An Accident

by Doreen F.

Suddenly I only heard the screeching of the brakes and felt the abs working until my car stopped. What on earth had just happened? I had been driving down a busy street and clearly had precedence, but some other car had simply neglected that and I had to brake really hard in order to avoid collision. It was still early in the morning and I had been on the way back home after a really bad night with my… well, I wasn’t sure what he was anymore; my probably soon to be ex-boyfriend. We had this affair going, but it was not enough for me anymore. So I told him it was either all or nothing. That’s why I had left so early and had not been paying that much attention to traffic. Anyway, it was not my fault that some idiot didn’t see his stop sign. The other car had stopped as well and our cars had not really touched, which was good. The last thing I needed now was a broken car. I got out of the car preparing to curse the driver for what was worth. Instead I saw this hunk getting out of the car. Probably one of the cutest guys I’ve ever seen. Just one word HOT. He started to apologize and I was more than willing to accept his apology, but I realized we were blocking the street.

“Hey, do you mind if we postpone the talking until we’ve cleared the road. There’s a Starbucks round the corner with lots of parking space. Do you wanna meet there?”

“Good idea, I’ll follow you.”

So we met again outside the Starbucks and went inside. I ordered a venti latte and so did he and he also insisted on paying. They asked us for our names and I found out that his name was David. Once we sat down, David once again apologized.

“Look, I’m terribly sorry. I didn’t pay enough attention. I just missed the stop sign.”

“I was kind of distracted myself, actually. But I know that I had precedence.”

“You’re so right. You know, it’s kind of embarrassing, but I really didn’t see the stop sign.”

“What do you mean?”

“Well, I normally wear glasses.”

“So why weren’t you wearing them?”

“I misplaced them and figured I’d be ok without them.”

“But now, we both know you’re not.”

David smiled sheepishly. “Yeah, but the thing is I was out with friends and I had too much to drink. I spent the night at a friend’s, but I don’t remember how I got there and I have no clue what happened to my glasses. So in the morning, when I woke up, I couldn’t find them, but I just wanted to go home. My friend has a girlfriend I didn’t want to spoil their morning. So I just left.”

“And nearly crashed into my car.”

“That’s why I’m so sorry. I drank far too much because my ex is getting married and I had to drown my sorrows, I guess.”

“I just ended my affair, so I wasn’t paying that much attention either.”

“Anyway, I’m glad we didn’t actually crash. What if the insurance company found out that I had been driving without glasses? They’d have a field day.”

“Shouldn’t you ask one of your friends, what happened to your glasses? I mean, we now know that you’re putting yourself and others at risk on the road.”

“Yeah, I’m gonna have to wake one of them up, but you’re right.”

David got up to make the phone call. I was watching him. Wow, he was extremely handsome. His hair was black and his eyes were green, he had a pretty face; he was tall and in pretty good shape with an incredibly cute ass. I could tell by his body language that he didn’t like what he heard on the phone. He ended the call and came back.

“So?”

“No good news, I’m afraid.”

“What happened?”

“My friend said he doesn’t know when, but some time during the evening my glasses were gone. I probably took them off at one place and forgot them there when we left. None of us remembers at how many places we’ve been, though. So I’m blind for now. I gotta go to an optometrist and get myself new glasses.”

“Sounds bad.”

“Yeah.”

“If you need any help, let me know. I mean I can take you somewhere since driving without glasses was not such a big success for you.”

“You would do that?”

“Certainly.”

“That’s so nice of you, Dana.”

I felt myself blush and hoped that David would not see it. So we left the Starbucks and headed for the mall, where David’s optometrist was. Once we got there I asked David if I should stay and to my surprise he said, “Actually, I do have a favor to ask you. Could you help me pick frames?”

“No problem.”

So David had his eyes checked just to make sure the prescription was still up to date. Then the most difficult part came. David showed me what kind of frames he had had before. They looked fairly good but he wanted to try some others and finally I told him that the rectangular black plastic frames looked best. He chose them and was told to pick up his glasses in two hours.

“Since you’ve been so helpful today, may invite you for a snack?”

“Or course.”

We headed for the food court. I chose a smoothie and a cheesecake. David had trouble reading the signs. He asked me to read some of it to him.

Finally we had our snacks and sat down.

“Do you believe in fate?” I wanted to know.

“Normally, I don’t, but today I’ve become a great believer of destiny.”

We chatted and the time passed really quickly. Eventually it was time to pick up David’s glasses. At the optometrist they checked that the new glasses fitted and David paid. He looked even better to say the least.

“It’s great to be able to see again. So what do you think?”

“These frames are a great choice, did you choose them all by yourself?” I teased.

David squeezed my arm teasingly.

“Stop it, I’m ticklish.”

“So, what do you think?”

“Your forcing me into this confession, but you look great wearing them.”

“Thanks.” David smiled. “Now, could you, please, take me to my car. I think I’m safe to drive now.”

“You think? What a pity! I would have loved to be your chauffeur all day.”

“You can be my chauffeur any time you like.”

“Are you serious?”

“Do I look like I’m joking?”

“Oh, David.” I smiled and blushed.

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