Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Three Word Wednesday - Empty, Highway, Ignored - 4/30/08

It was a dark, moonless, Wyoming night. He was driving US Hwy 20/26 from Casper to Riverton. It was 120 miles with virtually nothing in-between except empty highway and abundant wildlife.

He hated making this drive this late at night but the urgency could not be ignored. It was one of the loneliest stretches of highway he had ever driven. He was tired and the road stretched before him was very hypnotic.

He was glad that he was the driver and not a passenger along this route. A passenger endures the horror of seeing the glowing eyes of animals, both large and small, which line the highway and might at any time dart out into the headlight beams of an oncoming vehicle. The driver, due to his concentration, is spared from these visions. Heaps of road kill littered the roadway. The suicidal night creatures had not learned from the demise of their brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and mothers and fathers.

He considered the parallel of this to a human drug addict.

His thoughts returning to humans reminded him of the precious cargo on the seat next to him. He increased his speed and his focus.

8 comments:

dailypanic said...

Nice pics. Thanks to those carriers of "Precious cargo" I haven't needed it yet- but one day I might. - I am an Organ donor- Living and breathing but when this is no longer I'll be a cooler transport.
grim huh?

Happy 3WW!

texasblu said...

Great pics to go along with the prompt writing - organ donations are precious indeed!

paisley said...

oh excellent.. a little flash and picture word essay all rolled into one... i love a story with a twist......

Lucy said...

your stories often have surprise endings. I like that. I also love how you give us a visual to go with your interesting words. :)
(my comment won't take on 3ww)

TC said...

I liked the visual effects :) And yeah, that's some boring travel out there!

one more believer said...

wow... interesting thoughts on organ donations...

myrtle beached whale said...

One More Believer:

You must have not read my post. There are no thoughts about organ donations at all.

Anonymous said...

Excellent! Excellent!
My favorite this month I loved the flow of the story with the pictures and the ending was a wonderful surprise.
One of your best.
Miss Rose