I was out of state on a trip, traveling alone, and having to go through states that don't reciprocate my weapon permit.
Instead of a gun crime I settled for a knife crime by getting the largest spring loaded blade I could fit in my pocket.
I'm smaller than many teenagers and female so I figure I can get off easy if it becomes an issue.
It's almost 3 am, I am running out of gas. I have already tried 3 exits in a row. Why do so many gas stations close their pumps when they close? I don't have signal to search for an open gas station.
Fuck you mountains.
4th exit I finally find a station that is closed but left its pumps on so I can use my card.
The area around the pumps are lit, but everying past that glow is pitch black, only a sliver moon that night.
I'm hunched up at my tank, I'm filling up so I don't need to watch the total, I'm scanning the edge of darkness because I am completely alone in a strange place.
From around the edge of some carwash building at the corner of the lot a rail thin, tall scraggly man comes out, making a line straight for me.
He is dirty all over, wrinkly clothes like he just woke up. He half steps as he notices I see him and he smiles.
Full on meth mouth teeth missing and rotting on each edge so the ones there are more like dirty nubs. One hand is in his dirty jacket like he's hiding something.
He starts walking faster like an almost half jog right towards me.
Nope. Nope. Nope.
I pull out my knife and in the silence of the night it makes a nice loud "swwwweeeee-click!" as it opened. I call out loudly at an almost yell "NOT ANOTHER STEP.
WHATEVER YOU WANT I HAVE NOTHING FOR YOU BUT STEEL SO BACK THE FUCK OFF." He skipped to a stop about 15 feet away and looks at the blade I'm pointing at him and says "Ohhh feisty one.
Next time sweetie, next time." blows me a nasty kiss and he turns around laughing like a crazy person.
I scramble to get the nozzle out of my car while glancing around watching for him to come back or circle around.
I jumped back in my car and sped away as fast as I humanly could.