Not knowing the danger they were in the girls set out for a day of fun.
Carol acts as if she really knows what she is doing and Susan thinks she
does. Carol's brother Gary, had shown her a little about riding a
four wheeler and so she thought she knew it all. Susan is hanging on
sitting on the back, she has no idea of the danger she is in and for
that matter neither does Carol. It is a little chilly but they were
only going in
the woods up on Whittaker Ridge, so not thinking it may get really cold or
anything about the future for that matter off they went.
Carol put the gas to it and it
jerks hard, Susan said "You do know how to drive this thing
don't you?" Carol said, "and what could there be to it, brake
and gas, just like a car". They both laughed. The ridge
got a little steep but they just hung on and Carol was telling Susan to
just lean forward. When they go up hill, she had heard her brother
say it could tip over, but Carol paid no attention to that statement
thinking he just didn't want her to take his four wheeler.
There sure were a lot of trees in the path but she did a good job of
avoiding them and they were just laughing and having a good time.
Susan said "I can see the top of the Ridge", "good"
Carol said, "I need to get off of this thing for a little
while". They reached the top and got off. It was
beautiful, the trees were so tall and you could see for miles. They
sat down on a rock to just talk and about that time the four wheeler
started rolling, Carol had left it in neutral and off it went. They
both started running after it and Carol got hold of the front and hung on
while Susan placed a rock behind it but it was too late, Carol slid
and sprained her ankle. She screamed out and let go of the front and
when she did, off the four wheeler went. Susan grab Carol and they
both sat down and just stared at it as it rolled. "Oh my
Carol, "my brother will kill me". Susan said "we have
to start back since we have to walk now and get some help".
Carol said "I can't walk, what are we going to do?" Susan
said, "I can't leave you here alone, I don't know."
"Yes" said Carol, "you have to go get some help".
Carol was scared now, she sure wished she had listened to her brother.
She didn't know how to set the brake and she knows he tried to show her.
Carol said, "you have to go before it gets to late, I
don't want to be here after dark." Susan started off running
and the hill was steep but she knew she had to hurry. She really
didn't like the idea of being alone out here and was just wishing someone
else would come along. She had mud all over her from slipping and
sliding and her hair was a mess. She kept going and half way down
the hill she heard it! Another four wheeler! She screamed
"Help!" as loud as she could. Was she surprised, it
was Harlan from down the road and she didn't like him at all, he was
always trying to get a date with her. She didn't know he had a bike,
it was a trail bike and it was so loud she thought it was a four wheeler.
"Hey Princess", he said "what's the problem? He got
off and came over to her and put his arm around her, "can I
help you Sweetie"? "No", she said "and get your
hands off me", she pulled away but he just kept on saying "now
sweetie, you in trouble"? About that time she heard a
four wheeler coming and she yelled as she saw who it was.
Thank goodness it was Tommy, a guy from school that she adored, but she
thought he didn't even know her name. He had heard her yell for him.
She was so frighten. He got off his four wheeler and said zz'what's the
problem here"? "Nothing's the problem here", Harlan
said, I can handled it. Tommy got up in his face and said
"handle it somewhere else and hit the road now". Tommy saw
the mud on Susan, "you okay?" he said. "He didn't
bother you did he?" "No" said Susan, "I'm
fine, really". She was a bit shaken but she was thinking,
'he was so cute and I am such a mess, and little Miss Cutie is sitting up
there all clean and pretty' . "What are you doing up here
Susan?" he asked. She was so surprised he knew her name.
Susan told him what had happen and he said "get on and lets go back
up and see what I can do".
He saw the four wheeler laying upside down. He said "I don't think
you and I can get that thing back up but if you want we can give it a
try". They both got off and Tommy set the brake on his and
parked it to the side. They both pulled and pulled at it till it
rolled over. "Now," he said "you are going to
have to ride this one to the bottom because if her ankle is as bad as you
say she can't change gears" . "Change gear". Susan
said, "she never changed gears going up". "Okay, he
said and laughed, he showed her how to gear it down and hold to the
brake and go real slow, he said "I will go in front and you follow
behind. I have to go to the top and get Carol and I will be right
back". Off he went, Susan though 'what a lousy stinking day
this has been, its cold and getting dark and here I stand all alone'.
About that time here came Tommy and
Carol, of course she was all snuggled up to Tommy and had his jacket on
and there she was with a great big smile on her face. Well Tommy
told her again how to shift down and hold to the brake and off they
went. Susan did feel sorry for Carol because her ankle was
swollen awful bad. Susan drove real slow and then they pulled into
the yard and Tommy carried Carol into the house. Tommy had to leave,
and Susan and Carol had to face Gary. He came running in the house,
"what in the world happen?!" Carol looked so pitiful
laying there, Gary said "are you okay?" "Yes"
Carol said "but kind of in pain right now", thank goodness
Gary loved his sister more than he did his four wheeler. Susan
left for home and told Carol to call her if she needed her and all the
while she was thinking, 'what a day, all I wanted to do was go four
wheeling. Well I know one thing I will never again go four wheeling
or even look at a mountain or wooded area ever again'.
About that time the phone rang, "Oh no" she said, it can't
be Carol calling, "what?" she said. A nice smooth
voice came back over the phone, "Hi", Tommy said. "I
just thought maybe you'd like to go to a movie and get a bite to eat and
on Sunday, I could take you for a ride to see some really beautiful
places since I know you like four wheeling'. Susan thought her heart
would stop, "well" she said "I would love
that". He said "but the mud has to go, can't be seen with
a muddy girl" and they both laughed. She guessed she
could maybe just this one more time go four wheeling.
© By Harriett Dash 2001