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26th February
posted by amber

Sports Car

Last night I dreamed I was driving a sports car. It was red, convertible and it had that new car smell. It seemed so real. I even knew how much it had cost and how many years I’d had to save to afford it.

When I woke, I felt bereft. I knew what was parked in the garage – the same old Ford sedan I’ve been driving for the past 12 years. Faded green with too much rust. The upholstery ripped from the time I took Rusty to the vet after he tangled with the Doberman from up the street. The windshield pitted but not quite badly enough to justify replacing it.

In my dream, I felt fantastic, my back didn’t hurt, my legs didn’t ache. A woman was in the passenger seat – she reminded me of my ex-wife when I first met her. The empty pillow next to me this morning mocked me as it hasn’t done for years.

Sandy and I never drove anywhere together in a sports car, but we always wanted to. On our honeymoon in Vegas, I tried to rent one, but it cost too much so we settled for an SUV. We drove out into the desert and explored some sketchy back roads, but I would rather have been cruising with the top down on some winding mountain road, like in the car ads.

There was champagne in the dream. I remembered it when I was drinking my breakfast protein shake. Champagne in a silver ice bucket between the seats, fluted crystal glasses on the dash. Young Sandy had been asking me if she should pop the cork – just before I woke up.

God, I wish I could go back to sleep and finish that dream.

The Story 365 project is a year-long marathon of short story writing, with a new story for every day of the year and posted on this website from May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012. Stories must be a minimum of 200 words. Please help me by adding first line or topic suggestions in the Comment section of any story. If you’d like me to use your name in a story, I’d be happy to do that.

Thank you to Norma Anne Power for suggesting this first line.

1 Comment

  1. 26/02/2012

    Wow, I loved that too! How lovely to be able to engage in a story that is so manageable. With life so busy and always trying to fit in, it it so great to be able to escape for that few minutes and read a story like you wrote and you are writing. I think I will try to treat myself each evening to your story – and today our story. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us and making us go beyond ourselves and giving us an escape from life to have fun and be with someone/others outside our day to day life. It is really refreshing. Keep up the awesome writing and again thank you for sharing it with us. Norma Anne

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