“A Summer Drive” by Daniel Alexander

driving in a car with the windows down, we are going very slow

i tell you how yesterday i went to the thrift store and bought a red jacket that said “guard” on the back and in the pocket I found this unlabeled cassette tape

i stick the unlabeled cassette tape into the cassette player

a few seconds of silence and then cracking/popping sounds come from the speakers

in the distance of this sound landscape which seems to be creating itself in this moment of time we hear phone numbers being dialed then all of a sudden

BEEE DEEEE BEWWWWWLAAAAAP BALLLEEEE BAAAAWAAAA EEEEEEEEEEEE BWABWABWABWABWA WEOWEOWOEWEOWEO BEN EBNG BEA BENGOOOOWEEEE BWEEEESHHHHHH BEIWAAAAAAHHHHHHHH BKAWDDDSSS DEEE DANNNNGGG

it was the sound of the dial-up internet

it replays

BEEE DEEEE BEWWWWWLAAAAAP BALLLEEEE BAAAAWAAAA EEEEEEEEEEEE BWABWABWABWABWA WEOWEOWOEWEOWEO BEN EBNG BEA BENGOOOOWEEEE BWEEEESHHHHHH BEIWAAAAAAHHHHHHHH BKAWDDDSSS DEEE DANNNNGGG

and replays and replays and replays and replays, each time our car going faster and faster and faster and faster and faster and faster

BEEE DEEEE BEWWWWWLAAAAAP BALLLEEEE BAAAAWAAAA EEEEEEEEEEEE BWABWABWABWABWA WEOWEOWOEWEOWEO BEN EBNG BEA BENGOOOOWEEEE BWEEEESHHHHHH BEIWAAAAAAHHHHHHHH BKAWDDDSSS DEEE DANNNNGGG

all of our surroundings become blurred to the point where it doesn’t look like earth anymore

we are in our own tunnel, the tunnel is tinted blue and the texture is transparent
numbers, orbs of sound, and videos of a man shining a light in his eyes floating by rapidly

but the haunting sounds of lobsters screaming from being boiled is transmitted into our ears via .mp3

the visuals of the tunnel transform into videos of aftermaths of surfers being eaten by sharks via .mov

we aren’t traveling straight anymore, we are traveling down farther and farther down into the earth or whatever this horrible place is

it starts to become hot in the car the more we fall down i cant see an end i don’t think there is a bottom

we are falling forever and somehow this doesn’t seem real to us anymore

our car and all our belongings in it melt from the heat

but we remain untouched although the heat is close to unbearable

we have been falling for 3 hours now, the light is gone

there is only darkness and heat

i believed we have died in a car wreck and this is what the afterlife is like


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