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One Dark Night  by thamagnopen

The road was dark and the only thing we could see was the road in front of us that the headlights would allow us to see. I glanced at the clock it was exactly 1:22 in the morning. My wife’s head lay on my shoulder as she slept quite deeply cause she had been up most of the day and night preceding our trip. I then noticed that we we’re driving into a heavy rain so I cut on the wipers, and the defrost because the windows fogged up quickly. On the radio there was a report that was saying that there was an accident on highway 12 east, and that just happened to be the highway we were on at the time, and we had almost reached the accident by the time the report ended. I woke up my wife and told her what was happening and she sat up straight and said I hope everyone is okay. As we neared the accident scene we immediately knew everyone wasn’t okay, there were ten cars we could see clearly piled up in a metal mess, and people were wandering around the scene like zombies bleeding from the head and bodies, and there were others laid out on the highway in the rain. We pulled over to the side of the road and noticed that there were not any paramedics on the scene yet, and there were people running around trying to do what they could do to help. I for some reason thought to grab my camera and start shooting the accident in case it would be needed later by who ever looked at this sort of thing. The images in my camera was the most carnage I have ever witnessed in my life,There were body parts laying on the side of the road, and people that we all knew had expired for sure. There was screaming, and pleading for help by the injured, and people seemingly losing it after the lost of love ones.It was almost too much for me to film. It made me sort of compare this to a plane crash. My wife was doing all she could do, but there wasn’t much anyone on that road could do but pray. I noticed others sheltering the injured from the rain that seemed to pour in buckets onto this awful scene.The rain seemed to wash away the blood, and the blood immediately came back time and time again. The Paramedics sirens were getting closer, and we could see the multi colored lights coming up the freeway on both sides of the highway. We ran up the highway leading them to the scene, and when they arrived they quickly got all the spectators, and others who were helping backBehind a tape they were putting up around the parameter so me and my wife got into our car but I continued taping the whole thing from my vehicle. When they allowed us to we proceeded on our way down this dark and unforgiving highway that takes the living on a moments notice. We decided to stop at the nearest rest stop or motel we got to next because we were both just shaken to the bone, cold and wet from standing in a pouring rain for what seemed like an hour or more. We pulled up to a motel and I went up to the window and paid for a room for the night or better put the rest of the morning. The clerk gave me the key, and we went to the room and showered together to save precious sleep time, and the blood covered the shower floor.We then got in bed and fell into a deep sleep that is until we were awoken by a loud knocking at the door. They were yelling police! Open up now!! Open the door right now!! We said just a minute we are getting dressed and they yelled open the door right now!!! Do it now!! I finally got to the door and opened it, and a mob of police stormed in and grabbed me and threw me to the floor while at the same time grabbing my wife and placing her on the floor beside me. I asked what is going on? What’s happening? And all they would say was shut your mouths and put your hands behind you! Right then we saw a figure enter into the door with an officer and said yes that’s the couple that was all bloody. We almost at the same time started trying to explain what had happened, but they just started leading us to separate squad cars where there was TV cameras Filming and talking as if they had caught some murderers like Bonnie & Clyde or something. Just then it came to me, my Camera!So I told one of the officers to get my camera and it would explain the whole thing. He told me not to worry, that they will make sure to get everything from the room that we brought in to that room.Me, and my wife were placed in separate squad cars and taken to the county jail where we were processed and finger printed as if we were already guilty of something. I saw them lead my wife into a room and then came and got me and led me to a room where they left me for about thirty minutes.All of a sudden this plain clothed character about six foot eight, and three hundred pounds walked into the room and shut the door. He sat down and introduced himself as Mr. Wheeler and said that he wanted to ask me a few questions about what transpired the night before. I told him that this was all a big mistake, and that me and my wife were just assisting the accident that happened on the freeway prior to our getting to that motel, and that the clerk must have saw the blood on me and thought I had committed some crime.I told him to check my video camera and he would see that I taped the whole thing. He said they would do that and to be patient while they figured this situation out. He told me to relax, and if there is proof on that camera that we would be on our way in a couple of hours. Then he walked out of the room and locked my door behind him. I sat back and thanked God for the fact that I taped the accident, and in my mind I thought this was going to be over pretty soon, and how I was going to be kind in my forgiveness of the officers that were clearly just doing their job. Just then the door opened, and they led my wife into the room where she ran and hugged me tightly saying this whole thing is a nightmare! I told her to relax, I got the whole thing on video sweetheart, and we will be out of here very soon. We waited in that half lit room for what seemed to be three hours and then it happened.   Mr. Wheeler and two officers walked in and told me that they looked at the video, and saw everything on it and there was nothing on it that had anything to do with an accident. He said after all of our personal video shots the video went dark. He said they did hear of an accident on the freeway but that they had no proof that we were there at all. We were absolutely horrified and asked what now? And Mr. Wheeler said they had no choice but to hold us for 48 hours to see if there were any suspicious events that occurred in the last 24 hours that we could be involved with. My wife just feel into my arms crying and saying to the officers that we were telling the truth while she was being handcuffed for the second time, and led away to a holding cell. They handcuffed me and led me to a cell where there was no one else around.The officer then asked me did I want a lawyer, and I said no! I haven’t done anything at all to have to need one. He shut the cell and walked away.I sat in that dark cell as I contemplated what would happen next, and watched the four walls close in on me. I was thinking I know me, and wife are innocent but still we sit in two separate cells like criminals. I finally lie down on this incredibly hard surface and fall asleep. 

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Date created: March 15, 2008
Date published: March 15, 2008
Comments: 3
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Word Count: 1882
Times Read: 651
Story Length: 3
Children Rank: 3.7/5.0 (5 votes)
Descendant Rank: 0.0/5.0 (6 votes)