It was around 23.00. The weather was perfect; cool breeze and a clear sky. Kay and Myra were on their back from a party. Music was blasting on the speakers and the couple was holding hands, romance was present for the ride. Myra leaned over for a kiss, Kay turn her way and leaned in too, when they suddenly heard a crackling noise.
Out of nowhere, a tree fell in front of the car. A big tree just fell there, in the middle of the street. Kay stomped on the brakes and the car screeched to a halt. They were the only ones there. Kay reached for the door handle to get out of the car but Myra pulled him back, saying it’s too dangerous to venture out alone. They then decided to turn back and go through the old road, the one nobody uses anymore because of its remoteness. They had no other option as it was the only alternative to reach the motorway.
Couple of minutes later, the couple was on the remote road, which was sparsely lit in some places and prey to completely darkness for the rest of what was left of it. There was no civilization for miles, no network coverage, and no help in case of breakdown or trouble.
And knowing how this situation scared Myra, Kay decided to take the piss.
“It is said”, he began, “that in these parts of the road, there is a spirit that wanders about, looking for lost travellers.”
“What?” Myra asked, puzzled.
“A woeful spirit. Rumour has it, years ago; a fellow traveler was lost on these very roads. And a group of drunken youngsters raped her and left her for dead in a ditch along the road. And ever since, every careless traveller that go through here meet a terrible end by her hands. And it is also said that she looks li…”
To add to the idiocy he was going on about, Kay subtly reached for the headlights and turned them off, which got Myra bursting into screams.
Few seconds later, Kay turned them on, and immediately Myra landed punch after punch on his arm in frustration. Despite the blows raining on him, Kay had his huge grin on his face.
They drove for a few kilometers down the road where dead silence reigned; not a buzz not a leaf rustling. It was far too quiet. The car started spitting, Kay got puzzled; he couldn’t make out why the car was behaving as such. And then, it trembled to a sudden halt. Myra looked at Kay in ager, for she thought this was another one of his pranks. But this time, he wasn’t doing anything. The car really broke down. And being in the middle of nowhere, he had to get down and investigate the nature of the breakdown. He popped the hood and got down from the car. He lifted the bonnet, fiddled around for a while and came back into the car.
“The engine coolant is over. I have no idea how that happened. But I need to get some water to refill it. I have a jerrycan in the trunk. I’ll be right back”, he said.
“No. wait. You cannot go. Its dark out there and we are all alone. It’s too dangerous.” Myra said.
“Staying here is more dangerous. I’ll just get some water and we’ll be on our way. You hear that? That’s a stream. There is water nearby. Just lock the car and stay quiet. I’ll be back soon.” He said, kissing Myra on her forehead to reassure her.
And off he went, in search of water. Darkness blanketed the road. There wasn’t even a slight light getting through the tall trees that surrounded the road.
Myra was now getting anxious. It has been a while since Kay left and there was still no sign of him. She reached for the door but then remembered what Kay told her. She double checked the locks and stay put in the car.
There was a scream.
“KAY!!” Myra yelled. He was in danger. She pulled the door handle and as soon as she got out she came nose to nose with Kay.
“YOU?? Are you okay?” Myra asked…checking Kay for possible wounds.
“Yeah. I am perfectly alright. Why do you ask?” Kay replied, curtly
“I just heard you scream. What the fuck is going on?” Myra asked, persistent.
“I was just messing with you, babe. Here, I got the water, get in, I’ll fill in the coolant tank and we’ll be on our way.” He replied.
Myra got in the car, irritated, because she fell for Kay’s prank again. The latter, on the other hand, filled the coolant tank with water up to the brim and then sat in the driver seat. He turned on the ignition and the car roared to life.
Few meters ahead, there was a junction. And instead of taking the left exit, which leads to the motorway, Kay took the right one. Myra, puzzled, looked at him and asked why this incentive. To which Kay replied:
“Don’t worry. This road is a shortcut. We’ll reach further down on the motorway.”
Myra believed him and rested her head on his shoulder. The road was quiet. Kay wasn’t speaking much as well. Myra leaned in and kissed him on the cheek and went back to resting her head on his shoulder. But then…as she peered in the rear view mirror, she saw something that scared her shitless.
While, all this time she thought she was leaning against Kay’s shoulder, in the rear view mirror she saw her head leaning against nothing. In the rear view mirror, she was all alone.
KAY WASN’T KAY…