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Near Miss

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Christopher Adams 10H1 Near Miss The drive home was long and lonely, with only the radio to keep me from falling asleep at the wheel. I had wanted to get home before dark, but it seemed to be taking forever, and it didn't seem like I would make it. Weaving through the dingy country lanes was a little un-nerving, so I flicked my lights onto full beam, attempting to arrive home before it got too dark. As I pushed on it began to rain. What started as a few drops quickly evolved into a fierce torrent of water battering the car. I thought of my case full of dirty clothes, and of all the washing that I would have to do when I finally did get home. Business trips weren't great at the best of times, but Russia in November was torture. ...read more.


In peered around the bush, I could hear some heavy breathing, and there it was, or he. I couldn't quite tell at first. I was horrified at the sight. It had human shape and limbs, but its body was disfigured and covered with sores, and his skin seemed to ooze yellow and green puss. His eyes were almost crusted over, and the rest of his 'face' looked withered and cracked. He was wearing a ragged pair of trousers, and no shirt. He looked in severe pain, as gasped taking short, shallow breaths. I had never seen anyone be in such a state and at the same time still alive! The creature just lay there in a ditch. I felt overwhelmingly sorry for him, maybe because he looked in so much pain, and that he looked so human. ...read more.


'Would you like to borrow some clothes, I have some spare in the boot, and I would be happy to give you a lift to anywhere you like.' Trying to win him over, and half trying to find out more about this strange creature. 'I could do with some clothes, but I wouldn't know where to get a lift to, just look at me!' I didn't reply, I just walked towards my car, opened the boot and handed him some clothes. He put them on, and I offered to let him sit in the car. 'So John, where are you from,' I asked the question so that it wouldn't offend him, I really wanted to know what had happened to him, but I didn't want to get him angry. 'Originally from Manchester, but to get into this state, I'm just not sure.' 'Go on.' 'It's a long story,' 'I've got plenty of time.' ...read more.

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