Hit and Roll

Brian Hartman By Brian Hartman, 11th Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1.d2mlum/
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A trip to the bagel shop with unintended consequences.

Hit and Roll

Dave rolled down the street, headed towards the bagel shop. It was early, and the roads were virtually empty, so he decided to save himself some trouble and get a little closer to the middle of the road.

Big mistake.

As he came to a corner, he saw a blue Thunderbird stopped at a stop sign. He looked inside at the driver. She looked his way, so he figured she must've seen him. Somehow, accelerated right into him
.
Dave's chair flipped back. His Walkman went flying into the middle of the street. As all this unfolded, the woman jumped out of her car.

"Oh my God! Are you alright? I'm so sorry! I didn't see you!"

He could see the alarm on her face, borne mostly out of a sense of responsibility, mingled with fear, no doubt. He swung his legs out of the overturned chair, then put it back on all fours, and got back in.

"Don't worry about it. I'm fine."

A balding man with glasses came running up.

"Hey! Stay here. Try not to move. I called it in, and they said they'd send someone here to check you out."
By this point, Dave was thoroughly embarrassed, and slightly amused.

"Really. I'm fine. Look." He did windmills with both his arms, and rolled his head on his shoulders, demonstrating. Of course, neither of would hear it, so he waited for the ambulance, and the one cop car that he figured must've been on the way.

"I'm really sorry. Are you alright? Anything hurt?"

"I'm okay. Really. To be honest, I think you're in much worse shape than I am."

The bald man says, "Well, we'll just have them check you out."

"Okay." Turning to the driver, I say "My name's Dave Riggler."

"Erin Lubczek."

"Ron Nelson."

The woman handed Dave his Walkman, and he plugged in the headphones, which he still had around his neck. She handed him the tape and he put it in.

"S'it alright?"

Dave pressed play and breathed a sigh of relief. It's amazing how something that costs thirty-five dollars can be so indestructible. The thing played just as well as it did before he'd dropped it for the thirtieth-or-so time. Dave smiled.

"It's fine. Thanks."

Distantly, sirens whined. Three blue and white patrol cars pulled up. Three policemen came towards Dave.
One policeman seemed to hold authority in the group. The one with the clipboard. He came up to the group, while surveying the car and Dave's chair. One of the other policemen reached into his car and talked into a CB. The other just stood there, looking attentively absent.

"What happened here?"

"I was turning the corner", she gestured towards it, "and I ran into him.", gestured towards Dave.
The policeman wrote on his clipboard.

"How're you feeling? You hurt?"

Dave nodded. "I feel fine, sir." More windmills.

An ambulance pulled up.

Dave waved off the approaching EMT's. "Really, Sorry to cause such a panic. I'm fine. No problem."

The EMT's look on dutifully, anxious and eager to get to their task.

The bald man chipped in, "You should let 'em take a look at you anyway, just to be sure."

"I'm fine, really. What's the worst that could happen? I'll be in a wheelchair the rest of my life? Not really an issue here, sir." Dave smiled, but no one else thought it was funny, apparently.

"What's your name?", the policeman asked.

"Riggler, David Riggler."

"Address?"

"45 Lynch Ave, Kearny."

"Age?"

"17."

"Do you want to go in the ambulance, have them check you at Clara Maas?"

"No. Don't worry about it. I got it."

The woman insisted on giving Dave an insurance business card. Allstate. He put it in my front pouch. Memento.
The policeman gave him a paper to sign. Dave signed it, and the cop got into his car. The others did likewise.
The group disbanded, and Dave was on his way.

All this for a freakin' bagel... I'm definitely getting extra cream cheese...

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Accident, Bagel, Bakery, Handicapped, Wheelchair, Wheels

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Brian Hartman writes both fiction and non-fiction. He lives in Scotch Plains, NJ.

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author avatar Denise O
11th Dec 2010 (#)

I dont think I have posted these seven letters on wikinut as of yet but...roflmao!
Loved it!
Jerry Walch had written a article about the do's and dont of people food for dogs, not soon after my article.
It is called "Are you killing your canine best friend.", great read.
Just go to star pages. Go to the bottom until it reads next page, do that 3 more times and I think it is on the fourth page.
If you have a dog/dogs, well worth the read.
By the way, thank you for the laugh, love it!
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Brian Hartman
11th Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks, Denise! :)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Dec 2010 (#)

Hi Brian. Kind of reminds me of my step daughter. Jill Marie is in a wheelchair She has CP. The only difference is that if you don't watch out she'll run you over, especially on Christmas morning as she heads for the stacks of presents under the Christmas tree.

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author avatar Brian Hartman
11th Dec 2010 (#)

Hi, Jerry. Yeah, I did my fare share of running people over in my youth! :)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Dec 2010 (#)

Well, Brian, Jill-Marie really isn't any youth, chronologically speaking. She's 36 years old and living in a group home, but comes home for the holidays and other special occasions. Both Jill-Marie and my step son, Christopher were adopted by my wife during her first marriage. Christopher is hearing impaired and learning delayed. He will be forty in May and lives in a group home too. They both love their independence and the idea of living out on their own.

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author avatar Brian Hartman
11th Dec 2010 (#)

Jerry: I just turned 40 last November, so 36 still counts as "youth" to me. :) I'm glad to hear both your children are happy and doing well. :)

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author avatar Joanne
11th Dec 2010 (#)

Loved the story!

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author avatar Brian Hartman
11th Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks, Joanne! :)

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author avatar Dewcyber
31st Dec 2010 (#)

Enjoy reading it...
Love to see my stories published here...

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author avatar Jerry Walch
31st Dec 2010 (#)

Welcome to Wikinut Dewcyber. We'd love to see your stories and articles published here too. Start writing and submitting. We're a friendly bunch here. We like to see original work but you can even republish something here that you have already published elsewhere as long as the copyright still belongs to you. See you around Wikinut.

Happy New Year.

Jerry

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author avatar Tranquilpen
25th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Brian, I play it very safe with my wheelchair, and don't chance a roll down the nearby Interstate.

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author avatar Brian Hartman
31st Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks, Dewcyber! :)

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author avatar Dewcyber
6th Jan 2011 (#)

Jerry: I have published one short story..
Let me know how it is...
Your comments are most wellcome...

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author avatar TNT_Brian
16th Jan 2011 (#)

I really enjoyed this, thanks for sharing :)

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author avatar Brian Hartman
16th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks, Brian. :)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
25th Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks again Brian!

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author avatar Brian Hartman
25th Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks, Tranquilpen. :)

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