Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Entry #55

Hubris...
by Laughingwolf


i sit astride the '53 hardtail panhead chopper as it throbs thunderously 'tween my thighs, the wind whips wild hair from a fevered brow, leathers flap against bare skin

we approach 120 mph on the tar-smooth blacktop

tendrils of joy perc to the surface of my addled brain, i scream it into the ether:

'yeah, ya sumbitches!

'baddest of all badasses!

'live to ride, ride to live!

'outta mah way, muthafukkahs!

'eeeehawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!'

we catch, and leave stupefied in our wake, some dorky dude and his lame-ass family duddering along in the constricting cage of their hummer, while we ride free

my contemptuous laugh soars above the bike's roar, to add insult to their utter humiliation

fuck!

i'm da king!

without warning, the park grass rises to smack me upside the head

helmet askew, i open my eyes and spit dendritis, as blood seeps from a split lip

i see my honda elite 80 on its side, still purring softly

i limp over to retrieve my bike, and burble off... to catcalls and raucous laughter

i'd daydreamed myself into another fantasy

31 comments:

September said...

"still purring softly" - I like that. Glad that bike and man are ok.

laughingwolf said...

thank you, september :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Hey, some of those scooters go pretty fast. Not 120 maybe.

Pretty funny stuff.

Scott said...

I used to have a Suzuki 75, so the kid had me beat by 5hp! That was a nice switcheroo you pulled on us there.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Yeah, I had a Suzuki 50 which was small than the Honda 70 Trailhopper (or was it a trailblazer?).

J.C. Montgomery said...

"i'd daydreamed myself into another fantasy"

For me? Words to live by....

Great story!

BernardL said...

Energetic tale.

laughingwolf said...

thx all, greatly appreciated :)

JaneyV said...

What's life without a daydream. I love his foul-mouthed internal dialogue, really ripping up the biker fantasy. The end got me - loved it!

Great piece LW - really enjoyed it!

laughingwolf said...

i had a lotta fun with it, too... thx janey :)

iLL Man said...

Ha! You got in the moped gag that I couldn't fit into my story! Nice work. I was slightly confused by the 'Elite 80' reference (they don't sell them in the UK as far as I know), but I soon clicked.........

Excellent piece.

laughingwolf said...

thx bro... glad it became clear and you enjoyed it ;)

ChrisEldin said...

Endearing and funny!

I truly enjoyed reading this one. Very well done!

Sarah Hina said...

I loved this one. Your writing is so vibrant and realistic. I could see this guy with his string of curses and raised middle finger to the conventional world.

Maybe he'll get there someday. ;)

Brilliant job!

laughingwolf said...

thx chris and sarah, glad you enjoyed it :)

Missy said...

Dude, that was me back in the day. You totally captured it. Fun!

laughingwolf said...

lol thx missy :)

Bernita said...

Lw, this is great!
The eternal daydream - even a little girl in mommie's high heels is dreaming a form of it.
Loved the internal dialogue.
Well done!

laughingwolf said...

thank you, bernita... praise indeed :)

Vesper said...

Daydreams are good… Your words captured well the high and the low.

Excellent last line! (I do that all the time...) :-)

Aerin said...

This was set up so well. I was sort of dreading...er, expecting...a he-got-smashed-to-bloody-bits ending. Yay for twists! This is just a really fun piece overall.

laughingwolf said...

vesper and aerin, thx so much for your kind comments :)

Posolxstvo I said...

Nice Mitty-esque homage.

laughingwolf said...

thx poso :)

the walking man said...

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha wonderful

laughingwolf said...

thx bud, appreciate your comment :)

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Glad he was safe :)

Liked his spirit.Well written!

laughingwolf said...

sameera, thank you :)

klgilbert said...

Love those "Walter Mitty" moments!
Good writing skills. Nice ending.

laughingwolf said...

thank you, klgilbert... seems google at my earlier reply :(

jason evans said...

Whoa. Embarrassing. He can claim that he meant to do that. Nice cut to the reality. You handled that well.