The idea is to tell a short, short (500 words or less) story based on the week’s theme. To provide us inspiration, each theme will be the title of a TV show. This week’s theme is from “Speed Racer,” which ran as a television series in the United States from 1967-1968. Speed Race was originally a Japanese manga-anime production named Mach Go Go Go. If you wish to join Tales on Tuesday, please visit Nessa for the list of upcoming themes, and remember, your story does not have to relate to the series.
A daring boy of sixteen years,
Still untouched by worldly fears
Went out to chase his cares away
In the early dawning day.
His car raced through the streets of town,
But the boy did not slow down.
One so young had not to fear
He would live through many a year.
Lady luck would be his guide
On his wild and daring ride.
But when the ride came to an end
This message I was told to send
This message without any joy
To the parents of the boy.
He didn’t see the light turn red.
I’m sorry, but your son is dead.
Charlene L. Amsden, 1975
I wrote this poem at 2 a.m. one morning when wakened from my sleep by a horrible crash. Not too far from our house the country road crossed the highway and somehow I knew the crash was fatal and that someone had died there. Despite the words of the poem, I did not know who.
The next morning in school, seconds after stepping off the school bus, I learned that one of the most popular boys in our class had taken his mother’s car joy riding and suffered a fatal accident. He died less than a mile from my home. Now, 35 years later, I remember only that his name was Jim, and the horrible crushing reality that death doesn’t care how promising your future looks.