Something big and black crashes against the windshield, and an explosion rocks the car. Turn into the skid!
I see a flash and something in front of me. Something tall with black material flapping around it like the tail ends of an old-fashioned duster. Long, straw-colored hair. A scraggily goatee. A man? Whats a man doing at the side of the road in the middle of nowhere? Whys he just standing there? Why doesnt he get out of the way? I yank the wheel back the other way, and the car swerves around him.
And heads straight off the road.
When the world stops bouncing and the car settles, I try to keep my eyes focused, but everything blurs around the edges. The waves ebb, and I hear a crunching sound, like boots on gravel. Straining to see, I barely make out . . . What is that? A flag? No, its that flapping black material. I think its the man I swerved to miss.
A sweet, melodious voice makes its way through the undulating roar in my ears. "Let me help you."
Help. Yes, I need help.