“There Is No Number 11”
“…stop all this ridiculous talk about an exit 11, there is no number eleven,” the woman sounded exasperated. “It’s not on the map.” They passed exit 13.
The man drove on in silence for several moments. Exit 12 came and went. Clouds gathered overhead, fog rolled in, making it twilight at 2 pm.
“That’s what he told me.”
“Well, he’s an idiot,” she replied.
After a mile he shouted, “Explain that!” Exit 11 loomed in the glow of the headlights.
“I don’t understand. It’s not on the map…”
Before she could protest, he turned toward it.
“What if he’s wrong?” She said.
“What if he’s right?” He answered, as they disappeared.
Story title from Jason Webley’s and Andru Bemis’ collaborative album How Big is Tacoma, 2006
Tales From the Tomato Patch #10: How Big is Tacoma by Christian Berntsen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.