Daily Prompt: Close Call

“Tell us about a bullet you’re glad you dodged — when something awful almost happened, but didn’t.” –The Daily Post 

I have a Management Class that is 3 hours long. I actually posted a story about it on my blog yesterday. About 1.5 hours into class, we get a ten minute stretch break. So going back a few weeks, I was sitting in class about six minutes into break when I noticed I was starving. There’s a vending machine but it’s on the OPPOSITE side of the business school and we only had about four minutes of break left.

I looked at my friend and asked, “Should we do it?”

“Yes,” she responded.

WE RAN OUT OF THE CLASSROOM AND OUT THE FRONT DOOR (to clarify, the bottom floor of the business school is split into two separate buildings so you have to go outside to get from one to the other)

There was a bus and my friend almost ran right in front of it! I GRABBED HER ARM AND PULLED HER BACK AND THE BUS DRIVER SLAMMED ON THE BREAKS AND CAME TO A COMPLETE STOP.

We had to awkwardly walk along the side and cross in front of the bus because they remained parked. So embarrassing. You’d think things couldn’t get any worse but we’re now in the middle of the road and MY FRIEND STARTS RUNNING AHEAD BUT NOW A CAR IS COMING FROM THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

She went so fast that she actually made it but I, on the other hand, stood at the center of the road and stared at the car that was quickly approaching. I had two options:

1. RUN.

2. DON’T MOVE.

I honestly had a debate for a few seconds. The car might not stop. If I decide to move, I need to get across before it crashes into me. At the same time, if I appear to take a step forward, they might stop for a pedestrian like the LAW STATES. Or I could play it safe, let them drive past, and then go.

I thought, “There’s no way they would drive past me when the bus is stopped and I’m standing in the center of the road. The law says they have to stop anyway!”

So I took a step forward and I kid you not, my foot (and entire body, for that matter) was INCHES away from that car. They didn’t stop. I honestly could have died. Like it makes for an interesting story but on a serious note, I feel so grateful to be alive.

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