Friday, January 12, 2007
New Beginning 186
Glen backed out of the driveway, shifted to drive and spun the tires of his SUV on the snow covered suburban street. The doors locked with a soft thud. Linda shivered in the seat next to him, undoubtedly impatient for the heat to come on. The New Year’s Eve party was still going, but Linda had asked to leave. Glen had hoped to spend a little more time with Brandy, the party’s hostess, and suspected she was Linda’s reason for wanting out. Snow was falling fast and the illuminating cones from the headlights ended early in the onrush of white flakes. The windshield wipers gathered chunks of ice and slush that refused to lose their grip when the wipers changed direction. Glen turned on to the deserted four-lane that led home, noting the lack of fresh tire tracks.
“This must be what it’s like driving in a snowglobe,” Glen said.
“You say the stupidest things.”
“Sorry, I’ll just shut up and drive.”
After a mile, a semi came speeding down an on-ramp, its trailer fishtailing in the snow. “Watch out,” said Linda. “This guy’s drunk.”
The semi pulled along side them. Through the blizzard, Glen could just make out the block letters on its trailer: Industrial Package Supply. He pumped his fist and elbow at the driver, like he used to do on road trips as a kid. “I think he wants to race.”
“Just let him go by.”
“Like hell. I can beat him to the bridge.” He crunched the gas pedal, but the semi sped ahead.
"What are you doing?!" Linda screamed. "You'll get us killed!"
Easing off the accelerator, Glen noted the sign that read BRIDGE ICES BEFORE ROAD. As the semi barreled onto the bridge, it jackknifed. The trailer tumbled, peeling open like a tin can.
“Glen, stop!” But there was no time. Glen had no choice but to veer through the guardrail and into the river.
As icy water filled the vehicle, the headlights shone upon thousands of foam packing peanuts swirling all around them.
“There,” said Glen, shivering, “now this is what it’s like driving in a snowglobe.”
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