14 January 2011
Into the Twilight...
Last Christmas, EJ and elder brother went to the graveyard. It was cool and misty that early morning. EJ was surprised to see many people there cleaning graves of their loved ones and placing flowers.
After cleaning their father's grave, flowers were arranged in a plastic container.
Being at this graveyard brought back frightened memories of what happened more than 30 years ago.
Travel time boarding two buses from work to home takes at least two hours. EJ had to reach home as quickly as possible that day and decided to hail a taxi.
Just a few kilometres from reaching home, the taxi driver turned off the main road and went into a narrow road. Soon it led to many trees on both sides.
Taxi driver: 'I think I made a wrong turn.'
More than 30 years ago, EJ was youthful and attractive. There were many cases then of passengers being robbed, assaulted and even killed.
EJ hid the nervousness by trying to appear cool and replied nonchalantly.
'Don't worry! I know this area very well and know where it leads to.'
As soon as EJ finished that sentence, graveyards were seen on both sides.
It was dusk and getting dark pretty quickly.
There were many rumours and stories about the young and good-looking usually females getting or asking for help and then at the most critical moment morphed into some horrible inhuman creatures.
Seated upright and tensed, the driver kept looking at the rear mirror fearing that EJ might morphed into something.
EJ too stared straight into the rear mirror without blinking and gave one word instructions.
On seeing dad's grave, EJ felt reassured and became even more calm.
The driver never uttered a word.
As the taxi turned back to the main road, the driver gave a barely audible sigh. His body and shoulders relaxed visibly.
He must have prayed very hard while driving through 'twilight' and thankful that EJ did not morph in front of him.