Bump

Preamble: The following short story was written as part of the Trifecta Writing Challenge. Dan, the main character  is the protagonist in a super hero novel I’m writing called, “The Specials.” In it he develops his ability of seeing the future and together with friends takes on a criminal mastermind, €A$Y. Enjoy 🙂

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Bumper Car

Dan was rushing. If he had any chance of seeing her today he had to make the bus. “Why is the future so dark, so cold?” He wondered.

Bump

Dan was no longer moving in the right direction to catch his bus. Instead he was spinning round, drowning in a cascade of papers as he recoiled from clashing shoulders with a stranger heading in the opposite direction.

It was in many senses a lucky bump. Instantly Dan saw a whole set of different futures unfurl in his mind. Where before all he could see was darkness, this lucky bump was beginning to shine a brighter light on things. Before the bump he’d been destined to catch the 9:43 bus at the end of the road; but the bump and subsequent tidying of strewn papers from the floor meant that he was sure to miss it and so miss the impending explosion.

Of course Dan would have foreseen the explosion from his favourite seat near the back of the lower deck and would no doubt done something to stop it or at least raised the alarm and rallied innocent victims off the bus. Now, while he stood leaning against the cold metal frame of the shelter he heard the distant boom of the bus exploding into flames.

€A$Y had struck again. This time closer to Dan’s home, his family and loved ones than ever before.

The bump was lucky for him, but luck is really just a relative term.

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Image from Digiray CC by 2.0

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7 thoughts on “Bump

  1. Now that’s interesting–the thought of the exploding bus and what he failed to do to stop it didn’t seem to faze him. Is it simply the 333-word limit, the bump that prevented him from doing what was right, or is he a reluctant hero? Either way, this is a very cool piece. I hope your novel works out!

    • I hadn’t really thought about the ‘unfazed’ element. I don’t think I’m close to 333 so I could have added a little more.

      He didn’t realise that the darkness he saw before was the exploding bus and in the story he’s really learning how to interpret his ability so doesn’t really understand.

      I think exploring the lack of angst about the situation would help (in the fuller story).

      Thanks Draug.

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