The Shopping Trip

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: December 05, 2016

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It was a nice day, so to speak.  It was raining, but not very hard.  I like the rain.  It’s so relaxing and it seems to wash everything away.  I was just finishing up grocery shopping, happy to be able to put food on the table.  I opened the trunk to put my groceries in amazed by all of the crap that I had accumulated in it over the years.  Fortunately, there was enough room for my load so I put the bags in and closed the trunk.  I ran to stow the cart in the cart wrangler to avoid getting wetter than I already was.  I love the rain, but the rain doesn’t love my hair.

I made my way back to the car and hopped in.  I started the car, put on my favorite playlist, and ran through my checks.  I looked behind me to make sure that there was no one or nothing there.  I hate backing out of parking spaces, because you can’t get a clear view of what is behind the cars on either side, especially when the car is taller than mine and has really dark tint. 

I noticed a car two spaces over backing up, so I waited until it passed before I began backing out of my space.  Inching slowly back, I checked behind me to make sure there weren’t going to be any surprises.  Lucky for me there weren’t.  As I finished creeping back, I could see that I was in the clear, and that I was ready to move forward and be on my way.

Just as I was beginning to straighten out the wheel I glanced out my driver’s side window.  I noticed a flash of light that I hadn’t noticed before when I was backing out.  I didn’t know what to make of it at first, it was almost blinding on the bleary day.  The light was moving closer and closer, I sat there staring, my mind was so transfixed on the glow that I couldn’t think or see anything else. 

When I realized what the light was, I could almost feel my heart stop.  My next instinct was to flee, but this instinct came a little too late as the crunching sound of metal hitting metal engulfed me.  I couldn’t move, the car as well as myself.  What I thought was going to be a nice day turned to be just the opposite.  I got out of the car to assess the damage, thankful that it was only the car that was injured and not anyone else.


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