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A Helping Hand

Jessica:

It's so cold out here, how am I going to last the night? At this rate I'm going to get hyperthermia. At least I was able to find some food, water, and a place to sleep where no one can find me. Caves are so cold, but at least they block out the wind. I'd probably already be dead if I was outside. Now the next thing I have to do is start a fire so I can stay warm, and then I can finally get some sleep. After finding some twigs, and stones I was able to get a fire going. Finally, now I can get some sleep I'm exhausted.

The next morning I woke up to the fire out, and the smell of fresh air. Gosh I really love sleeping outside (except for the cold), I slept like a baby. Now time to find a road or a highway around here, but I'm going to have to be careful they could still be around here looking for me. I tried to stand up and instantly winced, I forgot about my injury. Well This is going to slow me down a bit, but I can't stop. My life is literally on the line here.

I felt the breeze as soon as I limped out of the cave. I took a deep breath and mentally prepared myself for the torment I'm going to be going through the entire day. This is not going to be fun. As I'm walking through the tree's and bushes I feel the twigs, and rocks continuously stabbing my feet and my body. Just keep going...I have to keep going. I don't want to die out here, I refuse to die out here.

After what seems like hours of walking I finally reached a road. If I stay hidden while I follow the road maybe I can find someone to help me and give me a lift. Where am I going to go? Should I go to the police? I can't go home, and I can't go to Melanie's house. If my brother told them all about me, then Melanie's house will be the first place they look.

I can hear a car in the distance, now's my chance to get help! I ran out of the bushes and started waving my arms like a lunatic. "Stop! Please stop, I need help. Can you help me?" The car in front of me began to screech to a stop before it could hit me. A man I didn't know came out and looked me over, and I looked down. Oh..my...goodness I forgot I was practically naked! I did my best to cover myself as I said to the man "Please I'm begging you, I need help. Can you please give me a ride?"

The man looked at me with what I hope is concern, "of course I can give you a lift. Is there anywhere in particular you would like to go...? Like the police station?"

That's the question...where do I go? Where can I go? Maybe it's for the best if I go to the police station. They can give me a place to stay, or arrest my brother until my parents get back. Wait... I can't, he's my brother even if he stabbed me in the back. I can't do that to him, maybe he did it for a reason. I can't go to the police station either...I don't think they will be able to do anything that could help me. "I don't need to go to the police station...but..."

The man looked at me questioningly, then sighed "let me guess, you don't have anywhere to go do you?"

Can I trust this man with everything that I went through? Should I tell him or keep it to myself? What if he's working with them and takes me back? Either way, the only thing I can do right now is put my trust in this man, and hope he doesn't betray me.

"I do have somewhere I can go...but I can't go there. The people who kidnapped me will find me if I decide to go there, and that could get my friend killed. I don't want that...so no, I do not have anywhere to go."

"shouldn't you be going to the police with this? If you were kidnapped that's a pretty serious crime, and you could have died. Why didn't you ask to go to the police station when I offered?"

How can I answer him? How much information should I reveal? "It's very complicated...that'd all I can say for now. Please don't take me there, I can't go there. I know it seems weird, and I don't deserve it, but I'm asking you to trust me. I can't go to the police station with this, they won't be able to help me."

The man got out and walked to the back of his car. "follow me, I have some clothes in the trunk that you can change into. It's better than walking around, or being in a car with me like that. As for a place to stay... I think I have somewhere you can hide out at for a while if you'd like? There's food and water there too, it will give you time to think of your next move, and what your gonna do."

I could feel myself blushing under the mans words...ugh this is so embarrassing. "Thank you so much for your hospitality, I will never forget this."

The man threw me a shirt as he spoke "I sure hope you don't because neither will I. It's not everyday you get to help a pretty woman like yourself in a situation like this." He came up to me and put out his hand. "I'm Alexander Dawson by the way, nice to meet you!"

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