Every Friday night: finished school for the week they gathered at diners before hopping into their daddy’s cars and cruising through the streets, then drag-racing over at the abandoned drive-in on Parsons Street.

Every week the private guard at the abandoned drive-in complained at the police station. ‘Teenagers,’ he was told. This new breed of young adults. They all wanted to be like James Dean.

He bought a fresh padlock. They brought bolt cutters. The first time he had confronted them they laughed and pushed him aside. His employers demanded he stop them. They were just a bunch of kids.

In they came, tyres screeching, young voices screaming.

A race about to begin, the guard stepped out in front of the headlights. This time they would listen to him. He unholstered his sidearm, shouted and fired one shot into the air.

Panicked, they dived back into cars, engines gunned, they scrammed. The guard smiled. Just kids, he thought, that gave ’em a scare.

He didn’t spot the teenager who hadn’t left, who had borrowed something else cool from his daddy that night.

The gunshot echoed across the abandoned drive-in. The teenager ran through the open gate.

Copyright Sascha Darlington

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39 responses to “AMERICANA”

  1. “…who had borrowed something else cool from his daddy that night.” If parents insist on having guns in the house, they need to take responsibility for making sure they’re under lock and key and that their rebellious teenage kids can’t get access to them. A sad tale of Americana these days.

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      • But don’t we HAVE to keep talking about it? I can’t help but believe that something will change if we keep making our voices heard. I know I’m going to pay more attention to what my elected officials think about gun control before I vote next.

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      • It would be good to know if there has been a shift in public opinion on the matter, but among the politicians there seems to be no appetite for change, no matter how bad the next atrocity. I can only hope you are right and that one day soon the voices will be heard.

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  2. I remember cruising down Fremont street in Las Vegas when I was in high school in the early 1970s. I’m sure there were kids who did drag racing but I wasn’t part of the “in” crowd. I know that firearms were just as accessible then (if not more so) than they are now, but no one back in those days would ever have dreamed of shooting someone. I keep wondering what’s really changed in the past thirty or forty years or so.

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