I look over at her. I'm trying to remove my hands from the steering wheel, but they won't budge. The police car drives off, and I glance at it before returning my gaze to Avril. “I don't want to get any more tickets. I don't want to have to talk to any more police officers. It's too nerve wracking.”
“It really shouldn't be as long as you know you're not doing anything illegal. It's alright to be nervous, but it can get you in loads of trouble if you're nervous at the wrong time.” Avril pats me on the shoulder and returns to her seat.
I sit there for a second, not sure what to do. “Why don't you drive some, Avril?” I suggest, but it's more of a command from my side of things.
“Eh, maybe on the way back. Why don't you let Oliver over here take a turn? Looks like he's been itching to get behind the wheel.” Avril gestures to Oliver, who looks up from his phone after ignoring the whole conversation.
“What?” he asks.
“You… wanna drive?” I ask him with uncertainty, staring at Avril the whole time.
He nearly laughs. “The person who is the most skeptical about my driving skills is asking me if I want to drive on the interstate?”
“Unless you don't want to. I mean—”
“Course I do!” He is out of the car in less than a second and is waiting for me to take his place in the backseat.
I get out of the car and face him. “Just… be careful. Please.”
“I promise I won't wreck anything.” He messes up my hair jokingly so that it falls in my face, and I laugh. “Other than your hairdo.”
“Oh, ha ha ha.” I gently punch him in the arm and push my hair out of my face before joining Avril in the back of the car. Oliver manages to pull onto the road smoothly, and soon we are cruising along without worry at a relatively decent speed.
I look over at Avril in the seat next to me She is drawing something in a sketchbook. Well, not drawing. More like sitting with a pencil pressed to the paper and trying to figure out what to draw next. On the page are bases for three humanoid figures, and one vaguely looks like her.
I want to ask her what she’s making, but by the disappointed look on her face when she looks at her drawing, I think it’s probably better to leave her be.