A Split Second

[Adino voiceover]

Tragedies often happen in just a split second.

A moment of assumption, the blink of an eye, within the space of a breath.

*There’s a rumbling sound in the background, imagine some waves on the sea side*

It only takes such a split second to change your life forever. At that moment, things could go either way. You could be at the right slot machine at the right time. You could make eye contact with the love of your life. You could kill someone.

*Rumbling sound intensifies. Flashback visual effect ala Lost*

Scene of Adino driving home after work. He has just finished a long difficult day at work and is looking forward to go home to his wife.

Adino approaches an intersection. The light is green. Everything seems normal. But you know something is going to happen. Something bad.

Two motorcycles see Adino’s black car still a distance away and beat the red light. When Adino reaches the intersection, a third motorcycle decides to try his luck. Who knows what this youngster was thinking.

Luck, cruel as she could be, decided to run out for that motorcyclist.

*SQUEEEEEELL* (and, might I add, a little bit of SKIIDDDDD!)

[Close up to Adino’s grim and face, swerving his car to the right]

CRASH! The motorcyclist is knocked over, and falls on the road.

Adino stops to assist.

The motorcyclist is shaken but unhurt.

This, however, is what happened to his Proton Wii-ra:

I don’t know if you can see the faint red boxes I drew around the damaged areas.

I’m left 20 ringgit poorer after fixing my number plate. But it had to be fixed anyway. It was broken in the middle and I had to duct tape it back together.

7 thoughts on “A Split Second”

  1. I am wondering what was on that motorcyclist mind also. Sigh even I as a motorcylist almost knocked one down the other day jumping the red light.

    I pray cars though will not generalise all motorcyclist to be like that

    Adino: I think for your kind of monster bike, cars will be scared la 😛

  2. eh, get that @#$%! motorcyclist to pay for damages wei!

    Adino: That fella… dun really want to talk to me. Like it’s my fault.

  3. Kesian Adino
    At least that motorcyclist wasn’t hurt
    If not … a mess will come out of it

    Adino: Yeah, if he was hurt, he will be able to claim my insurance. But I won’t be able to claim his insurance. Automatically my fault.

  4. Did he run through the red light? I don’t like people who don’t obey the rules.

    Adino: Yes, he ran the red light. In fact, he was already stopped, but he decided to throw himself in front of my car.

  5. The only two accidents I’ve ever had while driving involved motorcyclists. 🙁 (I’m trying very hard not to generalize here!)

    But thankfully the damage to your car is so minor.

    Adino: Yeah, I’m thankful that nothing serious happened. It is a timely warning that I can’t take things for granted. Thank God Poey Chin wasn’t in the car!

  6. Thanks Rinnah!!

    I’ve had accidents on the motorcycle where the car was really inconsiderate. Some never signal. My friend ended up in the bed for two months because an MPV just swerved. Those that use the Handphone and drive are even worse. Thank God nothing happened to her. That reminds me something like this happened to Lydia right?

    My bike not monster la. Sexy, Hot. Cool la

    Adino: Lydia’s case was different. Doesn’t involve any traffic lights.

  7. Motorcyclists think they rule here in Malaysia. Thank goodness nobody was hurt. RM20 is ok la… but I hope the motorcyclist didn’t ask you to pay for medical charges…

    Adino: No, he didn’t.

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