We rode on for a few more minutes until I saw a turning off the highway. I sat completely still trying to think of what to do. I knew I had alerted Dan that I knew something was wrong and I was very scared.
I started to pray like Karen’s mum taught us, “God please show me a way out of this. I’m in trouble and I’m scared.”
I kept looking out the window to keep track of my environment. I continued looking out for somebody but it was an abandoned lot.
Dan parked and looked at me sweetly, “Don’t worry babe. I just wanna show you a good time.”
For the first time, I saw in Dan’s eyes a sick young man. I knew I was in deep trouble but I also knew it was no use fighting him or running away. He was already in attack mode and was expecting a fight.
I took in a deep breath and smiled. “I’m ready for anything Dan. Bring it on.”
He smiled in a very sick way. “You have no idea Liz.”
He called me Liz, the name of his sister. His dead sister. I froze for a second then smiled like all was well in the world.
He told me to get out of the car and I told him to give me a second to tie my shoes. He smiled and got out.
In 5 seconds, I retrieved my phone and sent out a blip. That was a code Stevie and I formed years ago after watching a sci-fi movie. We had connected to each other’s location and formed a code to indicate when we’re in trouble. I prayed to God that he would remember.
We walked a little until we came to a clearing. He asked me to pull off my shoes and trousers. I looked at him as he withdrew a whistle and made sick tones.
Right before my eyes I saw two giant dogs run into the clearing with chains between them. I instantly froze. They stood before me lapping like thirsty animals.
Dan slid his hand on my thigh and edged me closer. “Meet Von and Don. Some of our classmates have already met them. It’s your turn baby.”
God, I knew I was in trouble. What kind of sick person engages animals in a sexual encounter? I started to tremble. Life as I knew it was definitely over.
Dan laughed into the night when he noticed I was trembling.
Immediately something rose up in me. I knew what it was. It was fury. I wanted to lash out at him but something more powerful constrained me. It was like an outside force. I looked around trying to figure it out but then I realized it was within. It was what Karen’s mum told me some months ago. I hadn’t been listening intently then but the words came back:
“You will see your teacher with your eyes and you will hear a voice behind you saying; this is the way, walk in it.”
I didn’t have to think. I knew. I wanted to kill Dan right there but he wasn’t the enemy. Scriptures poured out of me and I knew that my fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers and rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.
I had dumped praying in the spirit on the shelf since Karen’s mum prayed with me. I had no use for strange tongues.
Tonight I reached for it within me and began to speak.
Dan looked at me and screamed that I should shut up but I didn’t. I kept at it until it seemed I was drunk in the Holy Spirit.
It was only a few minutes but I heard panting and then the dogs raced back to wherever they had come from.
Dan looked at me at first with outrage, then his face and his whole body crumpled in fear.