Monday, June 19, 2017

the passenger


John Bradford, an Irish university student, was on the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a torrential storm.

The night was rolling on and no car went by. The rain and wind were so overwhelming he could barely see. At long last he observed a car that slowly came towards him and stopped just a few feet away.

John, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got into the car and closed the door... Only then did he realize there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn’t running. The car started moving slowly. John looked at the road ahead and saw a curve approaching. Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life. Then, just before the car hit the curve, a hand appeared out of nowhere through the window, and turned the wheel. John, paralyzed with terror, watched as the hand came through the window, but never touched or harmed him.

Shortly thereafter, John saw the lights of a pub appear down the road, so, gathering all his courage, he jumped out of the car and ran to that comforting beacon of normality. Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and started telling everybody about the horrible experience he had just had.

A silence enveloped the pub when everybody realized he was crying... and that he wasn’t drunk.

Suddenly, the door opened, and two other people walked in from the dark and stormy night. They, like John, were also soaked and out of breath. Looking around, and seeing John Bradford sobbing at the bar, one said to the other...

Look, Paddy... there’s that idiot that got in the car while we were pushing it!



I imagine you may have heard this one before, but just in case you haven't..

24 comments:

Sean Jeating said...

:)

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

A good one, and great drawing

marja-leena said...

Wow, what a good story and a wonderful drawing as well!

susan said...

heh :)

susan said...

Glad you liked them, Andrew.

susan said...

Nice to see you Marja-Leena!
I'm happy the combo made you smile.

Should Fish More said...

So a Californian, a Texan and an Oregonion were sitting around a campfire.......

susan said...

I remember that one.

L'Adelaide said...

Nope, I missed this one! Thanks for the laughs! Preparing for one of those looogish fam. visits & needed that. Cooking here in California..... enjoy that cold Atlantic breeze! xxx

Tom said...

Gosh! A real, white-knuckle story. Had me going there! :)

susan said...

I'm happy to know you enjoyed it, my friend. I hope the family visit goes well and that the weather there cools to comfort levels.
xoxo

susan said...

Droll, very droll, Tom. Thanks for the added smile :)

clairesgarden said...

lol xx

susan said...

pleased :)

Ol'Buzzard said...

At first it sounded like an urban legend. Great pic.
the Ol'Buzzard

susan said...

I'm delighted it was a nice surprise
for you as well, OB. Thanks for the
good word about the picture.

Lindsay Byrnes said...

Hi Susan,
Now I can tell that “ True Irish Ghost Story” from Paddy Jokes when out to lunch Monday week for a pie and refreshments at PJ O’Brien’s Irish Pub – and even show them your great picture. Best wishes

susan said...

There's nothing like a good story in good company, Lindsay. That sounds like a fun place and I'm happy to know the entertainment will be shared.
All the best

troutbirder said...

Still worth a chuckle though...:)

susan said...

It was, wasn't it? I'll likely try a few more.

♥ N o v a said...

That was great! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to pass it along. :-)

susan said...

Glad you enjoyed it!

JACKIESUE said...

here via old Buzzard.loved the story and loved the drawing more.

susan said...

I'm very delighted you came by to visit and happy you enjoyed yourself. :)