Here is Part Three and final installment of Tucsonan Mishaun Morgan’s story.
Later that night me and Brooke were alone and sitting in a parking lot talking;
“You won, in your tiny little eg2 good job, but you still a lot to learn”
Sounds like you aren’t too proud of me; I did everything you taught me”
“Sean why do you race?” All I could think about was her, was being sucked into the seat of Lena’s car her placing her hand on my stomach because she was going so fast it felt like my stomach flew into my chest.
“I want to show her I’ve grown up, I’m not that same little 15 year old kid who didn’t know what a clutch was, I have a VTEC motor and I want to race her, I’m ready”
“Sean, You can’t race forever you know, plus it happened so long ago, why can’t you just let it go?”
“Can’t let go of the past, not just yet”
“Well Sean, congrats on your race, your eg2 is slow still, but you’ve improved I’ll see you later” With that Brooke left, and went back to Phoenix.
Months went by, I was still racing and me and my older brother even put together a little team called “Team Panda” and we put a sticker of a little panda on our cars, we were a small team only consisting of 7 people but we heard news of a huge event coming up called the race off face off, and it was going to be held in Tucson by some people and the winner gets cash and a thousand dollars in car parts. We entered our team and had 1 week to work on our cars for the event.
A week went by and the face off was here, cars from all over, teams from all over Tucson showed up; there was Team JDM, The drifters, Sonoran Muscle, team featherweight, and us Team Panda. Then more cars showed up from Phoenix, even Brooke made an appearance. I guess when you involve money everyone will show up. I finally saw the person who put together this event; J.J. Black he looked like a taller version of me just with a afro, he always came across rare cars and only bought cars straight from Japan so the steering wheel was on the right hand side. Even more cars showed up, a team of Mitsubishis from California known at the DSM team (DSM is Diamond Star Motor and is owned by Chrysler). They all approached the area we were at and that’s when I saw her, it was her, and it was Lena, Brooke approached me;
“What if Lena is in that group Sean?”
“She is that’s her right there” I pointed out
“Are you going to race her?”
“Only if she gives me the time of day”
JJ Black approached me and Brooke and gave Brooke a huge then shook my hand saying hi to us, he even asked me to race his RHD(right hand drive) civic straight from Japan, I was unsure, for some reason I was really nervous and wanted to say no, but I can’t back down from a race.
“What do you even have GSM?” JJ asked me
“Just a eg2 (Honda del sol) with a single cam VTEC”
All three of us walked over to my car and I popped my hood and JJ just laughed at me;
“You’re going to race with this!?” He said while laughing and teasing
“I guess so, so let’s just line them up”
We both lined up our cars, his sounded vicious since the cars from Japan are more aggressively tuned, easily over one hundred cars and spectators were watching me go up against the person who has one of the fastest Hondas around Tucson. We were flagged, our tires both squealing sticking to the pavement as we took off, we were side by side until, my VTEC kicked in and I took off leaving him a good 3 or 4 cars behind. We turned around and came back to our parking spots. My brother and other team mates ran up to me
“Sean you won!?” I was shocked at what happened and couldn’t even believe it was true I beat JJ Black but that race was just the appetizer, the main course was about to start
“Cute little Honda” I heard a soft voice say, I turned around but couldn’t see anything, the darkness and my hoodie covering my face made it hard to see so I took off my hood and it was her, Lena was standing right in front of me, I could slap myself to see if I was dreaming, but this was reality. I just stared into her eyes and didn’t say anything at all the only thing that came out of my mouth was;
“Race me Lena” I told her
“You’ll lose, your Honda is fast but it’s still NA” (Naturally aspirated meaning all motor)
“So I’ve beaten turbo cars before” I demanded
My brother Alex and Brooke both ran up to me in a desperate hurry
“Sean you’ll lose don’t do this” Brooke said
“Sean that’s a GST eclipse not only are they fast because all 4 wheels are working at once, but it has a turbo that makes it jump off the line like no other” My brother Alex tried to add logic as to why I shouldn’t race.
“I don’t care line them up Lena” I said stubbornly
I was walking towards my car and Brooke started tugging me by the arm, with both of her hands she grabbed my face so I could only focus on her, the words she told me next I will never forget
“Sean don’t you understand just let go of the past”
“Not yet not until she sees that I’m not that little kid anymore”
“Sean I just want you to know that the winner of this race will be cursed to race while the loser will be liberated and will have a choice whether to race or not”
We both lined up our cars, all that was going through my mind at the time was everything Lena showed me and that the car I used to ride in, was now my opponent.
I gripped the steering wheel hard and twisted the rubber “Remember Sully you’re not racing anyone else but yourself” I whispered to my car. The person flagged us and she took off with me behind her already, I was giving it everything I had and then my VTEC kicked in and I was able to close the gap, time slowed down once again seconds turned into hours but before you knew it, the race was over, I lost.
While driving back I had a huge smile on my face and I parked my car and sat on the hood, I could feel the heat from the engine coming up “I’m proud of you Sully” I told my car and patted the heated hood. Alex and Brooke as well as the rest of team Panda ran up to me
“Not too bad Sean” My brother Alex told me, he’s a fan of Mitsubishi as it was and had the exact same car as Lena did, Brooke just looked at me and smiled at me, so I gave her a thumbs up which made her burst out in laughter.
“Sean…?” Lena asked while she approached my group of people
“Hey” Those were the only words I could think of
“Meet me on Mt Lemon in one hour” She said and walked back to her car.
An hour later I was on Mt Lemon at the first lookout point watching the city lights flicker in the distance, out of nowhere I heard a sneeze, I knew it was her and Keira her car, she parked right next to me and walked over to the wall I was sitting on and took a seat right by me.
“That’s the first all motor Honda that was able to even stay with me like you did Sean” The compliment felt warm, then my radiator fan turned on almost as if my car was blushing from the compliment.
“Thanks Lena that means a lot coming from you”
“What will you do now?” she asked me
“I don’t know I mean I like racing, but there has to be more than just this out there plus I’ve seen a lot of bad things I never want to see again, I’ve been to the hospital for too many friends, the cemetery, I’ve seen cops so much I know a few on a first name basis. I’ve seen the girls out here who are only 17 who haven’t finished high school get pregnant young by some guy they barely know and then they end up working at the strip club to make ends meet. I’ve seen friends cars stolen and stripped I even had a car stolen and stripped, friends going to jail, it’s just a crazy world and lifestyle.” I spilled everything I’ve seen and done over the past years
“That’s why I didn’t want you to race Sean, this world isn’t for everyone, when I first saw you again I looked into your eyes, your eyes aren’t how they were before, so young and innocent, I could tell you’ve seen many things and been many places, and you like racing so much is because it’s a drug addiction, you get high off of the adrenaline, have you ever gone to sleep after a night of racing and wake up with a headache, that’s called a ‘speed hangover’ you don’t let your adrenaline come down completely so when you fall asleep it just falls too rapidly.”
“I think I’m going to become a teacher I’ve seen too much out here Lena, maybe I can educate kids or something, what are you going to do?” I asked her
“I opened a shop in Rialto California called ‘Baseline Motors’ I’m just going to run the shop I have my business license, you should come to Cali with me, I can get you a job there and it’s good pay” This was what I was hoping for for a long time, Lena offering me to come to California, as if it were the promised land
“I can’t as much as I would love to Lena I can’t, my home is here in the desert, going to school thank you though” I turned her down and I can’t believe I did after all these years.
“Well then Sean I’m leaving Tucson first thing in the morning, I’m glad I got to see you again, you’ve grown up, I’m going to go now kid, stay sweet and stay safe.” With that she kissed my forehead and took off, I heard her car sneeze once again as she drove down the mountain.
I just sat there looking at the city still, I was happy with the way everything happened tonight, just then I heard another car approaching and I looked behind me, the headlights were pink, it was Brooke. She turned her car off and got out and walked up towards me, she just smiled at me and put her arms around me.
“You’re finally grown up Sean” She said as she laid her head on my back “Congrats on your car.”
I didn’t say anything just looked at the city lights flicker some more but I knew this was a good night. Lena was proud of me and Brooke saw me as an adult.