just a crab

He was nearly at the ocean road and the café when a strange movement out of the corner of his eye turned his head to the surface of the road. A skittering. Long legged. Orange. Huge spider? No. It skittered again, sideways. An orange crab on the road, halfway across the first lane. The wind must have blown it up here from its safe sand dunes. Like a clutch of ballerinas on points, it skittered further into the road. A car swished by over the top of it. Paul started forward, to rescue it but realized it was madness. To be run over himself, trying to rescue a crab. But he couldn’t ignore it, walk away. He watched fascinated. It reached the centre section of the road and seemed to wait there with cars flashing by on either side, pulling it one way and then the next. And then another gust of wind blew it right into the centre of the far lane. One car drove over it safely, all four wheels framing its centre spot. Then another. And another. And then two cars, closer to each other, one pulled it too far to the middle of the road, and the other’s wheels scrunched it into the tarmac. Unthinking. Unseeing. Only he had seen.
He felt such unutterable sadness. Absurd. It’s just a crab.

just a crab

nadine henley

Joined March 2009

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