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May 21, 2007

Scott sat on his bed, staring at the flickering screen. He didn’t know how long he had been playing, but his thumbs were raw, there would be blisters. His eyes were bloodshot, he could already feel them scratching against their lids as he looked at the clock.

It was 6:42. In the morning.

Shit. I’ll have to be at work soon. He pushed the distraction away.

The blue Dodge Viper crested the rise immediately preceding the corkscrew, the infamous section of the Laguna Seca race track. Steering hard to the left and feathering the brakes, he slid into the turn that defined the start of the corkscrew.

The next second was a blur, as his hands took over, steering the car through the turns before his mind even registered what was going on. Too fast and the car would slide into the dirt: instant failure. Too slow, and, well . . . this was a time trial.

He was filled with euphoria as the car regained traction and accelerated towards the next turn, a sharp right. He cut the turn, braking slightly, first inside then riding up on the outside brake marker. There couldn’t have been more than an few inches between his tires and the dirt, but the car stayed on the track, accelerating towards the final turn, a ninety degree left. The car broke free at the high speed, and the rear end slid out, towards the dirt and failure. He counter-steered, and the car came back under control.

Scott didn’t dare to so much as blink as the car crossed the finish line. There was a heartbeat, and nothing.

Then it came up. A silver medal! His S-Class license!

“Scott! Its time!” It was his manager. Scott grabbed his helmet. Time to race.

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  1. May 21, 2007 10:22 pm

    A few notes about this. First, the story is something like 298 words. I first wrote ultra short pieces like this as part of a contest for Escape Pod. I didn’t win, but the format is fun, so you can expect to see more of it. The final note is that this is based off of one of the S-Class licenses in Gran Tourismo 2, running an unmodified Viper on stock tires, which was a major pain in the ass to win. Anyway, Enjoy.

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