The second week of my Coursera creative writing class opened up today, and the topic is structure as it relates to plot. The lesson was focused on a five act structure that is labeled as ABDCE (Action, Background, Development, Climax, Ending). Those of you that know this already, I apologize. I’m just laying a little background down. So, the assignment was to write a 100-200 word short story about a trip to the doctor or dentist. This is my entry. It clocks in a little long (277 words), but it is based on a real experience of mine. It feels very…basic to me. But, I must learn to walk before I can run, right?
So, without further ado, here it is…
I noticed the curve ahead, and downshifted my motorcycle into 2nd gear to start decelerating into the sweeping turn. It wasn’t tight as some of the other curves I had encountered on that mountain ride on that late May afternoon in 2008, but I wanted to make sure I was safe about riding through it.
I hadn’t been a motorcycle rider for long; just a few months in fact. My wife and I took the safety class together, and after a weekend of closed course training 6 months prior, we came away with our motorcycle endorsements. This was the first real mountain ride I had been on.
I saw the other motorcycle coming from the opposite direction, and I picked my left hand up off the handlebar to give the traditional “fellow rider” wave to him. No sooner had I done that, than I felt the front wheel start to shimmy just a little bit. In a panic, I grabbed the handlebar and tried to regain control, but it was too late.
The motorcycle slid out from under me, and all I really remember from the fall was slamming my foot down on the pavement to try to stabilize the motorcycle and then tumbling across the road until I came to rest on the shoulder.
The day culminated in my first and only helicopter ride to date as I was taken down the mountain to the hospital with a visit to the ER. Fortunately, the only damage was a broken heel and an assortment of abrasions. After a few months of recuperation, I was as good as new. My motorcycle riding days were at an end, though.
There it is. I welcome your comments, critiques, etc. I know that as I get further through this series of courses, my writing will become more developed and polished. Thanks for stopping by and reading.