“A black Jeep, its top up, its windows tinted, wheels in behind me on 23rd Street and as I zoom through the Park Avenue tunnel whoever’s driving flips on his brights and closes in, the Jeep’s fender grazing the back of the Vespa’s wheel guard.
I swerve onto the dividing line, oncoming traffic racing toward me while I bypass the row of cabs on my side, heading toward the wraparound at Grand Central. I accelerate up the ramp, zoom around the curve, swerving to miss a limo idling in front of the Grand Hyatt, and then I’m back on Park without any hassles until I hit 48th Street, where I look over my shoulder and spot the Jeep a block behind me.
The instant the light on 47th turns green the Jeep bounds out of its lane and charges forward.
When my light turns I race up to 51st, where the oncoming traffic forces me to wait to turn left.
I look over my shoulder down Park but I can’t see the Jeep anywhere.
When I turn back around, it’s idling next to me.
I shout out and immediately slam into an oncoming cab moving slowly down Park, almost falling off the bike, and noise is a blur, all I can really hear is my own panting, and when I lift the bike up I veer onto 51st ahead of the Jeep.
Fifty-first is backed up with major gridlock and I maneuver the Vespa onto the sidewalk but the Jeep doesn’t care and careens right behind me, halfway on the street, its two right wheels riding the curb, and I’m yelling at people to get out of the way, the bike’s wheels kicking up bursts of the confetti that litters the sidewalk in layers, businessmen lashing out at me with briefcases, cabdrivers shouting obscenities, blaring their horns at me, a domino effect.
The next light, at Fifth, is yellow. I rev up the Vespa and fly off the curb just as the traffic barreling down the avenue is about to slam into me, the sky dark and rolling behind it, the black Jeep stuck on the far side of the light.”
Bret Easton Ellis (Los Angeles, 7 maart 1964)