Suddenly, it all went quiet
There was no music. No talking. No singing. No laughing. No breathing.
Just terror and urgent red lights, smeared with rain.
I gripped the steering wheel and pressed the brakes as hard as I dared.
We’re not going to stop.
I braked again, this time looking in the rear view mirror at the massive four wheel drive car bearing down on us.
He’s not going to stop.
Also, behind me, my babies sleeping silently, peacefully.
At least they won’t know anything about it.
Stop. Please stop.
We all stop.
We stop on the wet motorway.
My children are okay.
We all start moving again. Wheels turning on the tarmac. Engines growling.
We unbunch. I unravel.
I cry all the way home. I wipe away my tears in time with the windscreen wipers.
This is another piece written for my creative writing group. We were trying to think of a writing prompt for homework. No one spoke for a few moments, then someone joked 'suddenly it all went quiet'. We decided this was as good a writing prompt as we were going to come up with.
The next day the Calicos had a fairly long trip on the motorway and this is what happened.
Please be careful on the roads, especially at this time of year x