A Creepy Night in a Cincinnati Motel

So this happened about three years ago during the last weeks I lived in Cincinnati. I was staying in this cheap little motel right of the interstate in one of the suburbs (not going to name the township for privacy reasons). It wasn’t as bad as some of the motels in the area but it was still shady. It was one of those places that was laid out kind of like a complex, about 7 or 8 single story buildings broken up where you could smoke in the rooms and the others were smoke free.

I was dating an amazing girl at this time who was a few years younger than me, and drop dead gorgeous. I only emphasize this as its relevent to the story, but anytime we were out in public she was turning heads. She also always had a lot of admirerers of both sexes. Well one evening we decided we needed to make a run to the closest station to grab munchies, some tall boys and cigarettes before a night of anime binging (I had her into the show RWBY at the time)

It was a good little ten minute walk down to the closest station and to get there we basically just walked across a sea of connected parking lots that started at a Wendy’s and included a huge hardware store, two strip malls, a Chinese resteraunt and the Shell station that was our destination. So we sit out on our little mini adventure, still giddy from the bowl we had just smoked. My girlfriend was dressed to kill this night wearing a corset, short skirt and black leggings with her favorite boots (yeah she was a goth girl and she wore it very well) and she was skipping along just being silly when I became aware that a car was creeping along behind us.

This didn’t quite compute with me at first as we weren’t obstructing it, we were walking on an island. Then the car started to pull up along side us and I instinctively put myself between it and my girlfriend. I’m not a big guy by any standards, but I grew up in a tough neighborhood so I can fend for myself. The car is a long four door model (not sure exactly what kind as it was fairly dark and I only saw it in profile) that was this dark red looking color from what I could make out in the poor lighting.

There are at least three men in the car that I can see. The one in the passenger seat goes “Yo, that your woman?” And gestures to my gf. At this point I’m regretting the decision to make this little walk and just take a deep breath “Yeah. What of it?” I said giving him a look that clearly says this is an unwelcome and uninvited interaction. We start walking again slowly hoping they’ll get the picture. They pull up again “How much?” The guy says and I stop in my tracks, my girl’s jaw just kind of drops. I don’t even dignify this guy with an answer but nudge my girl forward and just stare them down as I follow close behind her.

By now one hand is in my pocket gripping my knife expecting this whole thing to go south at any moment. I whisper harshly in my girl’s ear that if anything happens to bolt to the Chinese place and do whatever she needed. I knew what guys like these were about, and keeping her safe was the only thing on my mind. The car follows us at a distance, almost seeming to lose interest in us after we get past the resturant and make it to the station parking lot.

We rush in, get our things but when we come outside there they sit, in the resturant parking lot looking right at us. ‘So we’re doing this’ I think and hook the bag with our things on my left arm and my girl locks her arm with my right. She don’t look scared and her voice betrays no fear but the grip she has on my arm tells me she’s scared. Unfortunately other than a few cars at the Chinese place the strip mall lots are deserted so we’re going to be walking in the open until we get to the Wendy’s which isn’t even in sight from here.

I lead my grl towards the strip mall and away from the car. As soon as they begin following us I yell for her to run and we begin a dead sprint towards the hardware store. Just past it is a steep hill and no path or road. If we could make that hill we could get out of sight long enough to get to the Wendy’s before the car could. Of course there was the possibility of at least one getting out of the car to chase after us but it was a measured risk.

We managed to hide in the area where the dumpsters were, and no one got out to chase us. I peered out a gap in the fence and saw the car drive past slowly. They didn’t stop at the Wendy’s but instead to my horror turned into the motel parking lot across the street. The motel we were staying in. Had this been daytime we could of taken a side gate back away from the main entrance but after dark the owner padlocked the gate. The car parked itself on the inclined parking lot facing the road. From there they would see us the second we came out of hiding.

I am not sure how long we stayed there but eventually two of the guys got out of the car and walked over to the Wendy’s. Apparently stalking us made them hungry. That left one in the car. Gripping my girl’s hand we ran across the street and past the car. Thankfully the driver was one of the people that had gotten out. The man in the back of the car yelled at us as we darted past and disappeared into the complex. At the building my room was in someone had checked in that had a trailer with a boat on it and we hid behind that as the guy came running after us. When he passed us we finished the trip to our room and collapsed on the bed, keeping the lights out. The rest of the night we periodically saw that car cruising around outside like it was still looking for us. They had to of been pretty determined to do… I don’t like to think of what to me and my girl. Anyway thought I would share. Hope you enjoy