Friendly Strangers {1}

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"What am I suppose to do?" I asked myself. "I know how to fill a car up with gas but there is no gas station near here. I know how to jump start a car but there isn't anything that I could even get power from. I know how to call and ask for help but my phone is freaking dead!" I continued to complain.

I had been driving home from my cousin's house in Arizona back to California when my car started to sputter and eventually died. I've tried starting it so many times that the battery is probably dead as well.

"Kenzie, if I could text you I would totally tell you about how much I blame this on you but my phone is dead. PS, I'm blaming that on you too." I ranted even though I knew no one was listening. I'm pretty sure I'd been sitting next to my car in the middle of nowhere for hours. I was going to wait and see if a car passed me but no one has and now it's too late to walk somewhere because I'm 99% sure that I wouldn't get far before it got dark.

I looked around me, only seeing fields and mountains.

"This is such a mess." I rubbed my eyes in frustration.

After a few more moments of pitying myself, I got off of the hood of my car and opened my trunk. I pulled out the blankets and little emergency kit that my dad had put in there years ago.

This is the first time I've ever even opened this thing. I zipped open the top and saw a rain poncho, a pocket knife, some granola bars, band aids and minor medical supplies, a few water bottles (thank the heavens, I was dying of thirst), and a few hand warmers.

"Dad, you're a life saver." I said after seeing the contents of my kit.

I lowered the row of seats in my car so I could hopefully be able to lay across it. I began making a bed using some of the clothes from my suitcase. I closed my trunk and laid the blankets over top of me then put the pocket knife in the pocket on the back of my passenger seat so it was within reach. I opened the hand warmers and put them in my shoes to keep my feet warm. After a few moments, I was asleep.

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I was awoken by the sound of someone knocking and a bright light shining in my eyes. I turned my face, trying to hide it from the light that was currently blinding me but the knocking happened again, this time followed by a voice.

"Hey! Are you okay? Can I help you with anything?" I heard them say.

I finally sat up and opened my eyes to see a very attractive guy standing at my car's window, eyes cupped around his eyes so he could see the dark interior.

I looked to my right and saw that there was a vehicle, shining it's headlights on my face.

I squinted and turned back to the man at my window.

"Who are you?"

"Jay. How about you?"

"Maddy."

"What are you doing out here? Sleeping in your car?"

"It died. Or ran out of gas. Or both." I said.

"Well that sucks. How long have you been out here?"

"Since four o'clock. My watch seems to be the only thing I own that's working."

Well we can see if it's your battery and I can try to jumpstart your car with mine but if it's fuel then that might be a bit more tricky."

"How do I know you're not a robber? Or a serial killer?" I asked.

"You're just going to have to trust me." He shrugged.

After a minute of pondering, I decided that I did trust him. At least for now. He was my only hope of getting home at the moment.

I unlocked my door and crawled out, getting my jumper cables.

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