Author’s Note 1: I thought about actually posting an ad online, but figured that people might take it seriously.
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The ad in the paper read ‘For sale: bus belonging to the now-defunct Sunnydale Unified School District. Great fixer-upper. Engine work recommended. New tires a must. Don’t miss out on a chance to own a one-of-a-kind conversation piece!’
Three individuals stood in front of the yellow monstrosity. “Mom, it’s perfect!” The dusky-skinned boy looked up at his mother with a brilliant smile. His blonde mother frowned in concentration.
“Honey, I don’t know…” The woman’s voice trailed off as she considered the vehicle carefully.
The driver’s side fender was bunged in. That side of the bus was sprayed with what looked like dried lime Jell-O, but smelled like skunk and spice cake. And it looked as if someone had taken a razor knife to the sidewall of the tire. The steel wheel was scored as well, with four parallel grooves.
“I can make it run, mom.”
Mother and son turned to look at the overweight and balding ‘pre-owned transportation specialist.’ He rubbed his chin and smiled. “Well there, little lady, a set of retreads will add sixteen hundred to the cost.”
The blonde pulled the man in close with an iron grip. When she whispered into his ear he shivered despite the warmth of the day. “Don’t make me cripple you in front of my son.”
The man stepped back a step as soon as he was released. “Like I was sayin’ one new tire’s all you really need…two-fifty additional."
The woman gave him The Look.
“Mounting and balancing no charge,” the man gasped.
Author’s Note 2: Why they need it—I don’t want to know. But the bus called to me after rereading ‘With a Star’ and watching a clip of ‘Chosen.’