Anger came to a screeching halt, the brakes of the red Porsche 911 blowing road dust. He slammed the door as he got out.
Peace was waiting for him on the other side of the desert road. The sun was high. It would soon be unbearable. She took a deep breath and gracefully stepped out of the white Volvo. The met on the double yellow line.
“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” he screamed at her.
Her voice was even. “I’m doing the right thing. What you should’ve done in the first place.”
“I didn’t ask for your help. I have it under control.”
“You don’t” she said. “You forget that actions speak louder than words. And you’re screaming.” She added.
“I’ll scream if I damn well feel like it!” He shouted. “You just stay out of my business, you hear me? Jesus! You think you can just show up and fix everything? Grace us with a few positive words and all’s right in the world? Well it’s not!”
“I’m not ‘in your business.’ It’s my…our… responsibility. We’re supposed to be working together. I wish you would think about that before you explode. We’re a team remember?”
“We’re not.” He said hotly. “By definition, a team implies more than one. You are not the rock star here. You’re the one who should remember.” He stopped;he was panting after the outburst. Sweat ran down his face. He mopped it with a clean, white handkerchief and considered her. She looked hurt.
“I’m not trying to be a rock star. I only want you to think before you react. Why is that so terrible?” Her brow furrowed.
“Look I’m not saying it’s your fault…”
“You did!” Peace snapped. Anger was taken aback.
“I didn’t. I just mean that if we’re going to be a team, then you should consider me too.” He said.
Peace was upset now, “For real? You think I’m selfish? I’m killing myself trying to look out for you…to help you…and this is the thanks I get??”
“Just calm down. We can work this out.”
“Don’t tell me to calm down!”
Peace turned and stormed across the road. She didn’t even notice she had gotten into Anger’s car. The powerful engine roared making the wheels spin. She took off in a cloud of dust and gravel.
Anger watched her drive off. He said to no one in particular, “she’ll come back. Always does.”