Friday, April 27, 2012

#FiveMinuteFriday: Just Another Night in New York City

This is my first attempt at a Five Minute Friday post. I trembled as I wrote this, partly because of the ticking clock, and partly because of what happened to me on just another night in New York City.

Manhattan. 1996. It must have been 12:30 am. I was getting off work, and had taken my typical 7-block trek across Midtown. I approached the 15 or 20 glass doors that formed the giant mouth for the people entering Port Authority to catch their trains, buses, or cabs.

As I opened one of the glass doors, a man was sprinting—full speed— through the tiled concourse, toward my door. He was followed closely by NYPD.

I backed out of the way as he slammed into the door itself—and sent me flying backwards. The cops sprinted after him.

It was dark. It was late. I was dog tired.

I got on the bus, and drifted off to sleep on the half hour ride under the Hudson River to my apartment in New Jersey.

I walked into my apartment, and slipped into the bathroom. I turned on the light, and looked in the mirror.

“What the?”

As plain as could be, the left side of my chest had a perfect bloody handprint on it.


  1. Gotta love the city. I hope you slowed him down enough to give the cops a chance to catch up with him.

    Stopping by from 5 minute Friday! Welcome to the mix!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sheryl! Hopefully I did! :)

  2. you just gave me goosebumps! I'm in Boston at the moment for altogether different reasons and was considering the trek to NYC whilst I'm on this side of the country. I'll be sure to watch out for running men being pursued by NYPD if I make it there ;-)

  3. Wow! Perhaps it is because you live in New Jersey? That never happened to me when I lived in Connecticut... :)
    Welcome to 5MF!

  4. Made me laugh because it is a well told suspenseful story but I kept is this connected to community? Then I saw your funny. Welcome to FMF.

  5. Wow are a good writer. You kept me in suspense and I could hardly wait to read the next sentence. I think you should be a regular Five Minute Friday contributor.

  6. Oh, oh! Well done, Scott. Did you ever put the pieces together about who this guy might have been and what he might have done?


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