"How do you know my name?" inquired Alice, baffled. That creeped her out a lot. Now she understood how stupid it was to walk up to a gangster-looking guy in the middle of the night.
What was she thinking? Stupid, stupid, soooo stupid. She now was thinking of ways to escape it he tried to kill her. And she conveniently forgot her pepper spray at home.
"Great, now I'm, defenseless," she thought hopelessly. "And I can't run, cuz I don't get any exercise, at all". That's completely true, her max is walking. Pathetic, I know.
The man interrupted her stream of thoughts when he saw that she took a step back from him. "Don't worry so much, I won't hurt you." He said, in a deep yet gentle voice.
"Yeah, well all serial killers probably say that before they kill their victims" she blurted out.
"Great", she thought to herself, "now he knows that I know that he's a killer so he'll definitely kill me. I should have offered money right away or plead for my life. God, why am I so stupid."
"Slow down there, your brain might not handle such crazy thoughts of yours," said he.
"What? You heard what I was thinking?"
Now she was backing away quicker.
"Are you going to run away from me like from everything in life?" asked he, smiling the yellow smile. "If I were you, I would at least listen to someone, who wants to help you.
If you want, you can take that rock by your left leg and hold it, to feel better".
She looked down, and indeed there was a medium-sized rock with a sharp edge, heavy enough to bash someone's brains right out of their head.
Was it there all this time? How could she have not seen it earlier? Nevertheless, she picked it up and stood there, waiting for him to speak.
"Good. Let me introduce myself, my name is Toad. I have come to help you see."
"Toad? What kind of name is that? Help me see? What are you talking about? Loo, man, do you need some spare change or food? Cuz I don't have time for drunks or addicts or whatever you are"
"Your mother wouldn't listen to me at first, either."
"What? You knew my mother?
"Yes, we were friends. I hope you and I will become friends too. But I think you'll have to get used to me first. Well then, I won't bother you anymore. Tell me, when you're ready to see."
And with those words, Alice's alarm clock went off and she woke up in her bed.