MLMM’s First Line Friday: August 30th, 2019

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“I liked the rush, I liked the crunch. Never did look back at the fallout. Perhaps that was my first and probably biggest mistake. It’s a character trait that has plagued me throughout my life. Happy go lucky, no caring about the consequences of my actions, just settle for the buzz, the adrenalin high. This is beginning to sound like the words of that song, you probably know it, be it upon your own head if you don’t. It goes something like, “Lend me ten pounds and I’ll buy you a drink, and the devil take the hindmost in the morning,” sums me up spot on.

Now to get back to the point, just one backward glance and I would have noticed there was  something incredibly wrong with the scene I had left behind. Instead of a mass of red and yellow flame with a sky-obscuring plume of oily smoke there was just a white glow and the crater which should have opened was rapidly filling in again. The whole expanse of earth, tarmac and brush started to flow like a river and no matter how hard I pressed my foot to the throttle, the car was still slowly moving backwards with me in it. This was more than unexpected, it was impossible, surreal and I did not want to be part of it. I surmised that the only way out was to get out and be very quick about it. With one hand I managed to release  my seat-belt then  I wrenched open my door and rolled out onto my side, leaving the car going away from me. By the time I finished rolling and got unsteadily to my feet I realised the error of my ways. It was like standing on a moving walkway and the sand-covered verge was slowly but surely pulling me back to the bomb-site. I didn’t have much time to figure out my next move. Wishing that I was Superman or any other of my childhood heroes I started to wonder what they would do. Then it hit me.”

 

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Filed under Flash fiction, Otherworldly, Self compositions, Temperatures rising

4 responses to “MLMM’s First Line Friday: August 30th, 2019

  1. Alli Templeton

    Great piece of writing, Bobby. Full of action and a great pace. And an end on a cliffhanger… 🙂

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  2. LOVE this. I used to have dreams like this. Car moving backwards, but I stayed in 😉 A metaphor for my life(!) Staying with it has taught me to witness the destruction I might otherwise leave in my wake. I was a (somewhat) thoughtless kid once. But life … schooled me well.

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