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The Longest Car Ride ~ 3

"All right, does everyone have everything," Sam asked as CJ and Josh walked into the Communications bullpen with their things.

"Check," CJ said. "Can we just get this part over with, please? I'd like to get this trip over with as soon as possible."

Josh smirked. "You're starting to sound just like Toby."

"I'll take that as a compliment," Toby said as he walked out of his office with his luggage. "Sam, may we go now?"

"I just want to make sure everyone has everything they need. I don't want to have to stop at a store or something on the way there." He said as he checked off Toby and CJ's names on a piece of paper. "Josh, do you have everything you need?"

"Yes, captain, I do. Now can we go? Please?" He whined.

Sam checked Josh's name off the list. "Yes, now we can go."

The four of them took their luggage and started walking out of the Communications area and into the lobby when Jed happened to pass by.

"Well, I see that we're all ready to go."

Toby looked up, his eyes wide open. "We? You mean you're coming with us? Not that that is a bad thing, but I thought you had to stay here and run things..."

"No, Toby, I'm not coming with you." Jed said as a sigh of relief came from the four. "I just wanted to see you off. Have a great time," he said in a sing-song voice.

"Sam?"

"Yes, CJ?"

"Go. Now."

He nodded and the four of them walked to Sam's car. He opened the trunk and they all put their belongings inside the car. Once everything was in, Sam closed the trunk and unlocked the car.

"Shotgun!" Josh yelled as he shoved past Toby.

"Oh please," Toby said. "Are we back in kindergarten?"

Josh looked at Toby. "What? I want to sit in front. It's more comfortable up there." He gave Toby a puppy dog look.

"Geez, Josh. What grade are you in?" CJ asked with a smirk as she got in to the now unlocked car.

Josh didn't say anything as he started to get in.

"Stop," Sam said. "It's my car, I'll choose who will sit in front."

There was a collective groan from the other three. "Sam, please. Just get in the car and drive. I honestly don't care about sitting in back," CJ said as she got in.

"That may be all fine and dandy with you," Toby said, "but I want to sit in front."

"Play 'rock, paper, scissors.' That's what my sister and I used to do when we were little." Sam suggested.

Toby and Josh gave Sam a look as if he were crazy. "Never mind, I'll take the back." Toby said as he got in.

"Yippee! I get the front!" Josh got into the front passenger side of the car.

Sam got in as well, but didn't do anything except put on his seatbelt.

"Um, Sam, you may want to consider putting the key in the ignition and turning it. That's what you normally do when starting a car," Toby said.

"Thanks for the play-by-play, Toby, but that isn't why I'm not doing anything. You all seem to have forgotten to do something very important." He looked in the rearview mirror at CJ and Toby and then looked over at Josh.

"And just what is it that we have forgotten, oh wise one," Josh asked in a sarcastic tone.

"You all seem to have forgotten to put on your seatbelts. It's a safety issue. I am not going anywhere until--" He was stopped by the sound of moaning and whining.

"Sam! Will you just start the stupid car and drive?!" Toby nearly yelled.

"Toby, shut up and put your seatbelt on. He does have a point," CJ said as she slipped hers on.

"Thank you, CJ." Sam said as he looked at her through the mirror.

"Oh just shut up and go. We now all have our seatbelts securely fastened, so you are free to turn the key," Josh said.

Sam relented. "Okay, that was all I asked." He took the key, put it in the ignition, and started the car. "Ready to go?" He looked around at everyone.

"Yes, we are ready," CJ said.

"All right then. Let's go." He put the car into drive and pulled out of the parking lot and on to the streets of Washington.

"Sam, you do know where you're going, right?" Toby asked.

"Yes, I know where I'm going. I am following the sun, which sets in the West."

"Sam!" The three shouted.

I'm kidding, I'm kidding. Sheesh. Yes, Toby, I know where I am going. Like I said before. I have done this before."

"Is there any possible chance we can put the radio on or something," CJ asked after twenty minutes.

"Sure." Sam turned the radio on to a Classical music station.

"Sam, does it have to be this? Why can't you put on music that people actually listen to?" Toby asked.

"I listen to this. I listen to it all the time," Sam said, defending himself. "Besides, they're playing the overture to 'Le Nozze De Figaro.'"

"Huh?"

"The Marriage of Figaro," Sam said, slightly annoyed.

"Never heard of it," Toby said. "So let's turn the station to something that we all can relate to, okay?"

"And what do you suggest? NPR?" Sam said.

"Actually, yes."

"Toby that is the most boring station I have ever listened to," CJ said. "How about alternative rock?"

"No," Josh said, "The Oldies. That music rocks."

"I'm actually finding this to be a tad relaxing," CJ said as she listened to the music.

Sam smiled. "See, what did I tell you?"

They drove on through the night with the Classical music on.

After an hour of complete silence, Sam stopped the car a little too suddenly for the others, thus waking them up. "Uh-oh," he said quietly to himself.

"What? Where? What happened?" Toby asked as he woke up.

"Sam, why aren't we moving," Josh asked.

"Well, we seem to have a bit of a problem..."

"What kind of problem," CJ asked in a rather annoyed tone.

Sam didn't say anything for a moment. "Well--"

"Let me guess," Toby said, interrupting Sam. "We ran out of gas."

"No, the car is overheating." Sam said as he turned off the car and got out and opened the hood.

"We're going to be stuck here forever," CJ moaned.

TBC...

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