They had passed each other in the high school hallways, even had one or two classes together over the years. Despite this, they hung out in different circles. Yet, fate would intervene in the form of the annual senior fun night at the Gatlinburg Mountain Roller Coaster. Sally was cute with deep sea green eyes, a quick wit, and the ability to debate on virtually any topic at the drop of a hat.
Tom, on the other hand, was the all-star quarterback standing tall and muscular, yet not in a way that would necessarily make him stand out in the crowd. What neither of them realized was that, of all the attractions in Gatlinburg, TN, they both loved the Mountain Roller Coaster.
A Chance Meeting
Sally stood in line patiently waiting for her chance to take the night ride down the side of the mountain. She just adored the way the lights on the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster lit up the track at night. What she had not planned for was the fact that she was the last one in the line and that the ride was closing. Nor could she have possibly known that there was only one car left at the top.
The person in front of her stepped into the light and suddenly she realized the shadow figure in front of her had been Tom. The attendant offered Tom the last car revealing it was a two-seater. Then the attendant turned to Sally and said, “Sorry, miss, this the last car and we are done for the night. You’ll have to come back tomorrow.” With a sigh, Sally started to turn away, disappointed that she would not get to go down the coaster tonight.
Care to Join Me?
Suddenly, with a shy look, Tom asked Sally if she would like to share the two-seater and the ride with him. Her heart must have skipped more than a few beats, but from somewhere in the fog of her mind, she heard herself say “Th-th-that would be wonderful. Th-thank you!” With Tom in the front manning the brakes and Sally sitting behind him, they took off.
As Tom let the speed build up, Sally’s nose picked up the scent of his shampoo, sending her off into a dreamy state in which she and Tom both featured prominently. The sudden stop of the car jerked her out her reverie with a bit of a start. Tom had slowed the car and brought it to a halt in mid-track.
Tom turned around, looked at her and said, “I love this ride and having a beautiful girl to share it with makes it all the more special.”
Sally couldn’t believe what she just heard, but plucking up a little courage, shared, “Thank you so much. I love the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, especially at night when the stars are out.” This would go on to become one of the most talked about relationships in school as the high school jock and the high school nerd became one of the sweetest couples over the course of time. And one of the most popular attractions in Gatlinburg, TN — the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster — was just the beginning of this wonderful love affair.