One of the definite signs of summer—the highway department is busy, too busy. Lately, I found interesting digital road signs warning to watch for the danger of trecks entering the highway. Not knowing what a treck was, I did’t know if any entered while I passed, but I did manage to get through that stretch of road safely, thank goodness.
Now, seeing this, I’m confused why they think it’s necessary to warn people coming out from this pipe that the gravel is soon going to end. Normal people wouldn’t be emerging from random drain pipes. True, the occasional weird fantasy writer, like me, looking for portals to other lands or dog owners chasing their beloved runaway pets or kids discovering a secret passage might make use of this warning. The highway workers must think we haphazard sorts are numerous, enough to warrant the expense of a permanent sign. Do they think we shy away from pavement and need to be warned, in case it might diminish the quality of our journeys? Or are they acting on their own behalf, fearful of encountering the dangerous minds that might emerge from the pipe? Or, it’s just summer, when even the highway crew is allowed to be a bit crazy.
Tea Leaf Tales is a series of original ten-sentence short stories by Marsha A. Moore, relating to photos/scenes that resonate with her.