By the time I was even remotely close to getting home, I swear I had frostbite. There was no way I was going to get any sleep tonight. Scratch that. There was no way I would get any sleep this morning.
I started to jog a little, partly to warm up and partly to get home faster. I heard a car’s bass thumping somewhere in the background. The fallen leaves rustled in the wind. I tried not to think of anything and just disappear. This worked for a while, I didn’t notice anything around me.
I was getting close to home now, just cross this street then the next, I thought. I kept jogging. All of a sudden, halfway across the street I looked to the side and saw blinding lights and a loud noise. I can’t remember if I tried to scream. All I remember is extreme brightness, then black.
I was still thinking on my steps when I saw a speeding, swerving car drive down my street. I followed it to the corner, expecting it to keep driving somewhere. Well, it did keep driving, after it pummeled someone in the street.
At first, I didn’t believe what I saw. Then it hit me, hard. I just saw someone fly five feet from being rammed by a speeding car. I panicked.
I managed to clear my thoughts. I ran in the house screaming for someone to call 911. I think I briefly yelled at anyone who was listening and told them what I saw. I yelled the 911 part again, and then ran out the door.
I crouched by the person, I guess to see if they were still alive or not. I couldn’t tell if they were breathing. I didn’t touch them, but looked them over.
It was a girl, probably about my age. She was wearing a sweatshirt and jeans, and had her hair in a ponytail. Her light brown hair was streaked with red, which I soon realized was blood. Her face was frozen in a painful expression. I couldn’t really tell anything else about her because she was crumpled on the ground.
There was blood everywhere. She had a deep cut on her head as well as several other places. I noticed there was something different about her leg. I looked closer and saw that it was bent in grotesque, unnatural way.
I heard the ambulance sirens approaching. The smell of blood grew too intense. I puked to the side, then passed out.
I opened my eyes. I was in a hospital room. I tried to sit up, but a searing pain shot through me. I noticed I had a bandage on my head, and my leg was in a cast. There were all these wires and machines around me.
I ached all over, and my head began to throb. I didn’t really remember anything. Well, I remembered my name, Parker Street. I tried to remember other things, but my head throbbed even harder.
I noticed a gift bag with tissue paper sticking out the top. Was it for me? I seemed to be the only one in the room. Who was it from? For some reason, I had this feeling like there was no one I had to give me a gift.
The door opened and a nurse came in.
“I’m glad to see you’re finally awake,