The Rush Of Highway Traffic Noise

2042 Words Aug 19th, 2015 9 Pages
Today – morning, sometime

Somewhere, far away, a car alarm is going off. The Weee-eee weee-eeee makes my skull flash bright hot white as a cool breeze brushes over me. A groan passes from my lips. On my side, I curl into a fetal position, willing the sound away. I 'm about ready to slam my fist down on my alarm clock when I realize I 'm not in my bed. A metal surface of rivulets crunch beneath me.

Rolling over onto my back, I open my eyes, staring up at the sky.

The sky.

Not a white crack-lined ceiling. The gustery bleary sky of a Tulsa December. Stunned, I sit up, fast, and the blood rushes to my face. Moaning, I cover my face and then look up again. I 'm in the bed of an unfamiliar pick-up truck, parked in the middle of a field of dead grass and wheat. A grove of trees line the perimeter of the field, the rush of highway traffic sounds off in the distance. "Oh god." I press a hand to my head. Look again.

"Oh god." My shoes are gone. Brown – what used to be white – socks stare back at me. I wriggle my toes, making the scenario even more real. There 's a yellow notepad on my right side, a pen on my left. A bag of skittles and five poker chips near my waist. Birds caw in the distance.

I think back to last night, my mind racing to recall. I was at the house…borrowed the truck…. That 's about as far as I get as my heart sinks. "Oh, glory…" My voice is loud in the still morning air, the noise making my head hurt again. The truck. More importantly, Darry 's truck.

Hands…
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