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Bad Luck

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The fog lights of the heavily dented sedan flickered as a last attempt to illume but did not succeed. It was not the first component failure suffered by Lillian’s car and whatever that remained screamed for an overhaul. At least, the dents were present before the nth hand purchase. Several taunts, close shaves and breakdowns later she planned on to save to buy a new car. So, Lillian decided reach work early each day so that she could clock in more hours.

Before she could mouth a curse, a Mack rammed straight into the bonnet. The bumper pivoted the car for a quarter of a circle before the hood squashed against the truck’s windshield. It all looked like a perfect choreography, straight from an action flick. Gravity pulled the weight of the car and the vehicle retraced the arc. The driver of the truck, fatigued and maybe inebriated decided to flee the scene. Lillian had not passed out by then. She realized that she was pinned down to her seat. The shock took her voice away and the tattered covers were slowly soaking up red. Lillian lived for another four hours till traffic started when the fog cleared.

The post mortem report ascertained excessive blood loss as the cause of Lillian’s death.

The car was almost as good as it was before the accident except for one vital component when investigators confirmed that the seat belt which was one of the few working parts of the car, malfunctioned after the impact and did not retract out.

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7 responses to “Bad Luck

  1. Meira October 5, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Gosh! I must get that damn servicing done

  2. Arshat October 6, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Awesome writing… Inspired!

  3. ET October 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Oh my my…That was a good perception of the prompt…
    I liked the use “perfect choreography” for the nerve-racking action.
    Loved the piece!

  4. Shruti Chandra Gupta January 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Good piece of writing, Rohan. Came to your site after a long time. Think you have changed the theme of the website.

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