It’s Just Like Riding a Bike – Friday Fictioneers

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to our wonderful host, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, and to Jellico’s Stationhouse for the intriguing photo.

The challenge is to write a 100-word story, based on the photo prompt below. My story is semi-autobiographical.

PHOTO PROMPT © Jellico’s Stationhouse

(Personal Fiction: 100 words)

It’s Just Like Riding a Bike

Emily wobbled while her siblings breezed past. Soon, the Rathbone family would return the borrowed bikes to their vacationing owners.

“Eyes ahead. Don’t look back,” said sister Marianne.

Emily sailed by unattended, like a trapeze artist with no net.I’m doing it!” Then Emily looked back.

Crash. 

Later, Emily attended a college swimming in bikes. Not since her childhood had she ridden one, but her body remembered and into the sea of pedaling students she went. Sweat dripped from her temples as she approached the hit-or-miss intersection.

Crash.

Their wheel spokes tangled together and Emily stared into pools of blue.

Crush.

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End notes: As a kid, I didn’t have a bike, but I remember this accelerated week of learning to ride. I had one week to learn how to ride on this borrowed bike. I did it, but I crashed…a lot. Later when I went to a biking college, I was pretty scared to ride a bike again because it had been so long since I had done it! I made up for lost time, riding everyday for a solid 4 years. I still crashed sometimes, but I met some nice people along the way. 🙂

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Life is short – Mark Twain Quote

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We picked this quote of Mark Twain’s for my dad’s eulogy. My sister suggested it and, instantly, we said yes! We all thought it so fitting. You may have come across this quote before.  It’s a brilliant quote and a proper outlook on life, so I put this together. Of course, now it holds special meaning for me.

For someone who thought life was short, he certainly had a lot to say about it. Mark Twain was one of my dad’s favorite authors. He had many of his books, including the Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1. Take a look.

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A lover of life. The font is quite small, too!

Volume 1 is 712 pages, not including the index. The existence of a Volume 1 suggests that there is a Volume 2. And there is, as well as a Volume 3. The third volume is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2015. The Mark Twain Project compiled the books, but the words are from Mark Twain. It’s quite a scholarly achievement.

Whatever you’re dong, I hope you’re enjoying your weekend and your life!