Essay competition winner
November 12, 2009
I didn’t know what was happening at first. I could’ve sworn that it was around noon, both Jon and Logan still had classes.
So why was I moving?
I could feel someone’s greasy, firm hands gripping my side. One of my wheels was spinning, faster and faster. But why?
I could hear tromping footsteps, heavy breathing, and the occasional dumb-sounding chuckle.
And then I realized it; I was being stolen.
I was far past panicking now, even though it was only seconds ago that I realized what was going on. What if I never made it back to that glass trophy case I called home? Would I ever be used in a kick-flip again? All of these questions flooded my mind without reason.
I heard a slam of what must have been a car door. I heard the rev of an engine and one of Elvis’s hit songs.
A heavy coat of cigarette smoke clouded over me. If I could cough, I would have.
I had no feelings in my wheels now, I was so afraid. I tried to make them turn; I tried and tried until the soothing, silky voice of Elvis finally lulled me to sleep.
“What did you do with it, you rotten, nasty -“I heard a voice yell and oddly enough it sounded just like Logan’s.
“I don’t know what you’re talkin’ about.” A low rusty voice growled.
“My skateboard!” Logan roared.
Light footsteps and a slur of hushed words I could make out were coming closer.
Silence, like a blanket, covered the area.
Logan’s voice echoed again, “Listen, dude, I don’t like being in this alley, but by the looks of it you do. Can you just hand over my skateboard?”
Sirens echoed through the alley. I heard brakes screeching to a stop, and a firm voice yell, “Hands up!”
I could picture the thief making a break for it. But the police would catch him….
A car door opened, more yelling…..
I was being picked up.
But these hands were oddly familiar-feeling.
I was so exhausted. I shut down my wheels and soon fell asleep.
I woke up to the feel of cement rolling under my wheels. Logan, of course, was out on campus coasting down the sidewalks.
And I was never so happy.