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The Wheel Stops Spinning

by Andrew Atkinson
Originally published by on 11/10/2017

He lies in a ditch, partly under a bicycle with its rear wheel buckled beyond repair and its light extinguished by the crunch of metal. A puddle of blood and other liquids spreads under him and, as with the blood, his life ebbs slowly away. Eerily, there is now no sound – from him or the roadway. One eye is open, but is unseeing.

As for the car driver, she speeds away into darkness. She can run but she cannot hide, her memory damned forever by images of the consequences of drunken thoughtlessness. Her life, too, is as good as over.

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