A speedometer or a speed meter is a gauge that measures and displays the instantaneous speed of a vehicle. Now universally fitted to motor vehicles, they started to be available as options in the 1900s, and as standard equipment from about 1910 onwards. Speedometers for other vehicles have specific names and use other means of sensing speed. For a boat, this is a pit log. For an aircraft, this is an airspeed indicator.
The racing car sat low to the ground and it's wheel base was wide for stability. It was a car yet so different to anything you could buy at a local dealer. Engineered to be powerful and designed to offer the least wind resistance. It hugged the turns on the track like the wheels where glued down and when I pressed the accelerator I felt all the flesh on my face be tugged backward by the g-force.
The race car was a thing of beauty and precision engineering. The shape was as smooth as a rain drop and the curves looked organic. But once the engine started purring, then revving, it was all about the drive, the feel, the speed. Taking it to the track was just the right thing to do, it was like an animal that needed to run.
Narrow, asphalt, narrow strip of turf either side, spindly trees. Stone pillars, wrought iron gate, sweeping, wide, curved, gravelled, rhododendron bushes either side. Concrete, cracked, weeds growing in cracks, sharp angle to double garage, paint peeling off garage door.
With ankles crossed and my knees leaning against the center console, I watch Brice slide into the driver’s seat, starting the engine with the push of a button. I want to touch him and run my fingers through his hair. Rubbing my hands together, I force them into submission. Observing his movements, a sigh escapes my lips. I adore the subtle tilt of his head when he turns onto the road. Every movement seems as though he’s planned it out ahead of time. Feeling a chill, I rub my arms.
The road that was black in the day time just melted into the darkness of the night. When a car passed it's headlights were reflected in the water that lay over the surface. There were street-lamps years ago but they had all been sabotaged for their solar triggers, it's how the gangs arm their weaponry. They rig things up with dirt over the sensor and then after some rain whatever they have rigged up explodes. So our roads are dark and our days are anxious, who knows where they will strike next.
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The road was straight. The makers had not veered right or left for any dwelling or to save the splitting of land. They were conquerors and they cut their tract without seeking permission from any person of any rank. They did not seek to appease the peasants but to assert their dominance. They had an army or road builders formed largely of captives and an army of soldiers. Such an army required food and they simply took it from any farm they came across. When they were done it was a route from the port to the capital city where they had already seized the instruments of power and muted the resistance by their favoured method.