2494. Shortcut

About once a week Maureen would visit her elderly aunt who lived a good hour away. Having travelled the road so many times Maureen got to know the short cuts. For example, if she took a back-country road she could knock maybe ten minutes off the time. It was a lonely road, and Maureen wondered why more people didn’t use it. She wasn’t going to announce it too loudly; such things are best kept unpopular.

Last Thursday Maureen took the country short-cut as usual. She must have been on that road for maybe fifteen minutes. Rather suddenly her car stopped. She was in the middle of nowhere. Should she lock the car and start walking, or should she wait and hope perchance a kind person might come along. She decided to wait.

Fairly soon a car approached but it didn’t stop. About an hour and a half later another vehicle approached. It stopped. Did she need help? Can we take you to the nearest town?

What a lovely couple! Quite young, maybe in their early thirties. Almost instantly Maureen felt as if she had known them all her life. Delightful!

“How do you find the electric car? they asked.

“Never again!” exclaimed Maureen. “Look at me now! I shall never get another electric car in my life!”

And indeed she didn’t ever get another electric car. In fact, this was the last time Maureen was ever seen alive.

22 thoughts on “2494. Shortcut

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      There’s a stretch of road in New Zealand where tradition had it that you should never pick up a hitch-hiker (in the days when people hitch-hiked). If you did pick someone up on that stretch of road and you glanced down at their feet you would see goat’s hooves.

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            1. Bruce Goodman Post author

              Now you’ve bothered me. I know I drove the road several times with a van load of high school kids going to Taupo (from Christchurch) to the finals of a Theatre event but I can’t remember where! We stopped in the middle of nowhere to stretch our legs and “Ben” in the van told the story!

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  1. Herb

    She could afford an electric car but not a cell phone‽ Why didn’t she call the roadside assistance her insurance or could she not afford that, either? Mine will bring out five gallons of gas to where you are. Oh, perhaps they could bring a generator?

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      She had only the one electric socket in the house that was free at the time and she used it to recharge the car so couldn’t charge her phone. Also, the electric car was so expensive to recharge, apart from being devastating for the environment because of all the coal used to make the electricity, that she couldn’t afford a mobile phone no insurance nor the AAA.

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