The roller coaster turned and accelerated as gravity pulled it violently down the near vertical track. The wind rushed at the riders. Screams of fear and excitement. It plummeted down on its tumultuous course. The track levelled out before climbing rapidly again the momentum from the first drop carrying it along at “speeds of up to eighty miles an hour“. They were at its mercy, powerless beings in the metal framework jerked about in the cars as they sped along the track.
They continued up, higher. The cold damp sea air blew in their faces, it seemed to be mixed with spray from the rough grey sea below. The roller coaster slowed slightly as it began over the top of the highest rise. They looked at each other. Gene laughed gleefully, her daughter returned the laugh but with a degree of foreboding.
“Are you all right Mum?”
Gene had her hand to the right side of her face. She bore an odd expression. She moved her hand.
“Your face has all gone down on one side!” Cally said, and tears welled in her eyes as Gene’s appearance provided an immediate diagnosis of what had happened.
The mother’s eyes flashed with fear. They seemed to scream for help, but she could not speak.
“I won’t cry if you don’t cry.” Cally said as she reached for her phone. “Hey Siri, please call an ambulance.”
This is an edited excerpt from a short story I wrote. I have created this conceptual illustration to accompany the narrative.
This piece follows my recent illustrated travel feature on heli-skiing in Russia. You can see the article at the link in the list below…
Posts which relate to this are.
- Chalet in Gingerbread
- 2020 Review
- Christmas 2020 Steel Illustrations
- Night Skiing and TOP 9
- Ski A-Z X and O
Thanks for being here. Sorry that this is heavier than my usual content. The good news is that the human body is an amazing thing and in time it can rebuild the pathways and can restore much of what has been damaged. Believe, and if you’re in this situation, try to stay positive and be there for the person, they might just surprise you in their recovery.
The next post will be more positive, I promise.