The Cop Car Story
By: Brenna Yovanoff
Now, I have absolutely no proof that this is a paranormal story—but still, you have to admit it's pretty creepy.
I grew up in the foothills above town. The roads were very narrow and to get down, you had to drive around the end of the reservoir. Because we were so far from town, everyone from my neighborhood had a tendency to drive much too fast to make up for lost time.
(Here is the part where I embarrass my mother.) Going around the reservoir one day, my mother got pulled over for speeding. The officer came up to the driver's side and remonstrated with my mother through her window. In the backseat, my sister was reading Stephen King's Christine, which is the thing that makes this whole situation very creepy, and also kind of makes this my sister's story. For those of you who don't know, Christine is a book about a car that does pretty much whatever it wants.
As the office was lecturing my mother on traffic safety, his cruiser, which was parked on the shoulder behind our car, began to pull out into the road. It did this as neatly and self-assuredly as if someone was driving. But no one was. My sister kept reading Christine. The cruiser kept operating itself.
The officer noticed his rogue cruiser at about the time it swerved around our car and cut across both lanes of the county road, heading straight for the reservoir. To his credit, he did try to stop it. He jumped in front of it with his hands braced on the hood and only gave up when it almost ran him over and my mother yelled at him to get out of the way. The cruiser rolled over the edge of the road, down fifty feet of embankment, and straight into the water.
For a minute or so, the officer just stood at the edge, looking down at his rapidly sinking cruiser. Then, he walked back across the road to our car and said to my mother, with great dignity, “Ma'am, I'm going to have to let you go.”
Synopsis: Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.
Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.
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Brenna, thanks so much for taking the time to share your story with everyone! I enjoyed it and I know everyone else will as well!
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