6.             Return to the Campus Account: The Wild SUV

Returning to the details of the night when I received Mary’s message in Lakewood, after some time, I, slowly, removed myself from the statue’s area. Then, I heard loud music approaching. As I turned toward the abrasive sounds, an SUV, on an adjacent road, neared and passed with its speakers blaring to the degree that, due to distraction, the driver’s ability to maintain safety was surely diminished.

Shortly after the SUV had gone, it returned. When it this time passed, music still blasting, the driver, who looked like a man, hollered something like, to the front-seat passenger, “I’M GONNA LET YOU OFF OVER THERE!”

If not mistaken, I had never witnessed such an accident-waiting-to-happen as this: a driver having to yell so loudly over the vehicle’s music so that a front passenger could hear what was being said! Therefore, because I knew that this vehicle would soon stop, I, on foot, gave chase with the intention of warning that driver away from such recklessness.

Of course, the SUV moved faster than I. So, by the time I nearly caught up, the vehicle had already parked beside a building, and both the driver and the passenger had exited. In fact, before my arrival, the passenger’s baggage had been taken out and deposited beside the SUV.

Then, after removing the passenger’s last bag, the driver suddenly jumped onto the SUV’s back, grabbed it tight, and started wildly boogying to the loud beat still blaring! I had difficulty believing my eyes—how could such a wild and frenzied individual be allowed a driving license!

With that last thought in mind, I finally arrived. Opening my mouth to speak, the driver, who, while gripping onto the SUV had been dancing face forward, turned. It was then that I discovered that the driver was actually a baseball-capped woman dressed as a laid-back man. Maintaining my demeanor, I sternly told the pair, the driver and another young woman, that God must have sent me—as an angel—to warn them, and thereby, to protect their future safety!

I remarked that loud music was a great distraction against careful driving. Therefore, I particularly told the passenger (who was more receptive to my words), if the driver did not change habits, she, the passenger, should not endanger herself by travelling in the vehicle. In fact, her future refusal to be a passenger might be what compels the driver to greater safety. Finally, I told the passenger that her making sure that her friend drove with care would mean that she truly cared about her friend.

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