Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Rock And A Hard Place

Pain shot through her and she shot right back with all 7 dirty words you cannot, or at least could not say on television. The wrinkled metal has her pinned to the rusty metal and a jagged shard of the latter is furrowing a row down her right thigh.

Rounding a curve below Berthoud Pass she hit a patch of sand and went into a skid. She steered into it and almost recovered but the rear wheels broke free and in passing her, turned her skid into a spin. The Porsche performed a series of near perfect pirouettes over a long downhill stretch. A thing of beauty if viewed as a spectacle, though points would surely be deducted for trajectory. Kissing the sheer rock face of the canyon wall ground the headlights and front bumper into a silver smear until a small boulder grabbed a fender and wadded the car up like a gum wrapper.

There was just enough momentum left to pinball the modified custom once more across the two lane where it finally came to rest with the front passenger side wheel hanging in space over what would be regarded as a breath-taking panarama under any circumstances.

The cliff’s edge erodes beneath her and the crumpled Carerra teeters a degree closer to oblivion. She tries to compensate by straining to shift her weight into the cavity called a backseat on a 911. With each new lunge the finely crafted German plowshare tills another meaty inch and she cries out with another howling barrage of expletives.

She’s been between a rock and hard place before. Wile E. Coyote has survived worse. The view is spectacular.


Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Applause, applause, applause!!!
Harry, that is a heart-pumping tale you've crafted here. Your heroine is written with guts and hopeless but earnest pluck and it's SO good to read one of your stories again! Well done!

Sugar said...

HarryB, I loved this one! You painted an animated picture and developed a charismatic character in nothing flat! Excellent.

bolton carley said...

love this one! nothing like following a coyote! lol. and your word usage was fab - the pinballing, the pirouettes, and the shooting of dirty words! rockstar!

Pamila Payne said...

What a wild ride of a story! All vivid action and a character that came through clearly with no physical description. What a neat trick.

Stephen said...

Hi Harry -- Loved your nimble ballet of words in here (along with the ballet of the plunging car). Some great images meshed with some lovely ironic humour. Got character, got view, got a sticky situation (creeeeak...). What's not to like? St.

Steve Green said...

wonderful imagery and descriptive Harry, the reference to a gum wrapper made me wince a bit, what a terrible thing to do to such a beautiful machine.

The Wile. E. Coyote mention gave me a smile too, I mean, he can survive ANYTHING, can't he?