It was a Saturday evening, my friend invited me to his house party, so I and my other friends carpooled to the party. The location of his house was 1 hour away from my place. I knew where he lived as I used to visit him since our childhood. The whole ride there was a route through the woods and his place was right between the woods. At a certain phase, there were 2-3 houses on either side of the road and closest neighbors were relatively far away. Usually, in the night it would be empty highways.
We reached and it was a wild party. We were having a great time. One of my friends with whom I carpooled left from the party due to some family emergency. Another few hours and after another few drinks, my other friend could barely walk straight and passed out at the host’s place. Even I was down with few drinks. I checked my watch and it was like 11:45 pm. I was supposed to reach home by 12:30. I figured it was time to go. I could have stayed at a friend’s place but my family was a little strict about curfews and night-outs. So, I started looking for rides but couldn’t find any. It seemed like everybody I knew had already left. Not knowing what else to do, I dizzily stepped out on to the road and began walking back home.
It was stupid of me thinking that I’m a boy and there’s nothing to fear about walking home alone. I started walking and almost after 30 minutes of walking I saw the slight shine of car headlights on the road. I lifted my arms and stuck out my thumb, the car slowed down and came to a stop right next to me. The woman inside the car rolled down the window and asked, “Where are you going?” I told her my house was just down the road and beyond the left turn. She said, “Don’t worry, I’ll drop you. Hop in!” I thanked her and in relief, I hopped into the car.
I was exhausted, I remember the woman was asking me questions about the party. I was so close to just passing out in the car. And, that was the biggest mistake I did. The next thing, I remember I woke up still in the moving car. I was supposed to reach in the next 30 minutes, but it was 2 am. I was not able to find my phone. The woman creepily looked at me. I looked around and realized the road we were on wasn’t familiar. I nervously asked, “Where are we?”, She then said, ”Oh, we almost reached!” But I was nowhere near my house. That’s when scary reality hit me!
I nervously asked her to drop me right away. She responded to me in a firm, NO! I felt like throwing up when she said that. I started to gag as I felt more and more nauseous. I turned to her direction as I continued to gag, she leaned away from me. She slowed down the car and screamed at me. No one outside the car could listen to her scream because we were in an isolated area. She yelled at me in frustration and stopped the car. That’s when I took it upon myself and pulled out her car keys, managed to get outside the car. I ran towards the residential area as fast as I could.
As soon as I realized she’s not following me and her car wasn’t on the road. By some miracle, I saw another car approaching in the distance and I ran out into the middle of the street, waving my arms like lunatic, By God’s grace, It was a police car. I yelled at the police car to help me before that crazy lady came back. I told them everything about the woman who almost tried to kidnap me.
The police asked me to come inside the car, they calmed me down and asked about the car. With all the things that happened to me at that moment, I forgot to note down the car details. I was only able to tell them about the woman and a car. They dropped me at my place. I made it back safely where I couldn’t thank the police enough. My parents were all worried about me. I told them about the incident. Guess what? My phone was with her, the police tracked my phone. They found the car but the lady isn’t found yet.
It’s been 2 years, the memory hasn’t faded yet. Every morning it’s fresh in my mind. With my experience, I could only say hitchhiking is not nearly as dangerous as some people make it out to be, but there’s a huge risk involved. You never know what will happen next.