One Wild Ride | Quick Piece Breakdown

One Wild Ride

Hello! I hope you’re doing well! This piece was written with prompts from one of my friends and I’m really glad how it turned out!

I have to admit that this piece was pretty difficult to write. I know I say this pretty much every single time, but this piece required a lot of exposition to bring out the last paragraph. Instead of the theme being the usual, friendship and loneliness, I chose family. This kind of love that comes out of families is really special and unique, so I tried to write a story that emphasizes it.

This story circulates around the Duflo family (I got this name from a random surname generator 😛 ), mainly Paul. In the first paragraph, it’s focused around Paul’s childhood when his family goes to the waterpark during the summer for relaxation. As a child, Paul loved the water slides and running around. It was a lot of fun to write and I kind of structured young Paul around when my brother was little – a happy, energetic, and speedy kid. In the next couple of paragraphs, Paul grows up and he goes to college and then tries to find a job which he fails. As more things don’t go his way, Paul ends up lying to his parents about his current status. At the same time, his parents do the same.

One day, Paul gets stuck in traffic and becomes very frustrated with everything. He passes by the waterpark he cherished when he was little and races home to get his parents to join him. I tried to write this scene to be as sensual as possible with young Paul’s energy and enthusiasm. The entire family goes and just stays on one ride. In the end, Paul’s mother asks if he wants to go on the water slides like he always has, but he stays with his parents.

The title of this piece is really important because you get a different sense of it as you progress through the story. In the beginning, the one wild ride is the orange slide that Paul loves because of how fast it was. In the middle the wild ride ends up being the difficulties the Duflo family ends up having and still staying together. And in the end, the wild ride isn’t very wild. It’s the Lazy River that as Paul states, it’s a well-deserved ride.

I really wanted to emphasize rest and familial love. The Dad in the story is always working, but he does rest and relax with his family even if it ends up being an annual event. And Paul rests after beating himself up over his failures. And the familial love ends up being sacrificial for everyone’s happiness. They lied about their severity of their troubles which may not be admirable at the first glance, but it’s a clear indication of selflessness.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my story!

Alice

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