The Good Samaritan is a short story of mystery and suspense about a man driving the same stretch of road, helping hitch hikers get where they’re going.
He doesn’t much like it, but this time he may have picked up his final passenger.
Warning: this short story contains mild coarse language.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I had an image in my mind of a drifter, driving the same stretch of highway over and over. This story came from that image and answers the question – why was he doing it?
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The main character came from an image that popped in to my head. A man behind the wheel of his car on a long straight highway. There was a sense of bitterness and loss about him that hid behind the good deeds he was doing.
“I like the long straight roads best, you can see what’s coming” I tell him. Well, “him” is Johnny. Or at least that’s what he called himself. I know he is lying. “It means there’s plenty of time for drivers to see you and stop” I carry on.
“Yeah, guess you’re right” he says, staring out the window. The view goes by.
He isn’t much of a talker. I preferred that they were. It usually helped pass the time. But not him. He wasn’t a talker.
“This isn’t your first time, is it” I ask, knowing the answer. He shakes his head at me. “You’re too comfortable for it to be”. He looks at me for probably only the second or third time since I picked him up.
“What do you mean?” he asks. I have him now. I want to talk, he doesn’t, but now I have him.
Dylan Swain is the author of contemporary action/adventure stories with a twist.
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