Music to Madness

Kari L

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No homework, no job, no practice, no responsibilities. She’s happier than ever driving home from school. So when a sad song comes on, she quickly tries to change the playlist. After all, she’s just not feeling it. She needs a fast song, fast like the way she’s driving. She needs a song with different lyrics, different beats, different like the colors on the stoplights…the stoplights that she’s not looking at. Finally, she finds the song that hits the green light in her head for what she wants to hear. But outside her head, outside her playlist, it’s not a green light. Suddenly, she doesn’t hear the beat of the song, but the beat of her car against another. She’s no longer feeling the song, but instead the pain rushing through her body. There is no longer a song. But she wakes up, eyes squinting as the bright lights come into focus. She is in a hospital and the only thing song she hears is the nurse telling her the consequences of her actions. “Both legs broken, severe concussion, unlikely to recover fully” And suddenly, that sad song she didn’t want to hear in the car has not only ruined her life, but has become her life. Pick your playlist before you drive. Deal with a song you don’t like. After all, you’d like a bad song better than a devastating accident.