This was not where Sara was supposed to go.
She had missed the turn, and her new GPS had told her to continue straight. Every time she glanced at it, there were no turns coming up.
She had entered the brightly-lit tunnel five minutes ago. There were no exits signposted, and no other cars in sight.
As she drove, the lights ahead turned on. Looking in her rear-view mirror, she saw that the lights in the distance seemed to be shutting off.
Sara looked again at the GPS. There was an alert, which she immediately swiped away.
DESTINATION NOT FOUND
There was a noise outside the car: a voice echoing.
“Accident ahead. Reduce speed immediately”
She began to slow, but a flicker caught her eye. The GPS was now a white screen with large black letters:
DO NOT SLOW DOWN
The voice came on again.
“Accident ahead. Please pull over.
Sara continued to slow down, notiving that the lights now turned on further in the distance, while the darkness behind her grew closer.
The GPS screened changed.
DO NOT PULL OVER
Sara gripped the steering wheel and sped up while peering ahead. If there was an accident, surely she would see emergency lights in the distance?
She looked down at the GPS
STAY IN THE LIGHT
“Accident ahead. Pull over immediately. Turn off your engine”
IT IS LYING
Sara sped up to stay in the light. The darkness was gaining despite her returning to her original speed.
DO NOT LET THE DARKNESS CATCH YOU
Sara focussed on the road for as long as she could, uncomfortable with her increasing speed, before glancing again at the GPS
IT CAUGHT ME