Backtrack

John D

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Play: White lines. Yellow lines. White signs. Yellow signs. Red light. Green light. Yellow light. No light. My car. Their car. The other car. The other car. The other car. The other car. My eyes on road. My eyes on phone. My eyes on road. My eyes on phone. My eyes on phone. My eyes on road. My eyes on phone. My eyes on phone. My eyes on phone. My eyes closed. Rewind: I am getting in my car. I am turning the car engine on. I am turning on the radio. I place my phone in the cupholder. I start driving to my friend’s house, taking Highway 287. I am driving the speed limit, the usual safe speed that I drive. I feel bored. I remember that I forgot to do my morning Snapchat streaks. I do not want to lose them. I take out my phone. I enter the passcode. I drive a 1996 Volkswagen but pretend it is a Lexus. I want to show my friends that I am cool. I take a picture of the wheel. I accidentally swerve a little. I do not realize the speed limit changed. I look up occasionally. I do not realize there are other cars around me. I look up occasionally. I do not realize there is a car in front of me. I do not look up. Replay: I am getting in my car. I am turning the car engine on. I am turning on the radio. I place my phone in the cupholder. I start driving to my friend’s house, taking Highway 287. I am driving the speed limit, the usual safe speed that I drive. I feel bored. I remember that I forgot to do my morning Snapchat streaks. I do not want to lose them. I would rather lose them than end my life or someone else’s life. I continue to focus on driving. I realize the speed limit changed. I slow down. I keep looking at the road. I notice the other cars around me. I notice the car in front of me. I make the turn onto Niwot road. I pull into my friend’s driveway and smile.


Description

Backtrack: This creative writing piece takes the narrative of a distracted driver that is able to alter their decisions in favor of putting the phone down and saving lives.