Sometimes meddling into people's affairs produces unexpected results.
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Joann Keller—a teenager prone to idealistic views of the world—doesn't know what to do with her life after school. Her choices are multiple, but she only dreams of traveling the world and doing good. With her parents consent she's allowed to take a year off, to ponder her options. She travels to Italy, to stay with her mysterious aunt, a woman she has met only a few times.
What lies ahead surpasses even Joann's lively imagination.
Joann sat in the passenger seat of the tiny Fiat and prayed. The hairs in the back
of her neck, in fact throughout her body, stuck up in terror as Janet navigated the
chaotic traffic in the city. Cars pushed so close to their miniscule vehicle that Joann
could’ve touched the arms of the drivers if she had dared to reach out of the open side
window. A chorus of loudly shouting, arm waving men and some women burst into a
cacophony of screeching brakes, piercing horns and a stream of what seemed obscene
insults at every junction where the traffic ground to a halt.
When the slow moving soup of four wheeled metal boxes finally cleared the
junctions, the speed of the traffic rose to unhealthy levels on the relatively narrow
streets. Joann clutched her purse in terror at yet another whirling mass that flew past
them as they finally cleared the city limits and reached the main road south. The
traffic didn’t slow, it got worse. Cars overtook their tiny vehicle, the air currents
shaking the chassis and making the small car sway sideways.
Janet seemed totally impervious to the chaos surrounding them. Her gaze was
tightly fixed to the road, her back rigid, but her shoulders were relaxed. In fact, it
almost looked like she was enjoying the drive.
When they reached the highway, she finally spared a look at Joann, and laughed.
“Don’t worry about the traffic, you'll get used to it.”