The Bike Lesson Scene from THE RIGHT SIDE

“Is it illegal?” LeAnne said.

“Illegal under the law, no,” said Katie. “But taboo. Taboo is stronger than the law, as maybe you don’t know in America.”

“I actually don’t know that,” LeAnne said.

“Pah,” said Katie. “Laws can be changed. That is the difference.”

“Uh-huh,” LeAnne said. “Tuck your pant legs into your socks.”

“Why ever would I want to do that?”

“So you don’t get caught in the chain and go ass over teakettle.” LeAnne rolled the bike next to Katie, sized things up, took a wrench and lowered the seat as far as it would go.

“Ass over teakettle? I don’t understand.”

“Sure you do.”

“But why teakettle?”

“It’s just what we say.”

“The expression is vulgar,” Katie said. She tucked the hems of her slacks – black, of nice-looking fabric and cut – into the tops of her socks. Per LeAnne’s orders, she was wearing sneakers – the first time LeAnne had seen her in anything other than heels or city-type boots. The sneakers, white on white, looked like they’d just come out of the box.

“Hands on the grips,” LeAnne said, keeping the bike steady. “Swing your leg over. Sit.”

“This is not comfortable.”

“Feet on the pedals. Not like that.”

“My feet are on the pedals.”

“Balls of your feet.”

“Balls of my feet. You are very dictatorial, you realize, in fact reminiscent of … “

“Of who?”

Katie shook her head.

“Out with it,” said LeAnne. “When I’m insulted I like to hear the payoff.”

“Of … of certain family members.”

“You’re talking about members of your family?”

“But who on this earth has a perfect family?” Katie said. “Now will you give me a push?”

LeAnne gave Katie a push. She wobbled forward.

“Faster! Pedal faster.”

Katie peddled faster, got the wobbling under control. She rode across the hard-packed dirt of the compound as far as the razor-wire topped wall, turned unsteadily, and came back, picking up speed – actually much too much speed.

“I am riding! I am riding!”

(Chetspeak returns next Sunday.)



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16 Responses to “The Bike Lesson Scene from THE RIGHT SIDE”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:11 am on July 16th, 2017

    Good morning everyone! Not Chetspeak but a good start. Happy Egg Day! Enjoy your Sunday all.

  2. Masquers
    9:41 am on July 16th, 2017

    Overcast here with the sun starting to peek through.

    Good morning, HOH and all.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    10:43 am on July 16th, 2017

    Is this summer warmer than usual?

  4. Masquers
    10:45 am on July 16th, 2017

    No, actually it has been mostly in the 70’s and quite comfortable.

  5. Herd of Hounds
    10:53 am on July 16th, 2017

    Good for you. Been hotter than snot here. Buggy and bugs up the wazoo ????

  6. Masquers
    11:08 am on July 16th, 2017

    No bugs here either. Is this place for reals?

  7. Herd of Hounds
    11:11 am on July 16th, 2017

    Lucky youse.

  8. bluecat's mom
    12:31 pm on July 16th, 2017


    When I read The Book, I zipped through this passage, appreciating the back and forth between characters, but I missed the Clues. ‘Nough said.

    Good day Everybody, specially HOH and Masquers.

  9. c.hobbitz
    12:54 pm on July 16th, 2017

    Bluecat’s Mom: Hi!
    Adopted two fosters this weekend, both going to wonderful homes and families.
    I am trying to get in the mood to clean house. Hard to do. No company in sight so no incentive. I am a lazy dog.

  10. BearSpiritDog
    2:23 pm on July 16th, 2017

    CHobbitz: Lazy Dog…Someone Here can relate.

  11. Masquers
    2:24 pm on July 16th, 2017

    Hi, Blukat’s Mom!

  12. Thieves!
    3:10 pm on July 16th, 2017

    Our Lady finished listening to the Right Side on Friday. She thinks LeAnne and Chet think alike—in the moment. The Giant is the same way.

    SQPA: Good job as a best seller!

  13. BooBear
    4:53 pm on July 16th, 2017

    Congrats to OFA!

    C.Hobbit, sometimes it seems like yesterday that Linda and I got to visit and experience part of the Great Race! Wow, it’s been 3 races ago. Wonder what the Giant is thinking this year abou racing or not. Guess he will let us know!

  14. dawson
    9:25 pm on July 16th, 2017

    CHobbitz: Congratulations on adopting out two fosters!

    Thunderstorms again today made the middle of the day appear dark and dreary. I blame this for my laziness today. I need sunshine to charge up my batteries.

  15. c.hobbitz
    11:13 pm on July 16th, 2017

    Well I did just enough cleaning to feel productive and I have been dipping in and out of The Right Stuff.
    Denali is a hunter and so far has brought me 2 dead mice and one dead bird.
    Oodles of noodles

  16. Staff
    12:03 am on July 17th, 2017

    Congratulations to Denali. Henry tips his whiskers to him.

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