Daniel could see from far that the traffic light is still green. He pushed the paddle as much as he could to increase the speed. He didn’t want to be late. He knew that the red light would take a long time to turn green again since the settlement there is so pack. He was lucky that the road was pretty empty. The traffic light turned yellow. His heart thumped faster wishing he could make it.
3 meters from the line, the traffic light turned red. He was worry and his mind puzzled. Should he stop? Or keep on moving? “Ah! I should not brake drastically”. He kept the speed and didn’t care much about the traffic light.
Priiittt!!! It came from whistle sound. A traffic police wanted him to stop the car. Daniel stopped his car quite far and grumbling in his heart. He looked at the side mirror and saw a face which is so familiar.
Oh he is Allister Mc Kenzie Adams! His good friend when he was in secondary school. He felt relief. He opened the door and raised his hand with a smile.
“Hey Ally! How are you? Long times no see… it was long time ago when I saw you last at your wedding.”
“I’m fine thanks”. Allister didn’t smile back.
“Man! I was in hurry. My wife is waiting for me at home”
“Oh really?” Allister replied in doubt.
“Yeah pal… today is my wife’s birthday. She has prepared everything together with the kids. For sure I can’t be late. Friends are waiting for me too.”
“I understand. But I have been watching you for quite some times and you did the same fault at the same junction for few times.”
Daniel wanted to change his strategy.
“So, do you want to summon me? Actually the traffic light wasn’t red when I reach at the junction. It was yellow.” It was a good excuse given by Daniel.
“Okay. I saw it clear. Please give me your identification card and your driving license.”
Daniel was so frustrated and slowly passed Allister his identification card and driving license. Walked back to his car and closed the door tight while Allister was writing something on his book. After few minutes, Allister knocked his car window. Daniel looked at Allister’s face with a frown to show his frustration.
Lower his window… very little.
“Ah! Just an inch is enough for him to pass me the summon ticket.” His heart murmured madly. He took the summon ticket.
Without a word Allister went back to where he was to observe the traffic.
Daniel was shock. Yes, he got his identification card and the driving license back for sure... but with a note. His mind puzzled. “Why doesn’t he gives me a summon ticket instead of a note? Is this a joke?” he spoke to himself.
He read the note hurriedly.
I bet you know I got a beautiful wife and a very cute daughter. Sadly, they are gone.
They were hit by a driver that didn’t obey the traffic light at this junction. Yes the same junction.
The driver was in jail for 3 months. Now he is free to see his wife and his 3 kids again.
And I was alone… as my family has gone. I live in sorrow after that incident. They won’t come back to me… not anymore.
I tried to forgive the driver for so many times. But it was just too hard.
This time it happens to you… my good friend. I’m so sad.
Be careful when driving Niel” –Ally-
Daniel was speechless. He opened the door and searched for Ally but he was too late. Ally wasn’t there anymore.
He drove his car slowly with a lot of things playing in his mind hoping that Ally will forgive him.
15/8/2008 - Sound of silence...