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Saved at Midnight

My shyness had grown into a reclusive behavior affected by the jibes of betrayal. I never wanted to be near people, because it often led to false stories about me and treacherous actions. Midnight walks were therefore quite a treat. It was risky but addictive. The evening breeze, silence and empty road lanes, where agreeable to me. I would sneak out of home and tread the city streets without a care, till one night I met something that broke cycle.
As I trekked along the lonely road, I saw a car some distance away. Suddenly the car increased its speed. I realized there was a group of men in it. As the car drew near me, I prayed that it would pass but it did not, instead the driver reduced its speed to fit my pace. I had read of a car rape incident in the newspapers two weeks before, it was horrible - I was not going to let it happen to me.
Running I kept praying, “save me Lord and I will never walk late in the night again”, but the car had sped right to my heels. Suddenly at a junction connecting to the main road, I spotted a tall dark man dressed in a white shirt and trouser, holding a colourless plastic folder. I guess the men in the car saw him too, because they reversed the car, turned and sped off. I run on breathless and reached the junction panting.
“Are you okay” the man asked. “Ye-s-s-s” I gasped. “What is a girl like you doing …walking on your own at this time of the night,” he questioned. “I was just taking a walk,” I answered. “Do you know what harm could have befallen you,” he asked with concern. I never responded because I had just experienced a hint of the danger this habit could expose me too.
We walked together awhile and when I was in a much safer place. He said “isn’t your home nearby here – your safe now…goodnight.” I walked away from him forgetting to say thanks. But after taking some steps, I looked back, intending to make a gesture of my gratitude to him. But there was no sign of him. I run faster than I had ever, got into the house and promised never to take late night walks again. I still wonder who that man really was.

Comments

Leina's picture

Dear Linda,

Dear Linda,
You prayed,God is real it must have been an angel.

lindalilian's picture

An Angel?

I've thought about too..must have been...

LL

amymorros's picture

Saved

Thanks for submitting your story. I am glad you are safe. I hope someday it will always be safe for women to walk alone at night.
I have had the experience at times when someone does something nice and does not want the recognition or the attention. It was a truly selfless act.

Amy

Amy
@amyinstl

kati.mayfield's picture

Reflecting

I agree with Amy's wish, that someday it will always be safe for women (and anyone, I suppose) to walk alone at night in Uganda, in the United States ... anywhere. I also enjoy sneaking late night walks, especially when the moon is out, and reflecting on my life.

Do you think of ways you could make yourself safer while walking at night? Bringing a dog with you ... taking self defense classes ... bringing along a man with a "colourless plastic folder"? I love your portrayal of him. I wonder what was in that folder ...

Hopefully World Pulse is giving you a place to share yourself without fear of "jibes of betrayal ... and treacherous actions", I am very happy to be reading your stories!

Walk safely, and please keep writing

-Kati

*resolved this year to think twice and to smile twice before doing anything*

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