Stoping for Red Lights Essay

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I gripped the steering wheel of my aging Jeep Wrangler tighter, my knuckles turned a ghostly white. Another car pulled up behind me and the driver mercilessly slammed on the horn attempting to coerce me to move forward. He then rolled down his window and stuck his head out of his window and brutally screamed, "Are you blind? The light is green for Christ's sake!"
I hesitated, but then the taunting red light flashed into my eyes and I felt my foot hit the floor of the car. As I sped away through the red light I glanced in the rearview mirror to see the driver’s face in the car behind me twist into utter disbelief as he and his car remained stationary.
Once again, nothing happened. I didn’t get hit. I run red lights all the time and
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This would be my last red light for the night. With my increasing speed the towering street lights blurred into one constant beam. The world around me seemed to melt away along with my hesitations and fears of running the next light. I was invincible.
The last thing I remember is the haunting sound of tires screeching on the pavement. Whether it was mine or the other vehicle’s I’m not sure.
I woke up in the hospital a few days later, and the first thing my eyes fell on was my father asleep in a chair positioned next to my hospital bed. Even though he was asleep he was gripping my hand incredibly tight as if my body was the Holy Grail, and he was chosen to protect it. I squeezed his hand back and he jolted awake. He had an inviting smile on his face but his eyes were so broken and lost. He leaned in closer and caressed my face with his rough hands that had never felt so soft.
His voice cracked as he whispered, "You can't do this to me. You can't do this to your mother. I love you. I need you."
My eyes were watering and the tears began spilling down my face. I squeezed his hand once more and barely got out an "I love you too" before my eyes closed and I fell into another deep sleep.
When I woke up for the second time my father was gone, but I didn't doubt that he was still in the hospital. I glanced at the puny analog clock next to me and read that it was about noon

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