2022/06/11ある日、彼が練習場までスケボーで向かっていた時のこと。

道端でイヤホンを付けながら踊っている少女とぶつかりそうになった。
彼は接触寸前のところで回避し、こけて転がりつつうまく受け身をとった。
振り返ると少女はもういなかった。
彼は少し呼吸を整えたあと、またスケボーを漕ぎだした。
しかし交差点に差し掛かったところで、信号無視の車と衝突してしまう。
その時足の腱を痛めてしまい、スケボーの選手への道は断たれてしまった。
少しタイミングが違えば、こうはならなかったのに――。
彼はその後、スケボーをやめた。
生きがいを失った反動か、やがて道を外れ、悪い知人を多く持つことになった。

He was skateboarding to practice.
He nearly crashed into a girl wearing headphones and dancing on the side of the street.
He barely managed to avoid hitting her and wiped out.
When he looked back, the girl was gone.
He took a few moments to catch his breath and started skating again.
As he approached an intersection, however, he was struck by a car that ran a red light.
He injured a tendon in his leg, and his path to becoming a professional skateboarder was severed permanently.
If only things had been a little different, this wouldn't have happened…
He quit skateboarding after that.
He didn't take it well. The resentment festered in him. Eventually, he fell into the wrong kind of crowd…