Sally was studying in a college in the Boston area. It was nearing the end of the school year and she didn't have the money to pay for the airfare to get home in Florida. She saw in the newspaper that a man was driving to Florida in about a week and needed someone to pay for half the gas.
She jumped at the idea and called right away. Her roommate said, "Are you sure you want to ride with a perfect stranger?"
Sally said, "It will be alright. It is just this one time."
The man was ready and waiting in front of her dorm building and helped her carry her luggage to the car. He seemed like a polite man, although he did have long hair and a scraggly beard. They seemed to get along well and they wanted to keep going. He asked her if she wanted to drive for awhile so he could get some sleep, so she took over the wheel.
It was a long trip and they were both tired. As they entered Florida he got off the highway and Sally said, "Where are we going? Why did you get off of the highway?"
His whole demeanor changed in an instant. This pleasant considerate man turned into a monster at the blink of an eye. He slowed down the car and pulled to the side of the road. He pulled out a knife and held it to her throat. "From now on you are mine. Do you understand that?"
Sally said, "Why are you doing this? Please get back on the highway, please."
He grinned as he continued on his way. Soon he pulled off of the paved road and took a dirt road that was narrow and lasted for miles. Soon they came to an old shack. He turned to her and bellowed, "This is your new home. I hope you like it here." Then he laughed and laughed.
Getting out of the car he went to her side and pulled her out. She resisted but he was to big and strong for her. They went inside and she looked around. She saw a shelf and it appeared like four human skulls were lined up in a row on it. "Is that what I think it is?"
"That is exactly what you think it is. Let's just say that they are my ex-wives."
Sally ran for the door but he was on her in an instant. He slapped her across the face and said, "Do what I want and I may let you live."
Sally said, "Why OMG why are you doing this?"
He put a ring around her one leg and a long chain chain held her to wherever he wanted her. He yanked her outside and said, "Do you see that garden? It is for you to take care of, you will work in it every day."
"No, I won't do it. You can't make me," she said.
Sally screamed and screamed for help but they were so far from civilization that her screams were heard by no one.
She was chained and unable to get away. He forced her to have sex whenever he wanted. Sally was a slave to this man. He did nothing but watch her as she tended to his garden. Never once did he offer to help. He just sat there in a chair and drank beer, bottle after bottle.
Six months in time passed and Sally had no idea if she would survive or not. She thought of her parents and knew they would be searching of her. She cried herself to sleep every night. The man slept in bed and she slept on the floor like a dog. She was loosing all hope of ever being found.
One day she just refused to work in his garden anymore. He hit her and hit her until she passed out. He looked at her lying on the floor. "You are just like all the others," he said to himself.
The man pulled into the dirt driveway with Janet sitting by his side in fear. She knew her life was in danger, but she had no idea how bad it would get. He pushed her inside of his shack. She looked around and saw five human skulls sitting in a row on a shelf. He saw her looking at them. He said, "Those are your sisters," and he laughed and laughed. Janet was in tears. "Why OMG Why, did I ever get in the car with this man?"
Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on December 07, 2018:
Thank you for your comment, Audrey. My reason for writing that story was to make people, especially women realize how dangerous it is to accept a ride with a stranger. If my story can save one life, then writing it was well worth it.
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on December 07, 2018:
How sad it is that we are living in a time that we can't trust anyone. Your story brings the truth home. Thanks.
Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on April 27, 2018:
Thanks for your comment, Jean. I wrote this fiction story in hopes of making people realize that taking a ride with a stranger is very dangerous. When I was a young man I did it often, but times have changed and it is not like it used to be.
Jean Bakula from New Jersey on April 26, 2018:
A great reminder that hitchhiking with a stranger is a very bad thing to do. Young people should always let someone know where they are going. If your story was true (and I bet it often is) even Sally's friend should have called her parents, and they could have asked the police to trace Sally. They won't if the person is over 18 until 24 hours, but at least she could have lived.
Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on April 11, 2018:
Glad you enjoyed the story, Peg. It seems so much more dangerous in this day and age than at any time in the past. I did a lot of hitch hiking when I was in the Air Force in the late 1960s. It seemed so much more safer then.
Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on April 11, 2018:
Larry, What a powerful story. This is a stark reminder of the dangers that lurk in what may appear to be everyday situations. I count my blessings for being spared any sort of trouble the times I had to accept a ride due to circumstances. I was truly lucky, most of the time.
Larry W. Fish on December 02, 2017:
FlourishAnyway, we live in a scary world now and anyone has to be careful about who they accept a ride with.
FlourishAnyway from USA on December 02, 2017:
What a scary tale of horror. Never get into a car with a stranger or offer one a ride.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 01, 2017:
Well done on that basis. It has always occurred to me that someone so friendless and familiness to catch a ride with a stranger would be prime for hunting.
Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on December 01, 2017:
I wrote that for a reason, Eric. If one young woman reads it just maybe she will think about it before getting in a car with a strange man. Many young people will get a ride with someone they barely know or don't know. In today's world with all of the bad things happening young woman, actually anyone needs to take safety very seriously.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 01, 2017:
That is the shortest pure horror story I have ever read. It is just plain horrible.