The Nowhere Near Death Experience

beatnik miniIf a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step then I was already in trouble. My feet stuck to the pavement immediately outside the post office. A Mini careening madly towards me and I quickly remembered a solitary childhood scene. I realised that was my life flashing before me. It hadn’t amounted to much. And now I was going to die.

‘Don’t be so melodramatic!’ said the driver of the car as he screeched the vehicle to a sideways standstill next to me. Reaching out, his hand cut through the disorienting billows of black tyre smoke and snatched my newly acquired beatnik books. He gave them a cursory assessment and tossed them in a nearby bin.

‘I paid for those…’ I said.

‘Don’t read about it, live it! Get in!’

There were already ten people in the small car; it looked a hot, uncomfortable ride yet they remained cool. Would I be able to fit in? This was no time to procrastinate. A sharp engine rev indicated time to leave so, I grabbed the door handle.

If ever there was a chance to add another memory to my life story, this would be it.


This story continues from Back on the Road, where it will go next, nobody knows.


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  1. #1 by lizy on May 22, 2014 - 17:47

    I definitely want o know what happens next!

  2. #3 by elappleby on May 23, 2014 - 17:30

    Looking forward to the next episode. I loved the first one, but thought you might be losing your mind a little bit. Now it’s starting to get some kind of structure, I fear you may be perfectly sane after all – sorry.

    • #4 by mike olley on May 24, 2014 - 14:24

      Thanks, el. No need to be sorry, my mind did wander off and was found swimming in the stream of consciousness. The only thing holding this writing together is the loose punctuation. I have no idea what happens next.

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