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Topic: Write CONTEMPORARY FICTION (10/30/14)
- TITLE: A Birthday Bike
By Larry Whittington
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It was only for a day. That’s all I was going to use it. I would get it back where it belonged before any one missed it.
Yea, that is what I told myself when I “borrowed” my friend’s bicycle. He was going to be gone over the weekend so he would never miss it. I am always a careful rider and all I needed the bike for was to go over to another friend’s house for his birthday party. My bicycle had a flat tire. They do that at times; just get flat tires. My bike had had several during the past month and I had used up all the glue for putting patches over the holes.
I had already spent my allowance for the month so didn't have the $2.39 for a new tire patch kit. I would get my next month’s allowance the next day and Mom said I could go with her then and we would stop at the hardware store and I could buy the tire patching kit with some of my money.
My friend, Steve, who owns the bicycle lives just next door and he always keeps good care of his bike. He always puts it away in the shed in back of their house. It is out of sight of anyone walking on the street that might want to take someone’s bicycle. This was his birthday present he got last month for his 12th birthday. He really liked how it rides and the good brakes it has. It is his favorite color: blue with streaks of white which look like lightning. The one thing he especially liked was the chrome fenders on the front and the back of it. He says it keeps him dry when he rides through puddles of water. I am thankful it had such good fenders because it just might rain and I didn't want to get my new jeans wet while going to the party.
Mom had just finished helping me get Gary’s birthday present wrapped so I was ready to go. I was all excited as I waved goodbye to Mom as I went out the front door. As I slipped out the door I told myself again, it was only going to be for a day that I would be using it and I proceeded to go to Steve’s shed in the back of his house to get his bicycle.
Steve’s bike was a little larger than the one I was used to riding so it took me about two blocks to really get the feel of it. I also liked the way it rode. After about the fourth block I was just whizzing along. I felt comfortable riding Steve’s bike. Soon I would be at the party.
As I neared Gary’s house I became more excited and was not as careful with his birthday present as I had been. It was when I pulled full speed into his yard that I hit a bump which caused me to drop the present. It fell right into the spokes of the front wheel. I hadn’t stopped yet as I was not that familiar with the breaks on Steve’s bike and as the wheels were still turning the present got shoved up under the chrome fender. The present was smashed to pieces but I was really horrified to see what had happened to the fender. It was really bent. At that moment I was just hoping I would be able to ride it back home and get it back to Steve’s shed.
Now what would I say?
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