Rachel peered down the deserted railway track. Not a train in sight. A cold wind swirled around her. She rubbed her arms. Now what?
She glanced at the timetable. The last train should have arrived at eight-thirty pm. Her curfew was nine o’clock. She sighed. Only seven more days until she turned sixteen, then she’d be allowed out later.
The scent of marijuana caught her nose as a tall shadow loomed across the platform. Rachel hugged herself and shivered.
A man stood behind her smoking a cigarette.
Her heart thumping, Rachel crossed her bare legs and pulled her skimpy top across her chest.
“Why, would a young girl be alone at this time of night?” asked the stranger.
“I’m waiting for the train.”
“No trains tonight” The thin wiry man flicked his butt onto the concrete floor. “Last one was cancelled.” He moved closer. “I could drive you home.”
“It’s okay,” said Rachel. “I’ll wait thanks.”
The man grabbed her arm. “Come with me, your parents will worry.” A thick vain pulsed on one side of his bony head.
Rachel screamed as he pushed a strange smelling cloth over her mouth. Oh no! That’s what the dentist uses. It’s ether.