I was once walking with one of my friends through a poorly lit but very central avenue. We were heading for some drinks and we have just had finished with some predrinking in my friend’s place. We were laughing out loud and not paying any attention to our surroundings.
We were young and naive - barely 19 years of age.
Two guys approach us from the opposite side of the road. But we were young and naive and we did not try to avoid them.
They asked us if we could help them with some kind of address. But we were young and naive and we tried to be helpful and to help them out.
They closed the distance between us. But we were young and naive we did not considered it suspicious.
Finally, the tallest of the two grabs me by the arm and takes out a syringe from his pocket.
Bum:”I have used this syringe on me and I have AIDS. Give me all your money or I will stab you with it.”
I still remember his calm and penetrating eyes. He has done that before. He was not scared. I was the one who pissing my pants.
I gave him everything from my pockets and they went away. Funnily enough they did not touch my friend at all.
My money and my not-so-crappy phone were gone. But so was my innocence.
In retrospect, I was the one who put myself on that vulnerable position by looking too wide-eyed. And by laughing like a young boy in an adults’ world. A very dark world. I guess we create our own fate.
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