Hey everybody, it’s your captain Viggy here. Just continuing my aforementioned introduction and conclusion sections I’ll be adding on all my pieces now. Full disclosure, this week’s flash fiction was a prompt listed online but I found it too interesting not to write about. This segment is all about fiction told in a thousand words or less. It’s designed for the everyday person, who might not have the time to read a full novel, but still want’s to digest a story regularly. So this week I present to you, “Escaping from your car you’ve crashed into a lake.”
“Ughhh my head.” I found myself slumped forward my forehead resting against the steering wheel.
“What the hell happened?” I ran through the series of events in my head. I was coming home from work, I had stopped to pick up groceries, on the way back there was a dog in the road.
“Oh my god!” I shot my head up from the steering wheel sending a stabbing pain through my skull. I had swerved to avoid the dog and now…
My headlights still flickered in the murk of the water. I craned my head to the side trying to look up towards the surface.
“Maybe thirty feet of water… How long have I been down here?” It couldn’t have been long, the water was only just now beginning to creep up to my ankles.
If I remembered my life lessons correctly, I’d need to wait until the car filled almost entirely with water before trying to open the door.
“Deep breathes,” I told myself, as I reached down and unbuckled my seatbelt. I cleared my head as much as I could, feeling the water begin to climb towards my knees.
A shiver ran up my spine as the water flood onto the seat, the cold water beginning to submerge my lower half. “Not much longer now,” I tried to rationalize to myself.
I closed my eyes pushing the chilling feeling of the water sliding over my waste out of my mind. I focused instead on the dog wandering happily along the road. At least the little guy would be enjoying himself somewhere far away by now.
A cracking noise forced my eyes opened as I watched the glass along my windshield begin to splinter. No no no, my head screamed.
I suddenly found myself praying the water would fill in faster before the glass collapsed inwards. Swimming out of the murk would be significantly harder with shards buried in my eyes. I grasped at the door handle, Now or never, I thought as I began to press my hardest against the pressure outside the door.
Shit! The door still wouldn’t budge, the pressure from outside was too great. A deadly cracking sound came from the glass as water began to trickle through. The water had yet to reach my chest yet, but I couldn’t wait any longer.
Thinking quickly I grabbed my briefcase which floated in the back seat and held it in front of my face. I continued to take slow even breathes waiting to hear the sound of the glass breaking. As I exhaled I heard the window shattering. Hundreds of gallons came rushing in at once, smacking my briefcase against my face. I took a deep breath just before the water filled my mouth.
Finally equalized I pushed once more onto the door. It opened without complaint leaving me free to swim to the surface. I swam hard, reaching for the surface as I came closer and closer. My head pounded in my ears as I came towards the top.
I burst through the surface of the water, coughing for air as I broke free. I paddled my way tiredly to the shore some twenty feet away and dragged myself out of the water.
As I stepped onto the road the same dog came rushing up to me, now followed by a concerned looking man. “What the hell happened? This dog came running up barking like crazy.”
I wiped the water from my face and flicked my wrist towards the ground. “Nothing insurance won’t handle. Thanks for finding my dog.”
I patted the dog on his furry head, his tail wagging as he looked up at me.
There’s no way I’m not taking this dog home with me.
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