“You ready?” she asked.
“Ready for what?”
“Start the van!”
“Oh, right.” He stuck the key into the correct position and turned it slowly for a more dramatic effect. The van came to life.
“Good boy, Bloom,” she said rubbing the steering wheel.
“We talked about this, we’re not naming this van Bloom.”
“You didn’t have any other options and we cannot start this trip without having a name for him.”
“Well why is it a ‘him’?”
“Because his name is Bloom.”
“And remind me why its name is Bloom again?”
“The Brothers Bloom.”
“I’ve never heard of it.” That was a lie. He just did not want to admit it because if he did, then he’d be acknowledging her love for the actor who played Bloom. And he really did not want to do that.
“Well I recommended it to you. You know, the brothers who are con men trying to swindle this woman out of all her money?”
“Vague recollection. Anyway, he’s Bloom for now. But don’t get attached to the name! Now, can we please go over the checklist?”
She turned to him with a dead look on her face. “We’ve gone over it three times.”
“Only two times. And three times the charm.”
“You only want to go over it again because you can’t stand even numbers.”
“Alright, alright.” She did her best to hide a smile turning up from the corner of her mouth as she grabbed the checklist.
Five minutes later they had finished it after running back into the house only once.
“I knew that’d be a good idea,” he said as he reached for his iPod. Luckily, she had found a van with a new stereo system installed. It went against the classic road trip rules, but it was a luxury he was grateful to have. A week ago the two of them had spent the entire day composing several road trip playlists, each one specialized to the type of road they were driving on and/or the time of day. He chose the playlist for getting out of the city. He grabbed his cup of coffee from the cup holder she had built for the trip, took a sip, and returned it to its holder. He let out a big sigh while placing his hands firmly on the wheel and looking straight in front to the end of the driveway.
“Go,” he replied putting the van into gear. They slowly rolled down the driveway and turned in the direction of their road trip.
“Que bueno,” she said taking her coffee.
“Con queso,” he replied completing the joke.
She quickly rolled down her window and pumped her fist into the air, “Si!” she cried.