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Road Rage!

Updated on December 10, 2016
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Dean Traylor is a freelance writer and teacher. He wrote for IHPVA magazines and raced these vehicles with his father (who builds them).

 Picture taken from www.rhszebras24.wikispaces.com "Something came over Roland right before my eyes."
Picture taken from www.rhszebras24.wikispaces.com "Something came over Roland right before my eyes."

Something came over Roland right before my eyes. The vein in his neck tightened, his eyes brimmed with violence and his knuckles turned white hot as he squeezed the steering wheel as if to squeeze out any semblance of life in it.

“That...that...that,” he sputtered from his pursed lips.

I sat in the passenger seat, flabbergasted, watching this mild-mannered kid turn into the devil himself. For the first time since getting into his car I felt scared. Real scared.

He stomped on the pedal, blasting his rusty Nova down the lane, precariously cutting off drivers on the highway. He was a man on mission, but I had no clue what that mission was.

“Dude, what’s up?” I sheepishly asked after gathering my nerves.

He muttered his first coherent statement: “I can’t believe it!”

Can’t believe what? I wondered. It didn’t take long to get the answer.

"Where’s that car?” He roared over the revved up engine.

His head shot to the left and right like a fan watching a hyperactive tennis match. Then, he stopped and beamed a glare that could have peeled last remaining paint from his car. An evil glee came over him.

I shuddered when I saw him in this state. I began to wonder if there was a way out. But, I knew I was hoping beyond all hope that this was going to well, soon. Roland was a possessed by something evil and I was trapped.

We came up to a pink sedan going down a steady lane.

“Roll down the window,” he hissed to me.

Shock was written deep into the creases of her aged skin. She nearly lost control of her car.

“You think that’s funny?” Roland screamed. “I’ll give you something funny!”

"she cranked her wheel to the right and slammed on the brakes. It was of no use; she careened off the road and into a small ditch."
"she cranked her wheel to the right and slammed on the brakes. It was of no use; she careened off the road and into a small ditch." | Source

I wasn’t going to argue. That devil's glint was enough to halt any protest I may have had. I did what he asked.

He leaned over toward the open window and sprayed a volley of incomprehensible insults at the driver of the sedan: an old lady with frizzed white hair, hiding behind large, plastic-framed eye glasses.

Shock was written deep into the creases of her aged skin. She nearly lost control of her car.

“You think that’s funny?” Roland screamed. “I’ll give you something funny!”

Suddenly, Roland veered his car toward the lady’s. In the quickest move this lady had done in years, she cranked her wheel to the right and slammed on the brakes. It was of no use; she careened off the road and into a small ditch.

All the while, Roland returned his gaze – and composure – to the open road ahead of us. He acted as if nothing had happened.

Dumbfounded I had to ask: “What was that all about?”

“Oh,” he said in his typical serene and soft voice, “She didn’t use her turn-signal when she got in my lane.”

My jaw dropped even further than before. I realized at that moment that this was going to be my last trip with Roland.

“Oh,” he said in his typical serene and soft voice, “She didn’t use her turn-signal when she got in my lane.”
“Oh,” he said in his typical serene and soft voice, “She didn’t use her turn-signal when she got in my lane.” | Source

© 2016 Dean Traylor

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      Carrie Lee Night 

      5 months ago from Northeast United States

      Great flash fiction. Scary to think all the character did was not used her signal. Thank you for sharing

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      Lela 

      2 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      This is a growing problem on the roads today. It's becoming so "normal", that it is relegated to blips in the news, even when people are run off the road.

      And it's going to get worse, not better.

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      Madan 

      2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      Nice story, yes road rage can be terrible

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      Daniel Grant 

      2 years ago from Port Washington, NY

      I'd liked the way you show this irrational behavior.

      Not riding along with this maniac it's the next best thing to do. It could be your life this demented is risking too.

      Liked your story and shared. Thank you for your writing.

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