Today’s the day…………..

Laura dreaded hearing the alarm go off because today was the day she would have to
take her driving test.
She hadn’t told anyone she was sitting it, not even her partner because she knew if she failed she’d never hear the last of it.
Success and Laura rarely went hand in hand. She got by with most things but never really excelled at anything and she was content with that, but learning to drive was another matter. It wasn’t she had something to prove to everyone else, she wanted to succeed for herself, to feel she wasn’t an also ran.

She had taken to driving like a duck to water, and her instructor could not believe she had never been behind the wheel of a car before when on her first lesson, she pulled away from the curb with no kangaroo jumps or grinding gears. The engine purred effortlessly and the hour was soon over.
Everyone knew she was taking lessons, but no-one knew when her test was.
Today was the day.

Her stomach full of butterflies, she had her pre-test lesson and her instructor told her not to worry, to just relax and imagine it was he sitting beside her, not an examiner.
An hour later she was being scrutinized by a short bald man in horn-rimmed glasses who was forever staring at her over the top of them like some four eyed owl.
She smiled nervously and they got in.
Checking seatbelts, adjusting mirrors and her seat (totally unnecessary as it was the driving school’s familiar car she was driving), they set off in silence apart from a rustle of paper or scribble of his scratchy biro.
His voice grated as he gave her instructions, but she knew the route though as warned, she didn’t anticipate where they were going.
The three point turn was a doddle, as was the emergency stop when she nearly catapulted him through the windscreen. Junctions, roundabouts, hill starts, traffic lights, everything flowed, but she tried not to get overconfident because she knew it could all change in a heartbeat.

Reversing round a corner was a little more complicated as it was uphill as well, but the sticker on the rear window was so placed to line up perfectly with the curb and she did it with no problems at all.
The worst bit was the Highway Code questions. Anything that had to be read and learned was always difficult for her and she knew this was what could let her down. She thought about her answers, and was dismayed when he said curtly ‘Thank you Miss Evans.’
Sitting quietly she waited for the bad news as he closed his file and handed her a piece of paper.
‘I’m pleased to say you’ve passed. Congratulations and good day.’
Then he was gone.

Written for Fandango’s Story Starter 22nd February

Laura dreaded hearing the alarm go off because today was the day she would have to…

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Today’s the day…………..

  1. murisopsis says:

    You had me sweating with sticky palms and a nervous feeling inside – great way to build suspense!!

  2. Fandango says:

    I knew she’d pass it!

  3. Sadje says:

    Great writing Di. I wasn’t sure till the end of the outcome.

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