Where to now?

He took a sharp turn to the right and I looked at him quizzically. “Where are you going?” A sly smile stretched across his handsome face, “I’m showing you a new road.” He said with a bit of sarcastic tone. I couldn’t really blame him though as I had only just boasted about knowing all of the two roads in town by heart already.

He was bombing up a little hill and I somehow knew that if the moon were out tonight I would be seeing a grand view of the dark water and Mountain Island in the distance once we reached the top.

As we started coming down the other side I peered out into the darkness as he described where this road went.  He was slowing down and was making a u turn to head back to town but his hand slipped on the gear shift and then I felt the tires hit the gravel of the shoulder.  I turned my head to the right and closed my eyes, awaiting the abrupt jolt of the car when he hit the brake or when the tire logged itself securely over the lip of the ditch.

Then I waited for us to hit a tree as I felt the back end of the car tip down, pulling us backward and down.

I opened my eyes briefly when the moment of impact had passed and nothing had happened.

I saw the stars in the sky through the windshield; they weren’t bright and shining. They were dim little dots against a black sky and the angle of the car now made it like I was lying on my back looking up at the quiet night.

I closed my eyes again waiting for the big crash I was sure was coming now. Maybe there were rocks we would hit? I didn’t know this road so had no idea but I worried briefly about my back that was still aching from the muscle I’d twisted in it the day before. I tried to tell myself to relax so the final hit wouldn’t do much more damage.

I heard a ragged, scared breath from the driver’s seat.

There were no words or screaming but I knew then that we wouldn’t be hitting the ditch, or a tree or even a mighty outcropping of rocks. We would fall into the sea and that would be it.

I opened my eyes once more to the sky.

And then I went away.


Note to self

No one’s going to make you do it.

You have to want it for you and you will have to push yourself when you don’t feel like it.

I promise that it will be worth it and in the end you will be better for it.

So make a plan, but don’t over think it. Don’t get lost in your head and never take a step.

Listen to your dreams and use them to figure it all out. Then in the morning, get up and move forward.

On the days you lose, don’t lose heart. They will teach you something too. Just keep trying.

You can do it. I believe in you.

I’m a Dragon


Thank you Jean for the nomination 🙂 It pleases me to no end that you thought of me.

Jean’s Writing is a great read full of info and tips. Follow her.

Personally, I love these WordPress awards because it really creates a sense of community for me. I feel connected with the blogger who nominated me and with my own nominee’s. Whether we communicate privately or not is irrelevant.  You read my stuff and I read your stuff and we all learn something new, get inspired or speak our minds.

This award, in particular, is given to those who have commented and/or followed a blog.  So, once again thank you!

Here Are The Rules For This Award:

 * Display the award certificate on your website.
*  Announce your win with a post, and link to whomever presented your award.
* Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
* Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post.
* Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
First, 7 interesting things about myself:
  • – I can make awesome shooters. Candy Canes and Brain Hemorrhages are my favorites to make…not drink. Word of advice…do not accept a Brain Hemorrhage from anyone who wants to buy it for you but won’t order it themselves. They’ve obviously tried it before. It does look super cool though and can be considered a badge of honour. lol
  • – I do impromptu lip sync performances at the drop of the hat at work or with my friends. If there are no words, then ballet-ish contempory is what you will get. Possibly some mock symphony conducting.
  • – I have punched my mother in the face.
  • – Don’t worry, it was by accident when we were in Karate class 🙂 Point four is I took Karate and Kickboxing.
  • – I try to save the spiders that keep making a web on my car’s side mirror.  I will slow down to a stop on my street if it looks like it’s a smart one trying to crawl back into the mirror for safety. I probably wait longer than should.
  • – I do not own a cell phone.
  • – I have 5 years left to learn how to fly and sail if I want to keep to my schedule.
Now here are my nominees, in no particular order but chosen for the comments, the likes and how much I enjoy their posts 🙂
  1. AimerBoyz
  2. Babbitman
  3. Kore Desires
  4. Cow Pasture Chronicles
  5. Berrydutchess
  6. Charles Yallowitz (Legends of Windemere)
  7. The Gad about Town
  8. NinjaApproved
  9. Shouts from the Abyss
  10. My Two Sentences
  11. Storytime with John
  12. Hocuspocus13
  13. Conrad (The Wine Wankers)
  14. The Way of the Wytch
  15. My Mom – She might not be on WordPress but she follows and comments and I love her.

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