Carter-James Filiga pulled on his brown, leather driving gloves. Staying focused on the job at hand was difficult with 30,000 fans screaming your name, taking photos and gesturing for you to give them a show that they’ll never forget. The pressure of being the number one monster truck driver in the world wasn’t something that bothered James. He didn’t train this hard to be second that’s for sure. There was a different atmosphere in the air tonight, however, and James could feel it. He knew that his fans could feel it, too. Louis, his faithful monster truck, the one he had driven with for years had sadly given-up-the-ghost at their last competition, and it was a very emotional time. Tonight, Carter-James introduced the world to his new monster truck, Elliot. Carter-James pulled himself up into the cockpit of his new monster truck and strapped himself in. “Alright, Elliot,” James said to “Are you ready for this?”
“Not at all,” replied the monster truck. “This is terrifying, and I am scared.”
Carter-James wasn’t sure how to react. Sure, they had only spent one month together training for their first big arena event, but that was twice as long as most other monster trucks and their drivers get. No problems ever came up in their training, either, which was the main reason Carter-James chose Elliot in the first place. As he stared out of Elliot’s windscreen at all of the camera flashes and admirers, he realised he was going to have to take a moment to talk with Elliot.
“What do you mean you’re scared?” Carter-James asked, the leather of his gloves making a distinct sound as he tightened his grip on the steering wheel.
“There’s a lot of people here,” Elliot explained. “What if I mess this up?”
Carter-James let a sly smile creep across his face. “That’s an easy one,” he explained. “Firstly, there is no you, there’s us. And, secondly, there’s no messing up, only learning.”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah… I heard you say that during the week but you can’t tell me you wouldn’t be disappointed if I can’t do that very first flip.” Carter-James took a moment to think about this.
“Could you at least rev your engine just to keep the crowd interested?”
Elliot did as his driver asked and Carter-James leaned out the window, urging the crowd to react to his energy. They erupted into applause. Some of the crowd had started standing on their feet in anticipation of what was to come. “Look,” stated Carter-James, “We at least have to finish this competition, it is our reputation we have to worry about, so, let’s give it a go, hey?’
Listening to the crowd and watching them struggle to contain their excitement, Elliot released his break and revved his engine. Carter-James grinned widely, gave a thumbs up to the crowd and guided Elliot, his inspirational new monster truck, towards the jump made out of books on Carter-James’ living room floor.
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