In Summary
  • I instinctively swerved to not only give him space but also save myself the agony of being rear-ended by an unlicensed driver.
  • He missed me by a whisker, but the ‘pwaaaah!’ that followed was testament he had ended up in a wall.
  • My car did not sustain injuries, just a bit of shock.
  • I quickly glanced over to see whether the driver was hurt and needed first aid. He was coming out of the car, a blank look on his face.

I was easing the car into my parking slot yesterday when a young man in a white sedan zoomed dangerously past my left rear light.

One look at him and it was evident he was a high school kid home for mid-term.

I instinctively swerved to not only give him space but also save myself the agony of being rear-ended by an unlicensed driver.

He missed me by a whisker, but the ‘pwaaaah!’ that followed was testament he had ended up in a wall.

My car did not sustain injuries, just a bit of shock. I quickly glanced over to see whether the driver was hurt and needed first aid. He was coming out of the car, a plain look on his face.

It was difficult to tell whether he was shocked, apologetic, resigned, or just there.

With help from one of the security guards, we frog-marched the young man to his dad, holding him by the collar. He struggled to remain behind, like a goat being dragged to an abattoir, you wouldn’t have believed that was his home we were taking him.

The guard pressed the doorbell, and to the door walked a man in his 50s rubbing his eyes with his palm. He was in a full suit complete with a black tie, only the shoes sat at the entrance.

I guessed that he must have gotten back home from a day of building the nation, tossed the keys on the table and collapsed on the couch from exhaustion.

That was the loophole the young man needed to sneak out of the house and take his dad’s machine for a tour of the estate.

“Hello Sir,” I started. Even with a long yawn escaping him, his response was warm.

“So, there has been an incident,” I continued. His eyes lit up, you could tell all the sleep had vanished.

“Your son just drove into a wall.”

“Drove into a wall with which car?”

“Yours.”

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