I glanced up in the rearview mirror and saw the flash of blue lights. My heart seemed to stop. What had I done? I wasn’t speeding-I had just accelerated after sitting at a stop light. I’d used my turn signal when changing lanes. I was pretty sure that my tail lights were working. So why were those lights flashing behind me?
I looked for a place to turn off. McDonald’s was just ahead. I used my turn signal again and started to turn into the parking lot, trying to mentally prepare myself. But, just as I turned into the parking lot, the police car accelerated and sped on past me.
I pulled into a parking space and put the car into park. The police car had disappeared, but my heart was still hammering and my palms were sweaty on the steering wheel. I took a couple of deep breaths and finally felt my heart slow down. Ignoring the urge to swing through the McDonald’s drive thru for a sweet tea and a chocolate chip cookie, I slowly backed up and pulled out of the parking lot, ready to go home.