere by now!”

“But she might still be close enough for me to contact her!” Mack shouted back.

“What do you mean?” Doc asked. “Does she have a CB?”

“No, but she got a ham radio installed back in high school. I can tap into the frequency if I’m close enough.” Mack slowed down until he was within the speed limit and switched on his CB. Much to his relief, the rain began to ease up. He took a deep, shaky breath and called out to her.

* * *

“Vee! Vee, can you hear me? It’s Mack! Please answer me!”

Vee nearly braked in the middle of the highway when she heard Mack’s voice on her radio. Her first instinct was to shut it off. She knew that was what she should have done right away. She was far too distraught to have to listen to the pleas of her best friend, let alone the simple traffic report that she had been tuning in on a moment before.

"Please, Vee. Please come back,” Mack begged. His voice was so thick with static it sounded as though he had a bad cold. Vee began to slow down until she was only doing half the speed limit on the deserted road. Every fiber of her being was struggling between the desire to answer him and the compulsion to turn off her radio and end the tear jerking transmission.

“I know we’ve been through a lot together these past few weeks, but please - please don’t blame yourself for any of it. None of this was your fault. I came all this way with you because I wanted to, not because I had to. I know I can turn back any time and just forget about you, but… no. No, I can’t. I can’t imagine how I could have gotten this far without you, but there’s no turning back now. I don’t know if you can even hear me, but… I love you.”

Vee slammed on her brakes. The loud screech and burnt rubber stench that followed went unnoticed by the shivering Chrysler. She swallowed a lump in her throat and found that her mouth had suddenly gone dry.

“I love you, Vee. I really do,” Mack went on. His voice was calmer and far quieter now, a frail whisper that was little more than an aspen leaf quivering in the wind. It took Vee a moment to realize that he was crying. “I love you more than anything, and I can’t - I can’t live without you. Please, please come back to me! You don’t have to be alone in this. Whatever happens, you’ll always be my best friend and I’ll always be there for you. Always.”

There was no holding back now. The brittle dam that was Vee’s resolve suddenly burst, letting forth a fresh wave of tears. She shut her radio off finally and flicked her high beams on. It took a couple of tries to get her engine going, and it gave out a heartrending groan as it turned over. She started moving again, very, very slowly, tearing herself away from all she was leaving behind and forcing herself onward.

The world grew darker and darker around her until everything - all the love, all the joy and hope in her life was swallowed up by the night, until all that remained was a single pair of headlights to lead her down the long and lonely road.

Chapter Thirty-Two: [link]
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ButtholeFromMars19 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Miuna Crying Icon 
Elchupacabra51 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man! How on earth did you do the tears?
Pixar-Porsche Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
crying again. Dang, and i thought i could only get attached to one car coulple.
Nevuela Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw shucks. :blush:
InvaderAmmy00 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
awww that was sweet
CrystalGems Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Oh, that's so sad...
WolftenDragon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn, I felt an urge to do the same thing vee was doin'........cryin'.....

Btw, who is Slade Ford?
Nevuela Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Slade is Vee's former employer when she was an escort. If you've been reading the fic you'd know who he is. Read Ch. 20 and it'll explain a lot.
WolftenDragon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay then, since I've always had the urge to read it, I knew I would never be able to catch up to speed with it, so I just started reading from the chaptoer where Mack crashes in the gorge.
Nevuela Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't worry, you don't need to catch up with anything. Just read it whenever you feel like it and take your time. Oh, and please drop a comment or two if you get the chance. ^_^

BTW if you want I can give you some content warnings in case there are certain things you may not like reading about in my fic. There's some pretty serious stuff in it, and I wouldn't want to shock or offend you.
WolftenDragon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What? like sex, language? Pfft, that stuff doesn't bother me a bit! And I'll make sure to drop a few comments!
Nevuela Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okily dokily! ^_^
WolftenDragon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rollerwings Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Poor Vee, she's still forcing herself to go on so Mack won't be hurt by Slade. That ending was quite poignant because she truly has no other choice but to leave the only guy she's ever loved. The art is amazing, especially the tears.
natasha-hicks Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
Don't cry Vee, natasha is here
TaiOMega Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
AWWW... *sniffles*
DrewsterHotRod Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
Stow it up your tailpipe...that line rocks...

Great story so far...wants :iconmoarplz:
LittleRedToyota Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
Damn you! You're almost making me cry... I feel so bad for them. Reminds me of Wendy and Louis in my fic... They're going through almost the same as Mack and Vee now...
future-fighter-pilot Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
I totally choked up at the end... :cry:
metalik-fairy Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008

Does Slade come in any time soon? I like badboys :D
gemtherabbit-123 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
man oh man if vee ever needs anything gem, me and rest of the gang are here
AmpAndDJ Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
Holy damn. I actually started crying at the end. ;~~~;

Great writing, great way to set the mood and emotion...
I could even hear the characters' voices in my head, means you got them down good.
Great work, really.
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