Stiletto and wheels Stiletto title Sole to sole Stiletto

STILETTO – a high pointed HEEL on a woman’s shoe or a small dagger.

WHEELS – a medieval instrument of torture or a vehicle for personal mobility. title
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I need a wheelchair.

I go to a wheelchair shop. We found it in the yellow pages (no-one is on the internet in 1998!). It is in Watford. I have never shopped in Watford in my life. I am not feeling good about this.

The shop is in a Portakabin in a car park. I do not want to go in. It is full of scooters, wheelchairs, sticks, commodes. I hate it.

We go in. I am barely able to stand. I lean on EaZyD and have a tripod walking stick in the other hand. I hate this too. I sit on a chair. I hate the salesman. I want to leave as quickly as possible.

EaZyD explains what we need: a basic folding wheelchair with small wheels to go in the boot of our car. This is a short-term need. I will be walking soon – when they find out what is wrong with me. I want a cheap chair. I stare out of the window, fixedly.

The salesman shows us a chair. It is bright purple. Other wheelchairs are red, green, pink. Why do they come in these disgusting colours?

‘It has to be black,’ I say. The salesman is trying to be nice. He says people like the colours, especially children. I stare at him, coldly. I am dressed in black. He gets it. He brings me a wheelchair in black with an ugly chrome frame.

‘Fine,’ I say. I sit in the wheelchair. He tries to ask if it is comfortable, the right size. I look at EaZyD.

‘We’ll take it,’ he says to the salesman. ‘It is fine.’

We drive home, in silence.

I have a wheelchair.

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