Late To The Party

Khaliyah W

1000

I frantically rush out, all the belongings of mine spill out of my grip as I anxiously lock the door to my home. Kim will be home from school at 3 and it’s his birthday. I forgot. Not the birthday, but the planning. Reminiscing, I can hear him excitedly telling me, “I want a cake for my birthday and a birthday party, pleaseeee!” “I got it Kim!” Shooing away my brother as I was occupied with piles of homework. Time slipped away from me. Today I’m trying to gain that time back on three hours of sleep. I gather my belongings from gravity and walk myself to the car. I throw in my things later finding myself acquiring the driver’s seat. I rotate the key in the ignition and set the vehicle in reverse. With my eyes glued on Kim’s checklist in my right hand and the steering wheel in my left, I quickly exit out of my driveway. Only after noticing the sound of a pedestrian screaming, I become alert and slam the breaks. I look in my rearview and the pedestrian is not hurt, thank god. Although, he did seem disgusted with me. I didn’t have time to worry about that, I was in route to pick up Kim’s birthday cake and time was not on my side. I forgot to put on my seatbelt along the way, but the store was just down the street, it would be quick. I sped down the street hurriedly, making close calls with stoplights and running stop signs where I deemed it to be safe. This was partly because I was in a hurry, partly because I was exhausted. My eyes were heavy and wet from the frequent, ongoing yawns. The destination was only a few blocks down from the right of the approaching stop sign. The dimly lit numbers on the digital clock read 2:38 PM. It was a race against the clock and I refused to be anything but first. I couldn’t disappoint Kim, so I intended to run the upcoming stop sign. The street was usually sound and I knew no vehicles would come from it. At least I thought no vehicles would come from it. They shouldn’t have come from it. I, I thought they didn’t, I thought I looked both ways, didn’t I? I opened my eyes to find myself pressed against a broken windshield and blood leaking from the right of my forehead. My body began to shake furiously, I was in a state of shock, I was dazed. My car was overturned and I landed on my right arm which is now injured. I spent months in the hospital to recover from my injuries and had to attend therapy after I was discharged. I discovered my vehicle had sped onto oncoming traffic causing a collision of three cars only moments after hitting a 15-year-old pedestrian in the crosswalk. Kim never got his birthday party. He waited at home for extensive hours only to discover his big sister hospitalized and his big day ruined. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by anything while driving whether it’s a phone or a note. Put everything out of sight while driving! You should always wear your seatbelt, no matter how far or near the destination appears. Drowsy driving is not safe driving to any extent, get an adequate amount of sleep before handling a vehicle. Speeding is in no way safe driving and is very dangerous to everyone on the road! You should allow yourself more than enough time to get to your destination and never speed! Please drive safely, you could lose your life or cause someone to lose theirs.


Description

In the story, we follow the protagonist, Leena, on her dangerous journey. She was responsible for planning her little brother’s birthday party, but she forgot as her schoolwork held her attention for majority of the week. In attempts to not disappoint her brother, she is determined to decorate for the birthday party by any means necessary, even if that means driving recklessly. Her reckless driving causes her to collide with two other vehicles and injure a pedestrian. Throughout the story, there are multiple red flags as to what Leena should have or should not have done to drive safely. These red flags are more explicitly stated at the end of the story as it shows what future Leena has learned from her experience and wishes to pass on to all teens. The short story exemplifies some possible consequences of reckless driving and the magnitude of these events.