The stranger's dilemma

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Submitted: December 04, 2017

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I was too upset to even call my best friend Holly back. Today is my birthday and she promised to come out drinking with me. Yet here I am alone on my thirtieth birthday in a smelly bar in a remote town of Texas.  When exactly did it get this sad for me?

I’ve been waiting for her for a couple of hours now. She messaged me saying that she was sorry and couldn’t make it and this was my only explanation from her: “It’s complicated, Celeste”.

What the hell does that even mean, I am curious.

I had been sitting at the bar drinking shots of Patron for so long now; I had lost notion of the time. I am not even sure if I’m supposed to drink this much alcohol while on my medication. Who the fuck cares, anyway? I’m alone. I think to myself.

“Hey gorgeous, I’m Tyler”, a scruffy brunette man sits on the bar stool beside me.

“Not interested. Go away, please”, I uttered without acknowledging his presence.

“Okay, I understand. You look alone and sad, that’s all. I thought I’d come over and try to cheer you up. But if you want to be alone, hey, I can respect that”, he politely says.

“Is this really how you pick up women at bars?” I turned to him to ask and he chuckles as he looks down to his feet possibly embarrassed.

“I mean, does it work for you?” I ask again.

“Well, you know, sometimes”, he replies with a smile.

“Let me rephrase; does it work on women with a higher IQ than Tickle-Me-Elmo?”

“No, ma’am, it has not. That’s funny”, he says and I smile, too, he does look attractive.

“I didn’t mean to bother you, just saw you from across and it took me a little while to muster up the courage to come say hello”, he says timidly.

“Okay, well, hello, Tyler, I am Celeste and today is my birthday and I am all alone as you can see”, I extend my hand and he shakes it.

“Nice to meet you, Celeste and happy birthday. A beautiful woman like you shouldn’t be alone ever, especially on her birthday”, he flirts (or at least he tries to).

“Yeah, well, what can I say, shit happens”, I tell him.

“Do you mind if I sit?”

“Go right ahead, why not, huh?” I smile welcoming him next to me and we begin to talk. I tell him how I love the cosmic and the planets. I told him about how my mother would take me to watch the stars when I was a little girl. Some of the memories I treasure with her before she passed away.

“I can take you, Celeste. There’s this place, where you can clearly see the stars. It’s beautiful”, he tells me.

“Really?” I ask him.

“Yes! I can take you if you want”, he stares at me with such a charming smile on his face.

Now, sober Celeste knows better than to accept rides from strangers she just met. However, Tyler is genuinely sweet and so I accept.

He pays my tab at the bar and leads me outside to his car parallel parked nearby.

“You’re going to love this place, Celeste, I promise”, he opens the door to his 2004 gray Pontiac and I take a deep breath before going inside.

The ride seemed a little long, but I think that was due to the fact that I was very nervous. He was actually very nice; making sure I wasn’t too cold or asking me to play the radio to any station. And then we arrived and parked on the side of the road. There were trees on both left and right sides, very dark and mysterious woods.

“We’re here”, he eagerly steps off the car and hurries to open my door.

“Come on, it’s here!” he takes my hand and we walk into the woods, my stomach was in knots until we finally arrived to a valley and I was able to look up at the beautiful dark sky just covered with shimmering stars resembling diamonds.

“See, what’d I tell ya, Celeste?” He smiled at me and finally I was able to exhale. As I was admiring this beautiful enviable view, I felt Tyler’s arms wrap around my waist and how quickly he attempted to kiss my neck.

“No! What are you doing?” I quickly moved away.

“What do you mean?”

“We’re here, watching the stars as you wanted”, he tells me.

“Just because I accepted to come with you doesn’t mean I gave you my consent for anything further”, I let him know.

“Well, maybe I feel like you owe me”, he says and quickly smacks me and I groan. I run away but he reaches up to me and overpowers me while throwing me on the floor.

“Stop it, Tyler, please!” I beg to no avail. And I feel him on top of me. He pulls my hair and grunts and then it’s all over. I got raped, I thought to myself. And then he takes a knife from his cargo pants and before I can scream; “No!” he lunges it inside me over and over again.

“I’m sorry, Celeste, I can’t have you going to the police now, I’m on probation”, he says to me.

I begin to choke on my own blood and I know I am dying. I struggle to talk as I lie helplessly on the ground. He stares at me with his bloody hand and splatter all over his face.

“I am HIV positive”, I reveal to him.

“What?!” he jumps up from on top of me and pulls away in utter astonishment.

“I guess—I killed you back”, were my last words.


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