My hands are stuck to the wheel. My palms are wet. My entire body feels like it’s perspiring uncontrollably. I have my eyes wide open, staring out the windshield and swiping a look around the streets. It almost feels like I’m not even driving anymore. I’m just zooming past the world, pounding the accelerator. My brain isn’t responding to my orders. Aadrika and Lisa Chang are barking at me but the screams of the sirens is all I can hear. The streets vanish under the blue and red police lights, flashing and draining me. It’s hypnotic, calling me to give in. Fear has it’s games.
Hey, *|FNAME|*! It’s Ivey. Gail and Alex asked me how it was to drive in the car-chase scene. Well, it was CRAZY! Wild. I was exploding with adrenalin. When Aadrika and Lisa told me that I would drive in the getaway I thought they were bluffin’. In Italy I had a couple of test drives with the Ferrari and Lee (their other co-spy who is just ridiculously funny and cheerful), who gave me most of the special training and tips told them I was good to go. I honestly wasn’t taking it seriously.
But I think no amount of preps would prepare me for that car chase. I was so scared out of my skin when the police starting pursuing us. There was a lot of noise. Inside the car and out. My brian decided to block out everything and focus on not crashing the car. But as I look back at it now and relive the moment in my head, I can still feel the blood pulsating through my veins and pounding in my fingertips. My heart was a beating drum. And being the action-craving girl I always am, I still love it!
I remember how overwhelming it felt to be motoring through the streets, how it felt to see other vehicles diverge as I was speeding. The colors of the world converged together with all the emotion, it was like accelerating through a tunnel of blurring pink, green, yellow and black. I don’t think I did much thinking either. With mom and her best friend/co-spy telling me to calm down and relax all the time. It’s hard to remember all the details when you were afraid.
Dropping off Lee wasn’t difficult. He’d showed me how to drift already. Not professional drifting just the you’re-a-beginner kind. When I had to drop off mom and Lisa that’s where the problem came. I had to get them off the right bridge but all the bridges looked the same. Even though we still cruised down the road a day earlier my brain had turned off. I was without the circuits and in the fritz because of being so nervous. I had big black police cruisers trying to smash into the nose of our Ferrari. I think if there is anything I hated about the experience then it was the time I almost crashed head-on with one of the cruisers.
Thankfully, the short mission was a success. The spies escaped and we finally retrieved the Matrix shard. There’s a bitter taste to the memory though. The same shard that we so badly needed was the same one that got my father killed. And even though I finally got my answers to my life-long questions and we saved the world, I still look back and wonder what it would be like to not have to get the shard back. If my dad was still around and everything was different. A short smile is on my face now. But then, I can’t change what’s happened. The future is waiting. I can only make room for the best of what’s left.
Thanks for the Scene Interview question, Gail and Alex. And *|FNAME|*, if you have any scene you’d like me to talk about, let me know! Reply or comment and I’ll answer you in the coming newsletters.
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