I moved to a new area, and the GPS on my phone has been a lifesaver. I don’t know how lost I’d be without it.
But lately, it’s been…doing some strange things.
At first it was kind of funny. The GPS would instruct me to take a turn where there was no intersection, like it wanted to run me off the road. Or it would guide me to the rocky overhangs that fall away into the sea - the “scenic overlook” of the highway by the beach.
But for the most part, it gets me where I need to go, and Siri’s mechanical voice in my car is almost like a friend.
Which is why I’m so confused right now.
Because I followed the path the GPS told me to, and it’s saying I’ve arrived at my destination…but this doesn’t seem right. I don’t see a movie theater anywhere. I just see some big, unmarked buildings - warehouses maybe? There’s a big chain with a padlock across the door of one.
At first I thought the whole area was abandoned, but when I stopped to check the map on my phone and figure out where things went wrong, people started to appear. I didn’t notice them at first; I was busy typing out this text message, because the story’s hilarious, right?
They emerged from between buildings and started to approach the car. They’re dressed weirdly, wearing cloaks and hoods, and I thought I saw a bloody symbol carved into the forehead of one but I can’t be sure.
Some of them are carrying knives. Some of them have ropes.
Someone jabs a blade into my tire; I feel the weight of the car shift sideways as a low hiss escapes it.