Once they get back onto the highway, Katie experiments to see how fast she can go. Once they reach 80, the car starts moving diagonally sideways. Thankfully, there’s no one there and the car doesn’t start rotating. She backs off on the gas, lightly steers the car back into the lane, and sets her cruise control at 70 MPH, just to be safe.
An hour later, Sienna stops noticing her nudity. Yes, her boobs jiggle whenever the car goes onto a bridge or the road has a bump, but she’s too tired to care. As soon as she starts to drift to sleep, she hears Katie’s ringtone.
“Sorry Serina, they might have confidential information for me.” She pulls out her Airpods and puts one into her right ear, then disconnects her phone from the car before taking the call.
“Hey guys, this is Katie.” “Yeah, I’m driving, en route to New York right now.” “It shows ETA 8 hours and 30 minutes. We just switched over to Eastern Time.” “Put that order number on hold for today, we can deal with it later.” “No, it’s simple, just query it from the big database.” “Yeah, you should be looking for recurrent transactions.” “Tokyo’s asking? Isn’t it only like 2PM there?” “Yeah, that’s what I thought. Well, you can tell them that it’s freaking midnight here and some of us are hundreds of miles away from the office and STILL clocking in extra hours.”
Sienna can’t sleep with Katie puncturing the silence in the car every 30 seconds. After 40 minutes, Katie tells the group to “keep monitoring the situation and call me if you have updates. And the next time Tokyo HQ calls, make sure to let them know that there’s technically still eight hours until we actually have to work.” Katie leaves the call and turns the music back on.
“How many people are actually awake and working?” Sienna asks.
“Enough to make sure that we get a grip on this before the morning news cycle. There’ll be leaks for sure, but we should ideally be able to say that ‘the situation has been neutralized and further inquiries are being made’ when they come knocking. You seem to be more comfortable now.”
Sienna has the seat reclined and doesn’t bother to cover up as Katie glances at her. “Well, it’s not like I have a choice. I’m going to fall asleep at some point and my hands are going to slip. I do have to pee though. Bad time?”
“Are you sure you can’t just go outside?” Katie groans. She’s not excited about having to stop again.
“That’s illegal! I don’t want to end up on a sex offender list, I’m already naked!”
“Oh yeah, that’s going to be fun. You have to go run into the rest stop naked, pee, and come out without being seen.” Katie grins. Her friend’s predicament can’t help but cheer her up from anything that she has to deal with from work.
“AHH! YOU HAVE TO HELP ME!” The reality of the situation dawns on Sienna. “You have to go in there, make sure there’s no one there, and then again when I want to come out.”
“Fine. But since I’m the one with clothes, I get the umbrella.”
“Fair enough, but you better not screw me over.”
Katie takes the exit for the next rest plaza along the Ohio Turnpike. She grabs the umbrella from her door pocket, opens the door, and then opens the umbrella. She walks into the ladies’ bathroom, peeks under the stall doors, and then comes back out and flashes a thumbs up to Sienna. Sienna had been waiting with her door open, poking only her head out for Katie’s signal. She then picks up her heels with her hands. No way is she walking inside a public bathroom barefoot, but she isn’t willing to risk tripping in her heels on the uneven road. She starts a mad dash in Katie’s direction, getting drenched all the while. Katie watches in amusement as her friend’s breasts bounce as she runs.
“IT’S NOT FUNNY!” Sienna yells as she reaches the small building. She wrestles on her heels, and then quickly gets into the stall, slamming the door closed.
Once she’s done, she assumes that the coast is clear, because Katie hasn’t come in, nor has she heard any other footsteps. Tentatively, she speaks in a raised voice from inside. “Katie, you still out there?”
“Yeah girl, I’m right here. No one’s here right now, but hurry up before that changes. I’ll wait in the car.” Katie walks back towards the car, and soon sees Sienna’s figure come out of the building. She leans against the building, pulls her heels off, and runs to the car. Right before she gets to the door, Katie pushes a switch on her door, and Sienna hears the door lock.
“THAT’S NOT FUNNY! OPEN UP!” Sienna pounds on the door while Katie makes a motion at her ear, indicating that she can’t hear her. As if on cue, a large SUV pulls into the parking lot. Sienna’s heart starts to sink as it gets closer. Hopefully the rain will make it so that they can’t see much. Or if they decide to pull up next to us, they see a completely naked girl drenched in rain and holding her footwear in her hands.
Katie rolls down the window slightly. “Go ask them how to get to New York. Maybe your data stopped working or something.” She grins before rolling the window back up. Sienna curses loudly at Katie and waits there for a second to make sure she’s serious before running towards the SUV. Thankfully, they parked only 5 spaces away from where Katie did.
If I cross my arms, then maybe it’ll look like I’m just cold and wearing a shoulder less dress. Sienna knocks on the window of the SUV. The lady inside rolls down the SUV and is as shocked as Sienna is.
“Trisha! You were my upperclassman mentor when I was a freshman in college!” Sienna can’t believe that she’s meeting Trisha again. After the initial joy, she realizes just how embarrassing her being naked is. “It’s great to see you again!”
“Oh my god, you too! You look cold and you’re soaking wet, look at your hair! Come in! Why are you out here?” Trisha greets Sienna eagerly, not having noticed that she’s naked.
“Really, it’s fine. I’m trying to get back to New York and my data dropped. I just need some basic directions, I’m sure that when I get near another city my reception will be better, and I can run navigation.”
“Oh, don’t be shy, come on in! I have a post-it, I can write down the directions for you,” Trisha insists.
“Oh fine. But I’m in a bit of a pickle.” Sienna walks around the back of the car, and Trisha yells after her. “Yeah, having your reception drop in the middle of nowhere is quite a pickle!” Sienna murmurs, mostly to herself, “not quite the pickle I meant,” while thinking of how to dodge the embarrassment. She decides to put on her heels, to at least look a little bit more presentable.
As she opens the passenger side door, she gets in, with one hand between her legs and one over her breasts. She awkwardly closes the door, trying to show as little as possible. Trisha is putting in navigation to New York and doesn’t notice that someone has climbed into her car completely naked.
“Wow, you were right, reception here sucks. It might be a minute. Anyway, how are you.” She looks at Sienna for the first time, and then quickly averts her attention out the window. “OH MY GOD! You… You’re… you know!”
“Yeah. I’m naked.” Sienna tries to put on her brave face, and moves her hands away from her body, and places one on Trisha’s shoulder. “See look, I’m not embarrassed about it. It’s okay.” At this point, she doesn’t know if she’s trying to convince her friend or herself. Trisha hesitantly looks over, trying very hard to keep her eyes focused on Sienna’s face.
Sienna tries to laugh. “It’s okay, you can look down too.” She hopes it didn’t sound too awkward. She grabs Trisha’s hand and moves it towards her stomach to try and make her friend comfortable.
Once Trisha relaxes, she surveys Sienna’s body. “You’re very pretty, with and without clothes. Why are you naked anyway?”
Sienna blushes. “Thank you. Uh, my clothes got wet.” Technically not a lie. “Crazy rain, especially back in Indiana. They got completely soaked when I went out to fill gas.” Still, nothing she said was a lie. She decided to leave out the part where she got startled by a flickering lamp and dropped her dress in a puddle, only to realize that she had left her bag of clothes at a friend’s house, and the fact that they were only in this situation because she didn’t trust her friend.
“The storm is insane. It’s better here, but in Indiana it was windy too. I slowed down to 10 under the speed limit. This car doesn’t exactly handle like a sports car, either. Can I touch you?”
Sienna turns red again, when she was just beginning to relax. “Why not, sure. Could I get the directions first?”
“OH, I completely forgot. Let me write it down.” She reaches across Sienna’s lap to grab a pen from the glovebox. She writes down a few directions. “This should be enough to get you to Pittsburgh. If you still don’t have reception, I don’t know what to tell you.” She then pulls off her shirt, and her bra comes next. Her D-cups sag a bit as they are released.
“Wait, what are you doing?” Sienna squirms in her seat.
“I’ve never told you? I’m naked at home all the time. This is my first time in public though. This is exciting, isn’t it!” Trisha finishes stripping off her jeans and underwear. “Come on, I’ll walk you to your car. I need to go use the restroom anyway.”
Sienna doesn’t know what to say, so she gets out of the car after Trisha and walks around to meet her. Trisha squeals and grabs Sienna by the arm.
Sienna tells her when they reach the car. “This blue one is mine. It was great meeting you out here. You just about saved my life.” Suddenly, Trisha grabs her and gives her a shameless, full-contact hug. “Thanks bestie! I’ll call you sometime. You’d better be naked.”
Sienna pulls back after a few seconds and tells her that “We should definitely call.” What have I gotten myself into? She walks to the passenger side and tries to open the door.
Katie rolls down the window. “Directions first.” Sienna remembers that Trisha never gave her the post-it. She takes her heels off and runs towards her SUV and finds that it’s locked. Shit, she’s inside the rest stop! She runs towards the ladies restroom, and immediately winces as her bare feet touch the wet concrete floor. She takes a quick step back.
“Trisha, you in here? You never gave me the directions!” She yells inside, hoping no one else is in there.
“Sorry girl! I needed to pee! I’ll be right out!” Trisha yells back. Sienna waits for five minutes. She’s almost ready to leave. She would beg, cry, anything Katie wanted if it meant letting her into the car. Fortunately, Trisha walks out at that exact moment, and spins her keys around her finger. They walk to Trisha’s car, get the post it, and Sienna folds it and shields it with both hands to make sure that it doesn’t get wet.
“See you!” Trisha climbs into her SUV, and Sienna takes off towards Katie before a raindrop even has a chance to strike the post-it. “I got it, b****! Let me in!” Katie sees the post-it and unlocks the door. Sienna climbs in dripping wet, with her hair plastered to her face and shoulders.
“That wasn’t so hard.” Katie grins and snatches the paper. “Wait a second, this is only until Pittsburgh.”
“Screw off. Don’t you need to get to work?”
“I needed the time to respond to emails. This was fun though, right? Seems like you met a friend.”
Sienna stares out of the window, making it a point not to listen. Katie shrugs and turns onto the on-ramp, accelerating to highway speed, and merging with the highway. Sienna adjusts her climate controls to blow warm air to warm her up. Soon, she falls asleep due to exhaustion and the cozy temperature.