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As the sun peeked1 over the mountains the next morning, Mater yawned, stretched, and drove out to the edge of the new road. Doc drove up next to him, and the two autos surveyed the blacktop. It reached into the horizon, as flat and even as a field of fresh snow.
"He's done," Mater said quietly. "He musta finished it while we were all sleepin'."
"Good riddance," Doc grumbled2. As he drove away, he passed the rest of the townsfolk, who were gazing sadly at the road, thinking Lightning was gone.
"He's gone?" Flo asked.
"Well," Sarge said, trying to rally his friends and keep up a brave face, "we wouldn't want him to miss that race of his."
"Oh, dude," Ramone said to Sheriff, whose eyes were sparkling, "are you crying?"
"What?" Sheriff was choked up, but he didn't want the others to see what a big softy he was. "No, no, no!" he insisted. "I'm happy. I don't have to watch him every second of the day anymore. I'm glad he's gone."
Red burst into tears and drove away, knocking over Luigi's stack of tires—again.
"What's wrong with Red?" a voice asked. It was Lightning.
"Oh, he's just sad 'cause you left town," Mater explained, "and went to your big race to win the Piston3 Cup that you've always dreamed about your whole life and get that big ol' sponsor and that fancy helicopter you were talkin' about—"
"Lightning! There you are!" The townsfolk gathered around the race car, chattering4 happily.
"Wait a minute!" Mater said, the truth finally dawning on him. "Aw, I knew you wouldn't leave without saying good-bye." He gave Lightning a friendly punch with his tire.
"What are you doing here, son?" Sheriff demanded. "You're gonna miss your race. Now, don't worry, I'll give you a police escort, and we'll make up the time."
"Thank you, Sheriff," Lightning said gratefully. "Well, you know, I can't go just yet." He smiled playfully.
The town looked at one another in confusion. "Why not?" Sheriff asked.
"I'm not sure these tires can get me all the way to California," Lightning replied, glancing at Luigi and Guido.
"Pit stop?" Guido asked hopefully.
"Yeah," Lightning said. "Does anybody know what time Luigi's opens?"
"Oh-ho-ho!" Luigi said, laughing. "I can't believe it!" He quickly flipped5 over his CLOSED sign to read OPEN, and the two Italian cars rolled aside so that Lightning could come into their garage for a complete overhaul6. "Four new tires?" Luigi cried, thrilled. "Grazie, Mr. Lightning, grazie."
"Would you look at that?" Flo said as the townsfolk peered at Lightning through Luigi's freshly cleaned window.
"Our first real customer in years!" Luigi said as he secured Lightning in a lift. "I am filled with-a tears of ecstasy7, for this is a most glorious day of my life."
"All right, Luigi, give me the best set of black walls you got," Lightning ordered.
The lift dropped sharply down. "No, no, no, no," Luigi said as he made his way to a special curtained-off section of the store. "You don't-a know what you want. Black wall tires, they blend into the pavement, but these—" He whipped back the curtain. "Whitewall tires—they say, ‘Look at me! Here I am! Loooove me!'"
"All right," Lightning said mildly, "you're the expert. Oh, and don't forget the spare." And with that, Luigi and Guido got to work.
"Uh-huh-huh?" Luigi said with a grin as Lightning admired his new whitewalls in a three-way mirror. "What did Luigi tell you, eh?"
"Wow, you were right," Lightning admitted, smiling at his flashy new tires. "Better than a Ferrari, huh?"
Luigi's smile evaporated. "Eh, no."
Lightning decided8 he'd better check out all the stores in town. "Wow," he said as he tasted some of Fillmore's organic fuel. "This organic fuel is great! Why haven't I heard about it before?"
"It's a conspiracy9, man!" Fillmore shouted. "The oil companies got a grip on the government. They're feeding us a bunch of lies, man!"
"Okay," Lightning said slowly. "I'll take a case!"
Next, he went to Sarge's Surplus Hut and picked out some night-vision goggles10 for his drive to California. Then he chose a few Radiator11 Springs bumper12 stickers from Lizzie's memorabilia shop. At Ramone's, he got a snazzy new paint job—with a brand-new lightning bolt design. "Yeah!" Lightning said, laughing as he looked at the fresh paint. "Ka-chow!"
When Sally saw Lightning later that day, she couldn't believe his makeover. He was sparkling and detailed13 to perfection.
"Ka-pow!" Lightning said, showing off his new look. "What do you think? Radiator Springs looks pretty good on me."
Sally laughed. "I'll say!" She checked out his new paint job. "Ka-chow!" she said admiringly.
"You're gonna fit right in, in California," she continued, looking at him all the while.
Suddenly, Sally realized something. "Oh my goodness, it looks like you've helped everybody in town."
"Yeah, everybody except one… . ," Lightning said, cuing the town to light up their signs. One by one, the lights flickered14 on.
"They fixed15 their neon," Sally said quietly, taking in the beauty of the town.
"Just like in its heyday16, right?" Lightning said.
Sally sighed. "It's even better than I pictured it. Thank you."
Just then, Flo pulled onto the brand-new street. "Low and slow?" she said to Ramone.
"Oh, yeah," he agreed, and in the next moment, he and his wife were cruising down the strip. The two cars snuggled close, happier than they had been in years.
Lightning tried to take Sally for a cruise, but Lizzie stole him away.
"Lizzie!" Sally said in protest.
Mater was right there. "Miss Sally, may I have this cruise?" he asked.
Sally smiled. "Of course."
Lightning tried to dodge17 away from Lizzie, but she wouldn't let him escape her.
"I remember when Stanley first asked me to take a drive with him," she said, reminiscing.
Lightning was wondering how he could get to Sally when Mater towed him away. Lizzie happily continued to talk to herself.
"Hey!" Lightning said as he finally found himself next to Sally.
"Thanks, Mater," Sally said to the tow truck.
"Good evenin', you two." Mater gave Sally a broad wink18, then drove off backward.
Just as Lightning and Sally were about to start cruising, Flo pulled up to them. She was looking at the horizon.
"Is that what I think it is?" she asked.
A wall of headlights was coming straight in their direction.
"Customers?" Sally asked.
"Customers!" Flo cried, her voice edged with excitement. The town looked great. Maybe this was finally their big chance to get back on the map. "Customers, everybody, and a lot of 'em. You know what to do. Just like we rehearsed."
Suddenly, a helicopter roared overhead, sweeping19 a light across the town.
"It's the ghost light!" Mater cried. Terrified, he drove away.
"We have found Lightning!" blasted a voice from a PA system. "We have found Lightning!"
麦坤总算和莎莉走在一起了,他迫不及待地跟莎莉打招 呼:“嗨!”


1 peeked c7b2fdc08abef3a4f4992d9023ed9bb8     
v.很快地看( peek的过去式和过去分词 );偷看;窥视;微露出
  • She peeked over the top of her menu. 她从菜单上往外偷看。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • On two occasions she had peeked at him through a crack in the wall. 她曾两次透过墙缝窥视他。 来自辞典例句
2 grumbled ed735a7f7af37489d7db1a9ef3b64f91     
抱怨( grumble的过去式和过去分词 ); 发牢骚; 咕哝; 发哼声
  • He grumbled at the low pay offered to him. 他抱怨给他的工资低。
  • The heat was sweltering, and the men grumbled fiercely over their work. 天热得让人发昏,水手们边干活边发着牢骚。
3 piston w2Rz7     
  • They use a piston engine instead.他们改用活塞发动机。
  • The piston moves by steam pressure.活塞在蒸汽压力下运动。
4 chattering chattering     
n. (机器振动发出的)咔嗒声,(鸟等)鸣,啁啾 adj. 喋喋不休的,啾啾声的 动词chatter的现在分词形式
  • The teacher told the children to stop chattering in class. 老师叫孩子们在课堂上不要叽叽喳喳讲话。
  • I was so cold that my teeth were chattering. 我冷得牙齿直打战。
5 flipped 5bef9da31993fe26a832c7d4b9630147     
轻弹( flip的过去式和过去分词 ); 按(开关); 快速翻转; 急挥
  • The plane flipped and crashed. 飞机猛地翻转,撞毁了。
  • The carter flipped at the horse with his whip. 赶大车的人扬鞭朝着马轻轻地抽打。
6 overhaul yKGxy     
  • Master Worker Wang is responsible for the overhaul of this grinder.王师傅主修这台磨床。
  • It is generally appreciated that the rail network needs a complete overhaul.众所周知,铁路系统需要大检修。
7 ecstasy 9kJzY     
  • He listened to the music with ecstasy.他听音乐听得入了神。
  • Speechless with ecstasy,the little boys gazed at the toys.小孩注视着那些玩具,高兴得说不出话来。
8 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
9 conspiracy NpczE     
  • The men were found guilty of conspiracy to murder.这些人被裁决犯有阴谋杀人罪。
  • He claimed that it was all a conspiracy against him.他声称这一切都是一场针对他的阴谋。
10 goggles hsJzYP     
  • Skiers wear goggles to protect their eyes from the sun.滑雪者都戴上护目镜使眼睛不受阳光伤害。
  • My swimming goggles keep steaming up so I can't see.我的护目镜一直有水雾,所以我看不见。
11 radiator nTHxu     
  • The two ends of the pipeline are connected with the radiator.管道的两端与暖气片相连接。
  • Top up the radiator before making a long journey.在长途旅行前加满散热器。
12 bumper jssz8     
  • The painting represents the scene of a bumper harvest.这幅画描绘了丰收的景象。
  • This year we have a bumper harvest in grain.今年我们谷物丰收。
13 detailed xuNzms     
  • He had made a detailed study of the terrain.他对地形作了缜密的研究。
  • A detailed list of our publications is available on request.我们的出版物有一份详细的目录备索。
14 flickered 93ec527d68268e88777d6ca26683cc82     
(通常指灯光)闪烁,摇曳( flicker的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The lights flickered and went out. 灯光闪了闪就熄了。
  • These lights flickered continuously like traffic lights which have gone mad. 这些灯象发狂的交通灯一样不停地闪动着。
15 fixed JsKzzj     
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你们俩选定婚期了吗?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。
16 heyday CdTxI     
  • The 19th century was the heyday of steam railways.19世纪是蒸汽机车鼎盛的时代。
  • She was a great singer in her heyday.她在自己的黄金时代是个了不起的歌唱家。
17 dodge q83yo     
  • A dodge behind a tree kept her from being run over.她向树后一闪,才没被车从身上辗过。
  • The dodge was coopered by the police.诡计被警察粉碎了。
18 wink 4MGz3     
  • He tipped me the wink not to buy at that price.他眨眼暗示我按那个价格就不要买。
  • The satellite disappeared in a wink.瞬息之间,那颗卫星就消失了。
19 sweeping ihCzZ4     
  • The citizens voted for sweeping reforms.公民投票支持全面的改革。
  • Can you hear the wind sweeping through the branches?你能听到风掠过树枝的声音吗?
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