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Words


By Michael A. Williams


Copyright 2018 Michael A. Williams


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I


Imagine


Arthur was driving home in his white SUV when he was struck by another vehicle. He looked around, but he couldn’t see well because his cracked glasses hung around his neck. The pain in his jaw held his tongue and the seatbelt hugged him tight. He couldn’t move.

The car behind his stopped at the crosswalk and two teenagers exited to help. They rushed to unbuckle him, but the belt had locked and it wouldn’t budge. They looked at each other. Then, the one with the red cap pulled out a folding knife from his pocket and cut the belt. Arthur was freed.

“Are you okay?” asked the teenager with the red cap.

There was no response. Arthur put his glasses back on even though he was still dazed. His ears rang and the loud woman talking with 911 made it worse. The smell of smoke and fumes from his vehicle was in his nose, while the annoying sound of horns and pedestrians talking clogged his ears. He heard their whispers and cried when he saw the green sedan flipped on its top.

“No!” he said.

Arthur struggled to his feet and took a step forward, but the woman on the phone stepped in front of him.

“Sir, you shouldn’t move,” she said.

Arthur looked at her eyes and placed his hand on his left side. There was a pain there that made him cringe. It took him to one knee, but he was able to stand again.

“My wife was driving that other car!”

The teenagers were on hands and knees looking into the flipped vehicle when the red cap teen shook his head and exhaled.

“Move, please,” Arthur said.

He stormed around the woman and lost his balance. His hands scraped the warm asphalt and now he was face down in the street. He almost choked when he saw his pregnant wife hanging upside down, motionless in the car.

“Help!” he screamed.

His knees slid across the ground as he crawled toward her.

“Delia, look at me.”

Arthur continued his crawl until he was near the shattered window. Delia’s neck had an incision from the seat belt and droplets of blood leaked off the strands of her hair. He stretched his arms to their limit to free his wife, but his reach fell short of the buckle.

“Please.”

“I hear them,” the woman said.

It was the sound of horns from the fire truck and the sirens from the ambulance. The vehicles were heard from the West end of town as Arthur’s tears glossed his eyes, transfixed at the sight of his wife. Then, he saw her belly and cried. She was thirty-eight weeks and they were expecting their first child.

“I can’t lose you,” he said.

Arthur ignored the sounds of emergency vehicles. He forced himself to his feet and yanked the car door a couple times. It didn’t budge. Sweat drove into his eyes as his muscles ripped with each pull. He screamed, but he couldn’t stop. He had to save his wife and child.


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