A. and I return to our car, going home from a dinner party. We get into the car. I’m driving. The car is parallel parked and the street is slick and a light rain is coming down. I maneuver the car out of its space but the car gets stuck in reverse. I try to hit the brakes but they fail and we careens down the hill. I try to pull the emergency brake but that has no effect. I try pulling the car out of gear and forcing it into first again. At this point the steering wheel is even becoming less and less responsive to my tugging and pulling. The back window fogs up and I tell A. to brace herself.