And part 2.
“Are we almost there?”
“Umm…” He wasn’t really sure how he should answer that. On one hand, it generally seemed like a good idea to try to encourage her to hold it. On the other hand, it didn’t seem very likely that she would make it anymore. After a moment, he decided to try to keep her hopes up. “Not quite, but we’re getting there. Is everything OK back there?”
“Yeah, I just really need to go potty...”
“OK sweetie.” He paused for a moment then said “Do you need to pee or poop?”. It hadn’t occurred to him to ask before now.
Cassy replied in a quiet voice “… umm… poop...”.
“Do you think you can hold it for a little longer?”
“Yeah… I think so...”
They sat in silence for a while after that. The traffic had started move move somewhat, but very slowly. Jake wasn’t sure what was going on ahead of them, but this certainly wasn’t normal for the area. Another 5 minutes or so went by before Cassy said
“I really really really need to go to the bathroom...”
Jake didn’t say anything for a moment. He didn’t think she had much chance of making it, and he really didn’t mind changing poopy diapers anyway.
“Cassy sweetie, it looks like it might take us longer to get home than I thought, so it’s OK if you need to use your diaper, alright?”
“OK… but, umm, I think I can still hold it though.”
“Are you sure? It sounded like you have to go pretty bad.”
“Umm, yeah, I can hold it a little longer I think...”
Another few minutes or so had passed when the traffic started to pick up again. It wasn’t moving at it’s normal speed, but it was at least making steady progress now.
“Hey Cassy, how’re you doing back there? Are you still holding it?”
Just a few seconds later, she farted. Loud enough that Jake could hear it clearly in the drivers seat.
“Everything still OK? Did you just have an accident?”
“Ummm…” She hesitated for just a moment “No, it’s just gas.”
“…Are you sure?”
“Alright...” Jake looked at Cassy in his his rear view mirror and saw her squirming in her car seat with a slightly strained look on her face. “Remember, It’s OK if you can’t hold it and have to go in your diaper, alright?”
“I know, I just… I just really want to make it to the potty ‘cause I haven’t had an accident all day.”
“Well, you did wet yourself a little at the pet store, remember?”
“Yeah, but it was only a teeny bit, so it doesn’t count. You didn’t even have to change me!”
“OK, I guess your right.”
The traffic ahead of them had really started to pick up now. They were even almost going the speed limit. Cassy farted a few more times, each time proudly announcing “I’m still clean, it was just gas!”. Jake believed her too. Each time he would catch a slight whiff of something, but after a few moments it would fade away. He could tell that she was really struggling though. She was squirming and wriggling in her car seat to some degree almost nonstop now, and he could hear her hold her breath and tense up every now and then as well. ‘If it weren’t for this traffic jam, she would definitely have made it’ he thought to himself. Then again, she might still surprise him. It had been probably 20 minutes by now. He hadn’t really expected her to hold it this long to begin with, traffic jam or not. But now that it had cleared up and they were moving again, they still had another 15 or 20 minutes left before they got home.
As they continued on, Jake saw what must have caused the delay. A water main looked like it had burst, creating a huge pool of water that was now running across the street. A small flotilla of utility vehicles were parked in the grass and along the curb nearby. It looked like they had finally shut it off, but it was clear that it must have been quite a spectacular break. The ground around the now partially excavated pipe was a muddy mess, and there was silt and grit covering the road far beyond where the water was now. Clearly the water had been higher before. Several of the utility workers who now stood around the hole were wearing reflective vests that were now spattered with mud and dripping wet. They slowed down as their car plowed through the water, sending spray up in every direction. Once they passed out the other side, he was finally able to accelerate back up to the regular speed limit again.
Jake sniffed the air a little bit. ‘Cassy must have farted again’ he idly thought to himself. A short time later however, he noticed two things. First, not only had he not heard her toot, but Cassy hadn’t made any comment this time. Second, and perhaps more telling, was that the smell hadn’t gone away yet. In fact, where before it had rapidly dissipated in a matter of seconds, the odor presently in the car was getting stronger and more noticeable as time passed. He glanced in his mirror again. Cassy didn’t appear to be squirming anymore, and her head was turned down. He thought he could see her cheeks blushing, but wasn’t sure. ‘Poor thing’ he thought to himself as another wave of odor wafted up into the front seat, ‘she holds it this whole time and then finally when we start to move again she ends up having an accident’. Within a minute or so, the smell wasn’t so much wafting around as it was saturating the car. It didn’t really smell bad though. Not that it smelled like flowers and rainbows. She still pooped. But it wasn’t what Jake would consider an “offensive” odor. Unmistakable? Yes. Unavoidable? Absolutely. But awful? Disgusting? Not really. It just sort of settled gently over the entire interior of the car. Jake almost said something, ask her how she was doing, but decided against it. She was clearly already rather embarrassed, and he didn’t see any reason to draw any more attention to it. A few minutes later he turned into a neighborhood that acted like a short cut on their way home. Moments later he regretted it as they came up to the first of a handful of speed bumps. It didn’t really bother Jake that much; stinky diapers didn’t really phase him, and even if they did, a few bumps probably wouldn’t make that much difference in the long run. But he felt bad for Cassy. Not only did she have to sit in her poopy diaper for the rest of the car ride, but now every speed bump they went over would be like an embarrassing reminder that she had gone in her pants.
When they finally arrived home, Jake pulled into the driveway and parked the car. He waited to get Cassy out of her car seat; there was a bag of frozen vegetables and a tub of ice cream from the grocery that needed to get into the freezer. As soon as he had finished with that, he came back out and started to unbuckle Cassy from her car seat.
“umm...” She paused for a moment, blushing. “I uhh… I really really needed to go potty, and I couldn’t hold it anymore, and I uh… I used the bathroom in my diaper by accident...” she mumbled sheepishly.
“I know sweetie, it’s no big deal. I don’t mind cleaning you up. Plus you held it for a really long time, remember?”
“Yeah… How did you already know that I used my diaper?”
Jake had just lifted her up by her arms out of her car seat when she asked that, and had to stop himself from laughing out loud.
“Because I could smell you silly!” He poked her nose playfully. “Your diaper is all stinky!”
Cassy giggled a little in response. “Oh, yeah...”
He closed the car door and, holding her against himself with her head just above his shoulder, started carrying her inside. “How about we go get that poopy bottom cleaned up and then we can bring the rest of the stuff inside, hmm? After that we can play with the new train track! Does that sound good?”
Cassys eyes lit up at that. “Yeah! Definitely!”
I've thought about doing a little epilogue at the end, but either way let me know what you think! Im not sure if I put too much extraneous details in or not.