Grinding metal, sparks flying
For some reason that thread title gave me a flashback not to Flashdance, but 1968, and my first serious motorcycle accident. The bike slid out on a winding downhill turn at night. The bike & I slid about 100 feet, me wearing just summer shorts and a T-shirt. I lost about half my hide.
And all I could think was "Don't tumble!" My arms were out wide, trying to stay flat on my stomach. And also trying to see where my bike was, afraid it was behind me and gonna crush me.
But then I caught sight of it, ahead of me, throwing sparks in the dark like you wouldn't believe, a regular Fourth of July show, and making a great scraping noise. I had no clue that sliding would do that.
We both finally stopped on the shoulder, and then the pain hit me. By fortunate coincidence a police car drove by almost at the same moment, saw me, and the cop decided to speed me to the ER himself, rather than waiting for an ambulance, no station being nearby (in those days the old Cadillac models, like in the movie Ghostbusters).
We got to the ER and a woman waiting to be seen there actually vomited when she saw me, totally soaked in blood, my clothes ripped to shreds, my skin hanging off me. I looked like something from a horror movie.
But I was still under my own power, I refused a gurney, just walked right in over their protests, and they dressed my injuries pretty fast, while my Father arrived with fresh clothes. He & I declined an overnight stay, it was all superficial, no deep wounds, nothing broken, just a lot of blood and skin loss, and I was mostly unfazed by it. I was bandaged almost like a mummy, and had a tetanus shot, I think some antibiotics, and home we went.
Less than 2 weeks later I had repaired the bike myself and was riding it again, still wearing most of my bandages. Gawd I was a holy terror in those days, no wonder I never suspected I was gay based on the sissy stereotypes we wrongly believed back then. And today -- a useless old guy, who remembers grinding metal and sparks flying in the night darkness over 40 years ago.