Into The Fog…

Alex quickly assesses the situation. He felt he could not, and should not, hang around to change the flat tire.  He did not know if the tall ISIS clad stranger would return for a rematch with reinforcements. And, he feared for the fair maiden’s safety…

Alex looked up at her and said, “we have to get you home to safety quickly. There is no telling if or when that guy will return…  And he may come back and bring a lot more friends.”…

“But we can’t just leave my truck here”, she complained.. Alex replied with, “I will take care of it once I get you home. I can’t worry both about you and the car!”…  “Do you live far from here?” he asked. “No, I live just a few blocks away”…  “Great, get in my truck, give me directions, and I’ll drop you off.”…  He then added, “In the meantime, you can notify the authorities and give them the details.  I’m sure that nothing will come of it, but it’s always better to play by their rules”…

Kassie unlocked and opened her door. Alex offered his hand as she was about to step down. She defiantly ignored his outstretched hand and exited her vehicle on her own. As she walked around his truck to get to the passenger side door, , Kassie noticed that he was close behind her…  “Why are you following me?” she asked quite testily…  “A gentleman always opens a door for a lady” he replied..  With a slight smirk on her face she retorted with. “I can do it myself!”..  Alex used the car’s key feature to unlock the passenger side door..

Kassie entered the cab, closed the door behind her, made herself comfortable and settled in…  Alex went around to the driver’s side, dropped his armament quickly into the back of his truck. He then entered and settled into his side of the cab…

“Oh”, he suddenly remembered…  “If you can do me a small favor, I just bought perishables at the farm? If you can store them in your refrigerator for me while I’m taking care of your car, I would greatly appreciate it?”…

“Yes, I guess I can do that for you”, she said…  Kassie then gave Alex  directions to get to her home as Alex started his truck…

Alex turned onto the street that led to where her home was..  “It’s just a few dozen blocks further up”, she indicated…  They were on a typical suburban tree lined block with grass for a sidewalk…  Ales’s eyes took in the beautiful scene on this bright, pleasant sunny day. There seemed to be not a cloud in the sky…  As he passed the first block however, he noticed what appeared to be a a fog bank forming way ahead of him and in the path he had to travel…

The fog seemed to be getting thicker, and he realized that not only was he moving toward the fog, but the fog seemed to be moving towards him.  Suddenly, he realized he was totally engulfed by the fog. He had begun to slow down when he first saw the fog, but now he was down to a crawl… Not wishing to be in the middle of the road just in case some nut came careening thru, Alex slowly veered off road towards the grassy side…  His last visual memory of the area was that there was a clear, unobstructed patch near to his last position…  He felt the texture change from hard road to grass…  He brought the truck to a stop…

Alex did the best he could under the circumstances..  Safety first.. Alex turned to Kassie and said, “I guess we’re stuck here until the fog lifts”.  “I guess we are”, she offered…   Then she added, “I have never seen a fog this thick before”…  “Nor so sudden”, Alex added…  Suddenly they realized they no longer heard the hum of the engine…  Alex tries to restart it, but not even a click was heard…  “Now that’s interesting”, he said…  “It’s like the engine is dead. How can that be?”..  “Fogs don’t cause that”. He added..

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