The Imagination Movers had been solving problems for months with the help of their neighbor, Nina. Not only had Nina helped them solve many problems, they had also become good friends with her outside of the Idea Warehouse.
On this particular day, it was Nina's family reuinion. Mover Dave had agreed to go with her so that she wouldn't be too terribly bored with her Borovian family. Within an hour, she and Dave were bored to tears.
"Nina. Why don't you and I pack a picnic lunch and hike up to that cave and the end of that hiking trail?" Dave asked.
Nina looked thrilled. "Dave! That sounds great!"
30 minutes later, the two of them were on their way to the cave. A short while later they were there.
They spread a blanket out on the floor of the cave and unpacked their picnic basket. A few minutes later, they heard a low rumbling sound.
"Dave? What was that?" whispered Nina.
Before Dave even had time to answer, the entrance to the cave was covered in rocks.
Dave looked at Nina. "I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that it was a rock slide." He jumped up and ran to the cave entrance. It was useless. The rocks were packed tight. He couldn't move them.
"No worries, Nina. We got our phones." He pulled his cell phone out of his pocket. No signal. Nina was quiet.
"We're trapped," she said.
MEANWHILE IN NEW ORLEANS
"Alright guys. I'm freaking out now," Mover Rich said to the other Movers, Smitty and Scott. " Dave always answers his cell phone."
"Chillax, Rich," Scott said, looking up from his Mr. Burro arcade game. "They're probably having a blast with Knit-Knots and the rest of Nina's family."
"You're right Scott. I'm being too protective."
IN A CAVE
"Dave. It's been almost five hours." Nina said. "You're not going to be able to move those rocks. You might as well face it. We're going to be in forever."
"No we're not, Nina!" Dave yelled. "We're getting out!"
Nina started crying. Dave walked over to the bench where she was sitting. "I'm sorry, Nina."
"It's not you, Dave. I just keep thinking about things that will never get to happen. No more Idea Emergencies, no more songs, and you and I will never get to..." She stopped herself.
"Never get to what?"
"Well, you know, it's getting late. We might as well try to get some sleep. We'll need to sleep on the bench together for body heat. It'll get cold in here tonight."
Dave and Nina laid down on that tiny bench.
Nina closed her eyes. Dave put his hand on the side of her head. A second later, she felt Dave's lips on her lips. She kissed him back.
The next morning, Dave woke up before Nina. He heard people outside the cave talking. He sat straight up.
"Nina wake up! Nina, listen, its-"
Nina recognized the voice too. "Rich!"
The two of them started yelling for Rich. Soon he heard them and called the fire department. While the rescuers were working on getting them out, Dave pulled Nina over to a corner of the cave.
"Nina, what are we going to do when we get out?"
"What do you mean?"
"You know what I mean. You know I love you. But people would kill us for dating. There's such a big age difference."
"It's not that big."
"Nina, I'm 30; you're 19."
"So, let's keep it a secret from the Movers for a while, Ok?"
Soon they were out. Things went back to normal in the Warehouse. Rich, Smitty and Scott didn't suspect a thing. Yet.
TO BE CONTINUED