Matt and Jennie were on their way to a small bed and breakfast in the country to celebrate their 10th
wedding anniversary when suddenly they got a flat tire.
“Jennie, honey, do you have any cell reception? I can’t get any bars on mine.”
“Nothing. Did you find the spare?”
“We never replaced it when we got that flat last month. I meant to do it, but it totally slipped my mind.”
“Well what are we supposed to do now? We haven’t seen any type of civilization for miles and not one car either! We can’t spend the night HERE!”
“Calm down sweetie. Let’s not let this ruin our vacation. We’ll just consider it an ‘adventure.’ Besides, maybe if we just wait, someone will pass and we can flag them down.”
An hour or so later, an old pick-up truck came cruising down the road. Matt jumped up from the trunk of their car and started to wave his arms, hoping the driver would stop. Not many people picked up stranded strangers on the side of the road these days, but the truck slowed down and eventually came to a stop next to their broken-down car.
“What seems to be the problem?” The strikingly handsome gentleman behind the wheel asked Matt.
“My wife and I were on our way to the bed and breakfast a few towns over and we got a flat. Do you know if there is a mechanic around here that could give us a tow?”
“Oh sure! My son just so happens to be a mechanic, but he’s working until seven.”
Matt looked at Jennie. It was only four and the light drizzle was turning to rain.
The gentleman continued, “My wife and I have a farmhouse about a mile up the road. I could give you a lift back to our house and you could use our phone to give him a call. I’m sure he could have you all fixed up and back on the road by tomorrow morning.”
Normally Jennie and Matt wouldn’t even consider getting in the car with a stranger, not to mention entertain the idea of spending the night at their house, but it was starting to rain and they would be back on the road in the morning. It was an adventure after all.
“That sounds wonderful. We really appreciate it. My name is Matt and this is my wife Jennie.” Matt said as he reached his hand out.
“No worries. My wife and I are always willing to help someone in need. So many people have helped us over the years, it only seems right to pay it forward. My names Tom by the way.” He said, meeting Matt’s handshake and getting out of the truck to help them with their bags.
“Sugar, I’m home, and you’ll never guess what I found stranded on the side of the road!” Tom yelled as he opened the front porch door and carried Matt and Jennie’s bags inside.
“Oh, please tell me it was a traveling salesman with loads of butter because I just ran out.” His gorgeous wife replied as she came in from the kitchen, mixing bowl in one arm, spoon in the other.
“No dear, this lovely couple was on their way to that fancy bed and breakfast and they got a flat. I offered to let them use our phone to call Jimmy.”
“Oh goodness! You two must be cold. I’m Rose. I’d shake your hand, but I’m just covered in flour.” She said with a welcoming smile. “Why don’t you two go into the den and warm up by the fire. The phone is on the end table. Tom, would you be a dear and get them some towels and Jimmy’s number?”
Matt and Jenny followed Tom into the den and sat by the fire while they waited for him to return.
“They seem like such a young couple to have a son who is already a mechanic.” Jennie whispered.
“They do! And I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but they’re both so attractive!”
“I know! I was thinking the same thing!” Jennie giggled.
“I’m glad we took the ride. They seem like nice people and who knows if another car would have passed.” Matt replied. Jennie nodded in agreement.
Tom was back with two towels fresh from the dryer and a phone number scribbled on a scrap of paper. He handed it to the couple.
“Please excuse me, I need to help Rose in the kitchen. Just tell Jimmy that I gave you his number.”
Matt picked up the phone while Jennie started drying her hair.
Rose was standing at the refrigerator getting some iced tea for their guests when Tom walked in.
“Did you see the legs on her? She must be a runner. So shapely!”
Rose turned and looked at Tom, “I agree! The moment she walked in I just wanted to eat her up!” They both blush a bit when she says this. “And the back on him is just divine! He’s so muscular! They must take really great care of themselves. Did you offer to let them spend the night?” Rose’s eyes twinkled.
“I mentioned it in passing but I didn’t want to scare them off. They really are a good-looking couple.”
“They’re a little younger than the couples we usually try this with, but that may end up being a good thing.” Rose winks.
Rose and Tom go into the den with a tray of iced tea and some hot soup. Matt and Jennie are sitting on the couch near the fire. Both still a bit damp but noticeably more comfortable.
“Did you get a hold of Jimmy?” Tom asks, placing the tray on the coffee table and sitting on the couch across from them.
“I did, but he said he wouldn’t be able to tow it to his shop until he got off of work. Is there a hotel nearby?” Matt asks.
“Oh, don’t be silly. We have plenty of room here and Jimmy could work on your car tonight and have it ready for you in the morning.” Rose exclaims.
Matt and Jennie exchange playful glances, checking with each other without saying a word.
“If you’re sure we wouldn’t be an inconvenience.” Jennie replies.
“Not one bit! We don’t get much company out here and I can’t remember the last time Tom and I had a double date!” Rose practically sings. “Now eat up! You two look famished.”
Matt and Jennie dive into the soup. They didn’t realize how hungry they were.
“This is delicious!” Matt exclaims. “What’s in it?”
“Rose will never tell. She calls it her ‘People Pleaser Soup.’” Tom responds.
“Don’t get too full though.” Rose interjects. “We would love to have you for dinner if you’re feeling up to it.”
“That would be lovely. We haven’t had a nice dinner with such a gorgeous, I mean, lovely couple in far too long.” Jennie says blushing.
Tom and Rose exchange an excited glance.
As Matt and Jennie finish up, Rose starts putting the dishes back on the tray. As she picks up Jennie’s bowl she lets her hand brush against her shoulder. Jennie looks up at Rose and the women share a shy smile. Rose picks up the tray and walks into the kitchen.
“How would you guys like some wine?” Tom asks.
“We would love some!” The couple practically says in unison.
“I have a great bottle in the cellar! I’ll be right back! Rose grab the ‘special’ wine glasses!” He shouts over his shoulder as he hurries out of the room.
Matt looks at Jennie. “Do you think they want to, you know?”
“It seems that way, don’t you think?” Jennie giggles.
“Well we did say we were going to have an adventure.” Matt responds.
“Just promise me that we’ll set up rules beforehand like we did last time.” Jennie says with a smirk.
“That’s what the wines for!”
Rose comes in with a new tray with four beautiful wine glasses on it as Tom enters, wine and corkscrew in hand. He pours them each a glass and Rose hands the younger couple theirs. They all toast to ‘making new friends’ as they chat.
About halfway through their second glass, Matt and Jennie notice that Rose and Tom have moved to the couch with them. Tom squeezes Jennie’s thigh as Rose rubs one of Matt’s broad shoulders.
“You two are absolutely stunning. How are you feeling?” Rose asks.
As Rose says this, Jennie realizes that she feels a bit more tipsy than usual from red wine, especially since it’s only her second glass. She looks over at Matt and notices that he is starting to pass out. Jennie tries to respond but she can’t open her mouth to get the words out. As she fades into the blackness she hears Tom’s voice. It sounds so far away.
“Who should we have first?”
“Definitely Matt. Jennie seems more like dessert to me.” Rose says as Jennie falls completely under.
Jennie wakes up in what looks like a kitchen, but she doesn’t recognize it at all. How did she get here? Where is Matt? She tries to move her arms but realizes that she is strapped down.
“Don’t struggle honey, it will only make things worse.” It’s Rose’s voice she hears and she starts to remember their ‘adventure.’
“What have you done?!? Where is Matt?!?” Jennie mumbles.
Tom and Rose break into hysterical laughter. “Why he’s right here, dear.” Rose waves her hand across the table. “We haven’t had a harvest like this in weeks. Nobody ever comes down our road. We lay the spike strips, but they only work if there’s a car. That soup you ate was the last of our reserves, but you two should feed us for a good while.”
Jennie looks down to see a large meal spread out across the entire table with a huge slab of meat right in the middle.
Jennie starts to cry, “What about Jimmy? He’s going to come for the car.”
“There is no ‘Jimmy’ silly girl. That was Tom on his cell. He towed the car to that ‘lovely’ bed and breakfast you two were raving about. Nobody will even notice it until next week.” Rose sneers.
“This can’t be real!! Where is Matt?!?” Jennie is panicing. She looks around and sees the sink full of blood, Matt’s clothes cut to pieces in a pile on the floor, his wedding ring sitting neatly next to her fork. She is drugged and alone with these crazy people. Nobody will look for her here, and even if they did, how could they even suspect this unassuming country couple are cannibals?!?
“We told you that we’d love to have you for dinner,” Rose laughs. “Maybe even breakfast and lunch too. Why don’t you have a taste?” Rose shoves a forkful of meat into Jennie’s mouth. Jennie spits it onto her lap.
“Is that any way to treat your husband young lady?” Tom smirks as Jennie fades back into the blackness.