The International Writers Magazine: A girl and her bicycle
are soon parted
A girl, a bike and a padlock...
When I got
home from work last week my bicycle was gone from its usual home. Now,
a normal person would potentially surmise that one of her neighbours
had borrowed it, or that maybe she was a little ditzy and forgot it
at the store and walked home. But not me- I am hip to this city and
my luck in it. Why you ask? This is the third bike this year that I
have had stolen from within my apartment. (Good apartment security too
while we are on the subject.)
The first time it happened, I rode a stylin bush pilot mountain
bike with lowered handles, a padded long-distance-style seat and the
flashy colour of purple as its makeup. She was an $800 model, with a
regular wire lock that was easily sawed through apparently because the
thief took no pains in getting the bike out the door and leaving me
the lock as a friendly reminder that he outsmarted me.
For me, living in a big city with no car and a strong aversion to the
city bus, (I mean, come on, all those hundreds of people in the same
air, sneezing and snotting on their hands only to grab the pole that
you touch just moments later) I was upset. Not only would I no longer
have an outlet for daily fresh air to and from work, but now I would
be subjected to illness, injury and predominantly middle-aged weirdos
on this oblong transport service. (Trust me, I have since met them all.)
My bike was my freedom. So when it got taken away, I holed myself up
in my apartment for a few days to brainstorm new plans, and all the
while wrote a note to the person who took her from me, managing to insult
his mama, his groin region, his small-man complexes, inability to communicate,
illiteracy, inferiority, lifestyle, brains, and odor all in one breath.
Then I smirked, satisfied with my revenge, and went to bed.
I guess its roller blades for me.
© Heather Neale Feb 2004
Meesha was sick,
Charlie knew it.
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