My friend lives about a block away from my house, and we would often meet in the evening. One day, we lost track of time, and I ended up missing my last bus at 2 am.
Since it wasn't that far, and we don't live in a particularly unsafe area, I decided I would walk home.
I am a 20-year-old girl, but I look very young, and can easily pass off as a 15 year old, so typically people don't try to pick me up on the street.
I walked by the main street, where many people were still driving around and coming in and out of the 24h McDonalds.
As I stopped for a minute to light my cigarette, a car pulled up next to me and a man started calling out to me.
I typically don't respond to random guys calling me on the street, but I thought that maybe he needed help or something (I mean, it was 2 in the morning and maybe he was lost?).
I asked him if he was okay, and he asked me if I wanted to grab a coffee with him. I wasn't interested in drinking coffee at such a time and I politely declined, but he didn't take no for an answer.
He kept trying to convince me, so I just kept on walking. After a few minutes of driving along slowly as I walked, he turned around and drove away.
I finished my cigarette, and answered a call from my friend, who was worried about me and wanted to check if I got home yet. I told her about the creepy guy and we laughed it off.
She decided it was best we stayed on the phone so we would both feel safer. The whole time, however, there was an annoying cab driver, who kept asking me if I needed a ride.
I kept ignoring him, until I reached the intersection and suddenly, three cabs came from different directions and started flashing their lights and honking their horns,
scaring the crap out of me. I screamed "What the hell is going on?!" and one of the cab drivers screamed back "Look behind you!".
When I turned around, I saw a man running away in the opposite direction.
From what the cab driver told me, he saw the guy that tried to ask me out for coffee earlier had parked his car in an alley and followed me the whole way,
hiding behind buildings and bushes whenever I looked back. He called his fellow cab drivers and they all scared him away right when he was about to grab me.
Ever since that day, I refuse to walk alone at night, even if it's just a walk around the block.