was indeed a beautiful evening. I sat at my window dreamily, gazing
at the beautiful sky. I could see some of my friends playing basketball
and tennis and some roller bladding. "Hmmm...how I wish I could
join them," I told myself. Slowly, I pushed my wheelchair away
from the opened window. I tried to read my favorite comic but I just
could not concentrate. My mind kept going back to the time that event
happened. The incident that made me paralyzed for the rest of my life.
though it happened almost two years ago, the incident still lingers
in my mind. It was late Wednesday evening. It was indeed a beautiful
evening. The air was cool and the sky was blue. Suzie and I seldom
went cycling on weekdays. But since it was a nice day, we decided
to talk and joke together. We really enjoyed ourselves that we did
not realized it was getting late. Suddenly, Suzie stopped her bike
and then turned to me. "Hey Erin, it's 6.30 pm already. I think
we had better hurry back now or else our parents will be worried.,"
said Suzie seriously.
"I agree with you," I replied as I turned my bike towards
the direction of our houses.
"Erin, since we already late, why don't we race back? See who
rides the fastest!" Suzie said with a daring expression.
"Oh come on Suzie
its dangerous to race at this time of
the day. By the way, my bike does not have any lights", I answered
Suzie. Suzie looked at me surprised. I knew she was startled to
hear my answer. I was called "The Dare Devil" among my
friends because I like to do dangerous thing that others did not
like to do.
"Are you chicken?", Suzie asked with the expression. "Don't
tell me you dare or not".
I was silent for some moments. Something within my heart told me
not to do so. Every time I had this feeling something bad would
happen. Suzie was still looking at me, waiting for my response.
"Erin is chicken! Erin is chicken! Chicken! Chicken!
Suzie teased me as she flapped her arms just like a chicken. Her
action aroused my anger. I clenched my fist to control my anger,
even though I remained silent. " I must take this challenge.
If not, I'll lose my pride, I am the Dare Devil, not a chicken,"
"Okay, Suzie. I'll take this challenge. Whoever loses this
race must be fined," I suggested as I held up my hands. Suzie
just nodded her head and shook my hand. Then, we both mounted our
bikes and got ready.
this while, I did daring things like this, I never felt scared.
I was usually proud because I was brave enough to do dangerous things.
But this time, it was totally different. I could feel my heart pounding
fiercely on my chest. My hair was wet with sweat. "Ready Erin?
At the count of three, we'll start" , I heard Suzie said.
!!" I started padding my bike as fast as
I could. Although it was dark, I could see the street dimly with
the help of the streets light. It was almost half way to our house
and I knew I was leading. I glanced back and saw Suzie gasping behind
me trying to catch up.
slowed down and waited for Suzie to catch up. When Suzie managed
to catch up with me, I started to speed again. I was cycling so
fast that I did not see a black dog lying on the pavement in front
of me. But when I realized it was there, I tried to brake. Nevertheless,
my brakes suddenly jammed. In order to avoid the dog, I swerved
my bike towards the road. At the very moment, there was a very oncoming
car in front of me. "Erin, LOOK OUT!!!" I heard Suzie
shouted to me. Then, BANGGG!!! I fell unconscious on the ground.
I awoke, I realized that I was at the hospital. My mummy, daddy
and all other family members were there. I could feel the bandage
on my head and my arms were in great pain. Mummy sat besides me
holding my hands. "Mum, what happened?" I asked her in
a weak voice.
"You were involved in an accident Erin. Luckily you are safe."
Mummy said to me. Then I remembered that evening and the rest of
"Luckily I am safe", I thought. Suddenly, I realized something
was wrong, something that I could feel. I was just numbness and
tried to move my legs and toes but I could not feel a thing. With
all my strength, I tried to sit up in bed. Mummy and daddy helped
me up so I was comfortable. I looked at both of them. There was
a sad expression on their faces. I did not want to wait for their
explanation. I pulled the blanket that covered my legs but could
not feel a thing. Tears rolled down on my cheeks as I punched and
hit my legs.
came forward to hug me and stop me. I let myself burst out crying.
"Daddy, what happened to me? Tell me daddy!", I sobbed.
Daddy hugged me tightly and said, "Erin, I know it's hard for
you to accept it, but you have to accept what has happened".
Daddy took my hands and looked straight into my eyes. "You
were hit by an oncoming car and flung into the air. Luckily, you
landed on a soft ground. But unfortunately
you injured your
"Daddy's voice trailed off.
I said again with the tears streaming out. I shout hysterically
as all the people in the hospital could hear me. My parents could
only hugged me and asked me to calm down. Since then, I have to
use a wheelchair to move around. Doctors advised me to go for physiotherapy
but unfortunately all attempts failed to cure my legs.
has been nearly two year I have been on this wheelchair. I really
regret what I have done. There is no chance of turning back the
clock and undoing what I have done. Now, I just have to live my
whole life on the wheelchair. To friends out there, remember- do
not ever do things that can ruin your life.