Hi there. My name is Robert. I live in a fairly populated city in the eastern US. I would consider myself to be a night owl, and it’s gotten me into trouble more times than I can count. Now, when I say trouble, I don’t just mean not getting enough sleep before an important exam or something along those lines. No, I mean the times where I actually place myself into potential danger. This is what I’ll be focusing on. More specifically, I’ll be focusing on an event which happened a few nights ago.
It was about 1:30 AM, and I had just come off of a migraine that I was suffering through. I had lain in bed all day, and wanted to do something. So, I decided I would go out for a drive. I took a quick shower, then went out to my car.
I wasn’t really sure where it was I was going to go. I just started up my music, and started leaving my subdivision. I got out onto the main road, and decided I would drive to a place fairly close that I had not been to before. I knew that it had some hills, and figured it would be a fairly entertaining drive. I turned on to a road I knew fairly well, and figured I would drive north to an area less populated. I guess you could consider it a “country” area. The houses were all spread out, and there weren’t many stores, gas stations, etc.
Once I got about three miles beyond the part of the road I knew, I stopped at a four-way stop. I checked my surroundings, and proceeded. Because it was dark, I did not realize until I pulled onto it; the road had turned to dirt. At this point, the forest got pretty heavy as well. The road was fairly wide, consisting of what seemed to be three lanes. I assumed this was because there were lots of driveways, which were not too safe to pull into because of the hills. The second it turned to dirt, I decided I would turn around a little further up, as I was not comfortable driving on it.
Before long, I came across a large branch in the road, which I was not able to drive around. I stopped my car about fifteen feet away from it. It immediately seemed strange to me because it was not windy at all. The odds of a branch falling were very low. It also looked very unnatural, as if it were thrown there, rather than having fallen. Furthermore, it seemed as if the branch had been dead for quite some time. The leaves looked dry, and the branch looked rotted. It just seemed as if it didn’t belong there.
Because I’ve heard many stories about this type of thing being a trap, I was on edge right away. Within seconds of looking the branch over, I shifted into reverse, and quickly turned around. While I still had my foot on the brake before shifting into drive, the red light illuminated the area behind me. I looked in the mirror one last time before driving away. Believe me or not, but I know what I saw. Two people began climbing out of the forest on each side of the branch. They were both wearing dark clothes, and I believe they had white masks on. It was either this or that both of them were very pale. I don’t know for sure, as I only saw them for a second. In horror, I slammed my foot on the gas, and quickly drove back down the dirt road.
I don’t know what those people planned to do, but obviously, they did not have good intentions. They probably placed the branch there, expecting someone to get out of his or her car to move it out of the way. This is when they’d strike. Think what would have happened if I lived further down that road. I would’ve had to move it to proceed. I did not call the police because I figured they would’ve left after I sped away the way I did. The police would’ve shown up to see nothing out of the ordinary.
While I was fortunate, someone else may not have been. I want to turn this into an example. Remember to act with caution when getting out of your car at night. There are people in this world with evil intentions. While something may seem like a natural occurrence, it may not be. You can’t assume “Oh, that wouldn’t happen to me.” just because the odds are so low. I had never expected something like this to occur. It could happen to anyone. Be mindful of this. You never know what danger is waiting for you when you simply get out of your car to move a branch out of your way.