Sunday, September 22, 2002

The Longest Trip

For the first time Jill and Sam were going to be apart from each other. Sam was on his way to Puerto Vallarta for vacation. As the car drove down the road Jill watched it become a small point in the horizon. Jill was stuck at home taking care of her little sister while her mom and dad went to work. Jill and Sam were inseparable since the day that Sam’s family moved into the house next door to Jill’s. They had the training wheels taken off of their bikes together. When Jill had to have braces Sam got braces too. This would be the first summer they would not spend every day together. How long could it last?
Sam watched as Jill stood in the road and felt somewhat saddened by the fact that it would be three weeks before he saw Jill again. Still Sam had other thoughts on his mind. Soon he would be on the beach riding a jet ski, snorkeling, parasailing, and doing anything and everything that he could. Jill had always gone with Sam on vacation but this time Jill’s parents would not allow her to go. Sam had all the freedom he never had had and he wasn’t sure what he would do first once he got there.
Jill moped inside her house and realized that Sam would probably be too busy to call her like he promised. Jill had nothing to do other than loaf on the couch for three weeks, watch T.V., and wait for Sam to call. Her little sister was old enough to take care of herself and hardly left her room. Jill had very few friends from school since she spent so much time with Sam, but Cara had told Jill to call her sometime during the summer to go out and have some fun. Jill waited until 7:00 rolled around and decided that she would call Cara to see what she was doing. Cara was excited that Jill had called because she was going stag to a nightclub and now Jill could go with her and keep her company. They got dressed and headed out to the club.
On the other side of the world Sam’s plane was just landing and he was so tired he could barley carry his duffle bag. When they checked in at the hotel Sam went straight to his room and called Jill to tell her that he was just arriving at the hotel. Much to his surprise Jill’s father told him that Jill had gone out with some friends. Sam went downstairs to the lobby to listen first hand what waves sounded like. The sand was so unremarkably white that even in darkness you could see the waves crashing against the shoreline. Sam walked around for a few minutes before he retired to his room for the next day to come.
Back at home, Jill and Cara were still in the club dancing Jill’s troubles away. Cara’s boyfriend had enlisted in the military and was shipped out one week after he graduated. Cara was not as attached to her boyfriend as Jill was because they had only known each other for six months. When two guys came up to them, Cara was eager to introduce herself and Jill. The guys turned out to be older than them, which made Cara like them even more. After the club closed and kicked everyone out the guys thought it would be a good idea for Jill and Cara to go back to there place and have something to drink. Cara agreed and convinced Jill that it was harmless fun and that no one would find out not even Sam. While they were at the guy’s house Jill felt ill and asked for Cara to take her home. Cara was too busy with Mike to take her home so Ryan figured he could take her home. During the ride home Jill told Ryan about Sam and how she never does things like going to clubs and that she was uncomfortable being out so late. Ryan told Jill that he was in a similar situation and that he was glad that he met someone that he could hang out with and have “no strings attached.” They exchanged phone numbers and said goodnight. Jill had to sneak into her house because she was four hours late. Climbing through the window was her best bet. Jill made it inside and quickly fell asleep.
Sam woke up at 10:00 and the view from the terrace was just like something you would see in a movie. The water was perfect and the mountains were covered with palm trees and tropical plants. Sam went downstairs to the beach and saw the most crystal clear water he had ever seen. About one hundred yards down from where he was at was a jet ski rental place. Sam had to try it. Sam spent much of the morning on the jet ski. When he had to turn it in he noticed a snorkeling tour banner off the side of a boat. He tried that. There were so many new things to do that he quickly forgot about Jill and the fact that she wasn’t there. Between all the activities Sam meet a girl that seemed to be doing all the things that he was doing. Sam went to talk to her and they hit it off. They were into the same stuff and were new to this place. They decided that they could have more fun if they did everything with a partner that was new to the area too.
Jill woke up and called Ryan like she said she would. Ryan invited Jill and her sister to go eat. Jill’s little sister decided on Chucky Cheese and so they were off to eat and play games. Jill and Ryan had a better chance to talk and they got along well. Between the games and the food they talked about whatever was on their minds about each other and everything in between. It was time to go home and like most children Jill’s sister did not want to leave. Ryan did a good job in telling her that they would be back some other time and that she could stay as long as she wanted then. Jill was surprised that her sister gave up as easily as she did, she would usually have to be hauled out of that place.
The days turned into weeks for Jill and Sam and soon they would be reunited. Sam finally had a chance to give Jill a call and let her know how it was going. They caught up for almost one hour but never once did one of them mention their new friend. Sam told his summer partner that he would soon be leaving and he wished he could see her again. Much to his surprise she would be attending the same university as he was. Sam would be able to see her again. Now Sam had another problem, Jill would have to know about this new girl. Sam wasn’t sure how he was going to tell Jill that he spent his entire vacation with another girl. A girl that would be going to the same university that he was. Sam still had to end the summer with a blast. He had to put his problems behind him and enjoy his last days in paradise. Jill had to decide whether she was going to stay with Sam or tell him about Ryan. She didn’t know that Sam too was not being as honest as he should. They knew this day would come but they thought by then I’ll figure something out. On the day of Sam’s arrival, Jill was at the airport waiting for him like she promised. They were so excited to see one another they didn’t have the hart to break the bad news to each other. The ride home in the back seat was, as portrayed in the picture, not so much for communication. When they made it home Sam was the first one to admit to his summer fling. He explained how it just happened and he would see her in the fall at the university. Jill didn’t seem so mad because she also had a summer fling, and she would continue to see Ryan. Sam and Jill realized that they were only good friends and needed to be apart to figure out that they were only together out of habit.
Sam and Jill realized that they were holding each other back from what they really wanted. They had to be apart from each other for three weeks to change their minds about what they needed to do. In the end Jill and Sam ended up being friends and only that.