A Winter Story - Chapter 2
Chapter 2 - "A Journey That's Fun..."
"Chop, chop, everybody in," Karin calls to her children. Mia and Liam climb into the back seats of the Skoda Superb - Karin and Dominik have bought it for the children - and spread out. "No," Karin warns, "you have to leave room for Eli!" Eleonora is their child from a previous relationship. The 19-year-old will be coming with them on their ski vacation. "Yes, Eli!" exclaims Mia loudly, looking forward to seeing her half-sister who always plays such casual games with them. "Eli!" mimics Liam to his sister. He remembers how Eli used to make him fly through the air, arm in one hand, one leg in the other - "playing winglis" she had called the game back then.
"Everyone buckled up?" warns father Dominik, turning towards the back seat. "Yes!" the kids confirm. Karin gets behind the wheel and takes over. She loves driving a car, especially because she otherwise travels by tram and bus. It's the other way round for Dominik: he enjoys not just having to look at the road for once. Today he has a surprise for the children. "Did you bring the old iPads?" he asks to the back. Mia and Liam nod back questioningly. "Okay, there's something new in the car," the father explains to his two kids. "We have wifi!" "What?" they both ask. "Yeah, you can log the iPads onto the net!" "What's a net?" asks Liam. "It's so you can watch your favorite videos," father Dominik explains to him, taking his son's iPad to connect it to the net.
Karin looks at her husband and asks in amazement: "How does that work? Dominik explains to her that with this new connection in the car, the autoSense adapter, it is also possible to have a 4G connection: "The adapter forms a hotspot so that you can access the network via it. That's handy for devices like iPads that don't have a SIM card. Or abroad." "Okay..." says Karin doubtfully. "But I don't want it in the holiday apartment!" Dominik reassures his wife, saying it's just about having some peace and quiet in the back while driving.
"Alright, let's go!" shouts Karin cheerfully to the crowd as she threads her way briskly into the city traffic. "Next stop Eli!"
Eleonora is already standing by the road, her travel bag on the ground, her skis and poles draped on it, and she hasn't forgotten her ski boots either. However, she had to search for a long time before she remembered that she had put the clunky shoes in the laundry room behind the tumbler. But her mother didn't have to know that when she got out and asked her daughter if she had thought of everything: "And you have the gloves, too?" Oh shit, Eleonora had actually forgotten them. "I'll get them quickly!" she calls to her mother. Stepdad Dominik grumbles something unintelligible and loads the luggage into the trunk, which is already pretty well filled, before wedging the skis into the racks on the roof. By then Eli is back too, "Found it!" She climbs into the back seat with the two kids, who greet Eli with broad laughter, "Are you excited too?" asks Liam of his big half-sister with a very serious look on his face. "But of course!" says Eli and gives him a big smack on the cheek.
"Finished in the back," Mia crows after everyone has gotten in. That's good, thinks Karin and wants to drive off. But then Dominik interferes: "Wait, I want to show you something else." He has pulled out his mobile and shows her a wide smiley on the screen. "This is also autoSense", he explains to his partner. "If you drive decently, you get points, and lots of points give you a smiley face." "Dominik!", Karin gets indignant, "You know I drive carefully!" "Well, sometimes pretty snappy," her partner replies. "After all, this Eco-Drive module is just an extra motivation to drive quietly and safely and ecologically - and that's what you want, isn't it?" "Yes, of course," Karin replies half-heartedly. "Let's make a game out of it," Dominik suggests. "I got a smiley face the first month. Let's see if you can do the same!" Karin thinks for a moment and then accepts the challenge: "I can do that easily!" And drives onto the road a tad less briskly than she did two minutes ago. She can't know that the brief dialogue will prevent evil from happening to her family.