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Route 62, Ch. 35 by Nevuela Route 62, Ch. 35 by Nevuela
I’ll Meet You On Route 62
(A Disney/Pixar Cars fanfic)

Chapter Thirty-Five:
When You Find Yourself

A shining speck appeared in the distance, followed by a cloud of dust. What started out as a faint buzz, like that of a beetle’s wings, grew louder and louder. The entire population of Radiator Springs sat on the sidelines, watching with bated breath, as Vee came speeding around the final turn. Doc Hudson stood just beyond the finish line, nervous eyes glancing back and forth between the Chrysler and his stopwatch. Sarge stood across from him, equally intent on timing her. Just a short distance away from both of them stood Mack. His unblinking gaze never left Vee’s face.

With a sudden boost in speed, Vee flew the last hundred yards toward the finish line like a bullet charged by lightning. Doc clicked the stopwatch as the purple blur zoomed past him. Sarge nearly dropped his own watch as he was shaken by the wind of her wake. Cheers rained down from the rise where the crowd had parked to watch. Several of them started driving down to congratulate her in person. Mack was the first to reach her, sweeping her up in a gigantic hug.

“Now hold on just a damn second!” Sarge commanded, and everyone fell silent and turned to look at him. He glared at Vee and huffed an irritated breath through his grille. “Sorry to rain on your little victory, but you said you could beat the course in thirty-five minutes FLAT!”

“Yes, I did,” Vee replied evenly. “What’s your point?”

Sarge smirked and held up his stopwatch. “Thirty-five minutes and two point eight seconds! You lose, Missy! You lose, and I win!”

Vee, Mack, and the rest of the crowd stared at the watch in disbelief.

“Hold on a minute, Sarge,” Doc spoke up. “I think one of us has a faulty stopwatch, because mine says she beat the time, with two seconds to spare!” He showed everyone his own watch. Sarge glared at him and snorted.

Sheriff double-checked both watches before holding up his own. “Thirty-four minutes and fifty-eight seconds exactly,” he stated. His smile caused Sarge’s frown to deepen. The crowd cheered again.

“All right!” exclaimed Ramone. “I just won a hundred bucks! In yo face, ese!” he taunted, lifting up his back end and waving it in Guido’s face. Guido responded with a string of Italian curses and a tire iron shoved up Ramone’s tailpipe.

During the commotion, Sarge fixed Vee with an accusatory glare and growled. Vee just smiled back and nodded at something behind him. Sarge turned around and his tank churned at the sight of Fillmore standing there.

The bus smiled at him. “Hey man,” he murmured. Sarge growled at him and his smile faded. “What?”

“Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!” the crowd started chanting.

Sarge turned to Vee with brimstone in his eyes. Again, Vee just smiled.

“You have got to be kidding me!” he growled.

Mack parked beside Vee and gave the Jeep an expectant look.

“’Fraid not,” she replied.

“Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!”

Sarge glared daggers at everyone else before turning back to Fillmore. The furious look on his face did not lessen. He could feel himself overheating already. Taking a deep breath, Sarge shut his eyes tight and plunged forward. He had barely pecked Fillmore’s bumper when Mack rolled up behind him and gave him a sharp nudge. The Jeep’s startled cry was silenced as his lips meshed with the hippie’s in a passionate, if unintentional, kiss. The crowd went wild.

It seemed to take a ridiculously long time for Sarge to break away from Fillmore and when he did, the star on his hood was glowing bright pink and it was impossible to tell whether his bumper was curled in a smile or a grimace. A sudden stream of ice-cold water shot him in the face before Red turned his hose on every other vehicle present. Far from upset, everyone had a good laugh except Sarge, who glared heatedly at the fire truck. His normally intimidating scowl was lost on Red, who was now eagerly hosing down a giggling Mia.

Mack’s own attention was quickly distracted by the sopping wet Chrysler parked beside him. He grinned down at her. She grinned back and winked, then turned and drove away. Mack wasted no time following her.

* * *

Dusk had fallen by the time Mack and Vee reached the lookout point. Above and behind them, the peaks of Cadillac Range were bathed in a warm, rosy glow while far below Ornament Valley lay in a sea of deep blue shadows. Cotton candy clouds floated across the darkening sky and the sun shimmered like molten gold on the black horizon.

Mack parked next to Vee and pulled her close with a tire. They stood on the cliff, side by side, surveying the valley before them. Neither one said anything for a long time. Both were simply content to watch the sunset together.

“Beautiful, isn’t it?” Vee asked after a while.

Mack looked down at her and smiled at the way the golden light played off her curves. “It sure is,” he replied, without taking his eyes off her.

Vee glanced up at him and chuckled. Mack turned to face her and pulled her closer, planting a large yet tender kiss on her door. Vee purred and leaned into him.

“You know what?” he murmured against her side.

“Mm, what?”

“I’m kind of glad that I pulled out in front of you that day,” Mack said with a blush. “I felt bad about it for a long time, but… well, I still do, actually. But now… now I’m sort of glad I did it.”

Vee smiled. “Me too.”

Mack arched a brow at her. “You’re not just saying that, are you?”

“Of course not. I mean it.”

“Even though I dented you up real bad?”

Vee nodded. “It was worth it.” She gazed up at him and the last rays of sunlight danced in her eyes before the sun disappeared below the horizon. “You stopped me, Mack. You stopped me from running away, and you stopped me from making some very stupid mistakes and ruining my life. You saved me that day, and that’s worth way more than a few measly dents. I should really thank you for that.”

Mack blushed and smiled. “No you shouldn’t.”

“Yes, I should,” Vee argued. “If you hadn’t stopped me, we wouldn’t be here right now, and I wouldn’t be thanking you like this…” she trailed off, turning toward him until her groping lips found his. They kissed deeply and for a very long time.

When at last they broke apart, they were both breathless and nighttime had settled over the valley. Neither vehicle bothered turning on their headlights. Even in the dark Vee could see that Mack was blushing redder than ever and grinning like a fool. “Well in that case, I really am glad I stopped you,” he said. “And I’d do it again in a second!”

Vee chuckled. “I hope you do,” she purred, kissing him again. Then they turned as one toward the cliff and parked there side by side, gazing out at the sleepy valley below.

THE END
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Elchupacabra51 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this chapter a lot! Love Sarge's embarrassment. 
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Christine317 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an awesome story.  Took me a while to read to the end, like.....maybe half a day. I loved this, and its obvious who your favorite character is, wink wink. :)
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
You read the ENTIRE story in only HALF a day? :wow:
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Christine317 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. Was sitting in a hospital waiting room, and I read fast. :)
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AcerDaPacerBeJealous Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i read the whole thing in less than..ok about 24 hours..but thats JUST because im a slow reader! :giggle: but i gotta say..im not a big reader, so for me to start and finish something that quickly, it was really damn good!! so damn good, that pixar should hire you to help make a Cars 3!! hell ya that'd be AWESOME!!!!! :iconsuperheroglompplz: Fantastic job!! Now to read the next story you've written! :clap:
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Ninnasims3 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Now this is some epic stuff you got here! IT would make an epic movie or book! :D
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Hehe, awww shucks! :flirty: Thank you very much!
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Jayfeatherlover2001 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
yay awesome! I read keep on truckin first, unfortuanatly X3
One question about truckin it, how/when did macks parents ever come? Because they weren't in this one, and it never explained..
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
It's just like any number of movies or TV shows where certain characters don't come along till later on or in the sequel. They just weren't living in the area at the time. Being semi trucks, their work takes them all over the place, so I imagine it would be difficult for most semi families to spend a lot of time together, let alone live together. Plus I figured they're retired now, more or less, even though Gaspar drives Lightning now.
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HIYT3 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student Artist
o thx
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HIYT3 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student Artist
make more
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
There is a sequel to this fic called "Keep On Truckin'." You will find it in my gallery.
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HIYT3 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Artist
thx!and now i am finished the sequel!it is wonderfull!
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Thank you! ^___^
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HIYT3 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Artist
ok. i am now waiting for next 1
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MasteroftheLemons Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful story! It touched me! This has truly become Disney Pixar Cars history! Mind if I use Vee in my stories if I giveyou credit for her?
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Thank you so much! ^___^

That depends on what she's doing. I need to have a basic idea of her behavior and such, but otherwise, sure.
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MasteroftheLemons Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, Basicly Vee qould compete in races and go on dates with mack, as well as just hang out with the Radiator Springs gang.
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
Okay, cool. Just post me a link when you're done so I can read it. ^___^
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Pixar-Porsche Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
ENCORE!!! XD
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
:bow: :bow: :bow:
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Manicrulez Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
I LOVED THIS STORY
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Awww, thank you! There's a sequel, if you're interested.
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Manicrulez Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
i'LL CHECK IT OUT

Thx
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Darkfeather234 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
wow.
I loved this story!!!
I couldnt stop reading cause I wanted to find out what happened!
Good work!!
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Thanks! It was an adventure to write. :)
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Darkfeather234 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Welcome^^
you did a great job!
My fav story on DA!
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Pam2daRobin Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
How on earth could a small forklift like Guido shove a tire iron up Ramones tailpipe? Still... that's gotta hurt!
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Nevuela Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
LOL I don't know, and I don't think I want to know! :D
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Pam2daRobin Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Well you put it in the story, so you figure it out (no offense)!
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railrunnermiranda Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional
Wow, Loved this story. Good work!!
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Thank you! ^__^
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AtemuMustang Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg! that was sooooo good!
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Nevuela Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Thanks!
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lolen9 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
i read them all(but too cwickly)is so remantic!
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skyprophecy1 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
I can't believe I read it all in one day 0_______________________0

OH MY GOSH, I LOVED IT! I loved the romance, the suspense, the characters, the horrors, the humor, I LOVED IT!!! I loved how Mack and Vee were so dedicated to protecting each other, it was just so sweet but so sad at times, too. The whole thing was really done well. From the terrible way they met to the really happy ending, how you saw Slade and Joey stalking her and following her path and knew there was nothing you could do, it was just so GOOD!!
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
All in one day? Damn! And thought I was a fast reader!

Glad ya liked it. I hope this means you will be reading the sequel now.
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skyprophecy1 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
There's a sequel????
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Nevuela Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
Hell yeah there is! XD It's called "Keep On Truckin'" and it's in my gallery. It's got it's own folder, just like "Route 62" does.

[link]
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InvaderAmmy00 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
and its laid to rest
SOO CUTE
great story...i loved it
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CrystalGems Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
What a wonderful ending. Nice work! :D :D
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natasha-hicks Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
:aww:
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LittleRedToyota Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
Beautiful! A fitting ending. I had a good laugh over Sarge kissing Fillmore... =D
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shadowcat9279 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
WHEEE!! Great story! Thanks for sharing this. I wonder if they will have kids.... *ponders*
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WolftenDragon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahhhhhhh.....beautiful ending....

SARGEXFILLMORE=:iconepicwinplz: XDDDD
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TaiOMega Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwww... mushyness xD
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Rollerwings Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Sarge's challenge! How could I have forgotten about it? Thankfully you didn't, because that was a great humorous touch to the ending, as was the Guido's assault with a tire iron (ouch!)

It's great to see Mack and Vee finally enjoying some peace in Radiator Springs, and good that Mack acknowledged his lingering guilt over accidentally hurting Vee and heard from her that all was okay. It sounds like she's found it in herself to put her past behind her and enjoy her time with Mack.
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gemtherabbit-123 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beutiful ending
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