A surprise by my brother
by, 06-04-2009 at 06:09 AM (874 Views)
My brother, Mohammad, surprised me the other day when I caught him actually 'writing' something. Mohammad, my big bro, never had passion for writing and was also throwing all those comments at me whenever he sees me sitting in one place writing my stuff.
It was annoying for awhile, but I got used to his sarcastic lines... until recently he got curious as to what really makes me write fiction and short stories all the time. He started reading my stuff, little by little, he even took the time to discuss with me some of the things he found interesting in my work.
And just suddenly, I find something by his pen in Facebook. A style that is rarely used in stories because it's as hard as the first person narrative style: it's a story where the reader is the main character in it. I myself never imagined myself writing something like that, yet he managed to make it rather intersting and hooking.
I thought at first to put it in my thread but it's not something that I wrote. So I'll just keep it here in this blog, and I'll keep bugging him to keep writing or else I might end up adopting his work and try something out.
Chapter One - Desolate
You are driving your car. Again.
What do you mean by Ďagainí? Of course youíre driving your car again. Itís been your car for years.Then what doyou mean by Ďagainí? Do you mean again on the same road? Or doyou mean again under the same hot weather? Why did you feel that you had to add the word Ďagainí?
You are driving your dusty Nissan on this hot August afternoon, and soon you ignore the question, not wanting to give it much thought; especially when you have so many other mind-boggling matters to think about.
You look at the air conditioning dial and wonder why itís not set to its maximum while the temperature outside is nearing 40c degrees. You reach for the dial to increase its volume and you get disturbed by the feeling of sweat-wet T-shirt sleeve on your stretching arm. I'd kill for a cold shower.
As soon as you turn the air conditioner dial, the air flowing from the ventilators suddenly stop. "Stupid Car!" you say angrily. But then you remember how dependable your car was the past years. "Come on, baby, don't do this to me. Not now..."
"Sweet God!?" You shriek. And then you hear a funny vibrating sound coming from the front left side of the car, so you switch on your hazard lights and pull over stopping the car.
You open the car's door, but forget how hot the car's exterior body and end up burning your hand when you close the door. "Owww!" you suck your fingers trying to comfort them with moist from your dry mouth.
You had a fairly strong feeling and enough experience to what has happened, but you keep pushing the thought away as much as you can. You hope that if you don't think about it very much it will somehow undo itself. No luck there, because youíre now gazing upon a flat tire.
Great! I can't imagine anything worse than this happening to me today...
Frustration gets the best of you, as you kick the flat tire in a blinding burst of anger, which you instantly regret. Feeling the ache in your sore feet fueled to your anger higher.
You pop your trunk cursing whomever and whatever comes to your mind. Then just as youíre raising the trunk's door you remember something and a surge of panic overwhelms you.
Oh no! Please don't tell me that I...
You almost freak out as you discover that your spare is also flat.
Arriving to the conclusion that you will need someoneís help, you look both ways alternately in hope of spotting any passing cars. Fifteen minutes later, you give up looking and release a frustration sigh, and then decide to wait inside the car to avoid getting your skin blistered by sun rays.
Back inside the car, you lower down the windows, so you wonít get suffocated by the hot air intensifying inside. You wince in pain as a trickle of sweat finds its way into your right eye, so you reach for your handkerchief and wipe the pouring sweat off your face and neck. By the time you put down your hankie, the persistent beads of sweat are already forming back.
The severe loss of moist is working your body double-time to maintain the optimum internal temperature. You think that must be why you feel this overwhelming exhaustion. The dehydration finally get the best of you, so you tiredly toss your hankie away, close your eyes, and rest your head back against the headrest.
Damn it. I really had to get leather seats, didnít I?
You struggle to swallow as you mouth is crisp-dry by now, and itís even harder to breath air which you feel literally burns your lungsí tissue.
You have seen it before on TV; if you think of something hard enough and you can convince your body that itís actually happening. You start thinking of Ice-cream almost immediately, and then iced water. You try imagining yourself in a cold room with a huge fan blowing air towards your face.
ďBull****ÖĒ you whimper in frustration.
Youíve laughed at the stupid idea when youíve seen it on TV. Back then you had doubts that this crap was nothing but psychological mumbo-jumbo, but now you are damn sure it is.
Do I hear a police siren?
You open your eyes and look into the distance, but see nothing. You tiredly sit straight and lean forward. You squint looking through the side mirror, and see a cloud of dust which soon shapes an approaching car.
"Finally." you say in relief and jump out of your car. You wait for the police car to come in range to start signaling. As the police car approaches you start waving your arms for it to stop, but to your amazement the driver doesnít seem to give you much attention, and the speed at which he's driving doesnít appear to be decreasing in order for him to stop by the time he reaches your car. You move to the side of the road just to be safe; trying not to think of what these clues might suggest. You grow puzzled by the decreasing distance between you and the police car, and why all the arms waving don't seem to get the driver's interest.
Your jaw drops and you stagger as the police car drives by you and continues its journey away, without even slowing down one bit. You stare in shock for a couple of seconds, as you realize what just happened.
"What the hellÖ" you mumble in bewilderment before the rage boils in your blood causing you to scream off your lungs "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!"
You bend into your car's open window resting on your elbows in frustration. I'm going to die here.
Shaking off the thought you look at how much sweat you left behind on the seat. And you recall an article you read somewhere. Human body can tolerate loosing 5-8 liter of liquid before it enters a critical state of dehydration. You wonder how far you are right now from that critical state.
You reach for the radio, thinking maybe you'll hear about what the police car driver thought was more urgent than stopping to aid you. Nothing of such was on the emergency news channel. That's not very surprising. So you switch to the car's CD player and crank the volume to High. You listen to Madonna's song: Frozen, and almost smile in irony.
Suddenly a wasp passes right in front of your eyes. Oh God, no! Not a wasp! Stay away! you flinch and quickly draw back away from the car, covering your head with your arms as you were alergic to their stings.
The last thing you recall was a large Mercedes emblem and an earsplitting horn.
Then you see nothing but pitch black.