The first thing Kailey became aware of was a dull ache all over her body. Her pulsepounded like a hammer against the inside of her skull and she groaned. Every beat of her heartmade her stomach twist and she swallowed thickly. There was another groan that she thoughtwas her, but realized a moment later was the car. The engine wheezed, and then died with agurgle.The car shifted downward sharply and something scrapped against the metal. She forcedher eyes open and then closed them again when her vision swam. She tried again, opening themmore slowly this time and though the world tilted for a moment at first, it evened out and stayedin focus.
“Oh God,” T
here was a tree in her car. Well, part of a tree in her car. Branches andleaves covered her seats and stuck in through the windshield and the passenger windows. The carwas leaning against the tree, and she could feel gravity pulling her towards the passenger side of the car.
“Anyone in there?”
voice came from outside the car, “Alice
, call 911! Hurry
up. I’ll see if I can help them get out of the car.” T
he voice was drew
, are you
awake? Can you hear me?”
Kailey turned her head, and spikes of pain radiated up the side of her face and down her
neck, “Yeah, I’m here.” Her chest felt tight and it was hard to make the words come out
, I’m sorry, we
didn’t see you until it was too late.”
The person, a man, withthinning hair, and slightly stooped shoulders came into focus.
“I’m going to open the door and
see if I can help you out, okay? Just hang on, okay
?” He kept talking and
Kailey used his voicelike an anchor, focusing on it as he managed to get the door open and leaned into the car to help
her out of her seat belt. “My name
is Ted. My wife is calling 911. Someone will be here soon.
I’m an EMT, so I’ll look you over when we get yo
They finally managed to get the seatbelt off and he encouraged her to put her arm around his neck as he slipped his arm around herwaist.
“I’ll pull, and you push, we’ll get you out of here
’s throat burned and her vision blu
rred again, and then a sob worked itsway up her tight throat.
“Oh God,” she whispered.
“Shh, it’s okay, I have you,” Ted said,
his voice was low and steady and the soundloosened something in her chest.
“Tell me your name? Do you hurt anywhere?”