Recently I had to go car shopping. The car I wanted (this baby blue masterpiece you see to your right) did not fall into my budget.
Safety features were high on my list of prerequisites. The Smart Car (the ridiculously minuscule vehicle you see below with the aid of your magnifying glass) comes with something like 12 airbags. I envision it turning into a hot air balloon and simply floating safely away from the accident.
I confess. I like cars. When I was a kid, we had a family outing to Busch Gardens, and the last portion of the monorail ride traveled out over the parking lot. My mother was so mad because my brother and I enjoyed looking at the cars in the parking lot more than we did the giraffes and zebras inside the park. LOL
Do you put any consideration into what vehicle your characters drive? I have yet to go all James Bond on my heroes and have them tooling around in Lamborghinis. But I wouldn't mind throwing in the Ferrari for my heroine. You can picture the scene, can't you? The heroine is trapped on the third floor balcony of the Monte Carlo Casino. A hired assassin is crossing the suite from inside and is just about to reach her when she leaps down onto the assorted fruit kiosk on the street below. The pliable awning catapults her into a triple somersault as she executes a perfect three-point landing in high heels directly beside the unlocked door of an exquisite blue Ferrari. A quick glimpse through the tinted glass confirms that the keys are in the ignition. On the balcony above, the man in black is aiming an automatic weapon at her.
What is a woman to do?
One thing my beautiful heroine will not do is to stop and consider the price of insurance on that Ferrari! That is why I love the wonderful world of fiction. :)
ENDLESS NIGHT - Romantic Suspense
BEYOND - Something different