A Harsh Lesson

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Frank Brumfield
May 12th 2012
Composition 1
ENC1101-12
A Harsh Lesson
Over the sound of my head throbbing a monotone techno song steadily gets louder. The song itself annoyed me, so I reached over to turn off my car stereo. After the song stopped I slowly opened my eyes, fighting against the pain of the headache. As my vision slowly came back into focus I noticed that I wasn’t sitting horizontally, as you would normally sit in a vehicle. Instead I was hanging vertically still strapped into the car seat by the seatbelt. The windshield was almost completely destroyed. It was only being held together by the layer in the glass that kept it from shattering. I looked towards the passenger seat, which was down from where I was. My friend James was unconscious and bleeding profusely from the side of his head that had impacted the passenger side window. My head was still ringing, but I knew that I had to wake him up so I reached towards him and started shaking him and yelling his name. His older brother, Michael, had not been knocked unconscious by the crash and he was kicking through the back windshield to get out of the car. The car only had two doors, so the only way out was through the back windshield. I managed to wake James, but he was too dazed to respond to me. Michael eventually managed to kick out the back windshield and ran around to the front of the car, which was laying on its right side. With a few strong kicks he shattered the front windshield, unbuckled James from his seatbelt, and pulled him out of the car. Since I knew that Michael would be able to take care of James I grabbed the outside of the driver’s side door, unbuckled my seatbelt, and pulled myself out of the driver’s side window. I was still dazed and dizzy and a loud ringing filled my ears. I couldn’t steady myself on the side of the car and fell off the side hitting the ground. Somehow I…...

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