What is more convenient than having your own car? It’s great! Of course, you have to fill it with expensive gas, but that is still better than taking the subway or waiting for a bus, right?
This way, you have the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want. Want to go out in the middle of the night? You can! These are just a few joys of owning a car.
No young person wants to rely on their parents to leave the house when they feel like hanging out with their friends. What is more fun than a good joyride?
But it also gives you the opportunity to do the one thing we all want to experience at least once or twice in our lifetime. No matter your age, a road trip is always fun.
A Good Time
Just imagine how much fun it would be to have your windows down and your favorite songs playing as you and your best friends race down Route 66. Then there is the excitement of cruising down to the cabin you haven’t been to since you were a kid.
Even driving across the country without a specific destination in mind can make for a fantastic time. The only problem is the ever-rising gas prices and traffic.
No one likes sitting in endless traffic on their way home after a long day at work. It’s the worst when a trip that usually lasts ten minutes now takes forty minutes to an hour.
But is this problem big enough that people would want to give up on something so amazing? You might consider it if you were placed in Lieutenant Watson’s shoes.
Good And Bad
An important life lesson is that you can’t have the good without the bad. You either take the whole package or leave it. There is no way to avoid the bad in this situation. This is a lot to consider, but some people don’t have a choice in the matter.
Lieutenant Watson was the perfect example of this. While working as a Navy Seal, he usually spent his time around the base or on the ships. Neither of these is less than an hour’s drive from his home.
As a Navy Lieutenant, Jeremy Watson usually spent his weeks away from home, working his fingers to the bone.
It was anything but easy, but it was a decision he and his wife made while they were very young. He loved his job as much as he loved his family. It was essential to find a balance between the two.
The Perfect Soldier
Watson joined the Navy as soon as he graduated from high school, and he has been working his way up ever since. He was determined and hardworking. Everyone saw him as a true career soldier, and he ensured that every aspect of his life reflected that.
At work, he was the perfect soldier. But as soon as he left the base, he would put that part of him aside. He didn’t want the strict discipline of the Navy to rub off on his family.
Losing His Cool
He had been part of the Navy for over 20 years at this point, and because of this, he had a great sense of discipline. He was extremely strict and to the point. Over the years, he learned the importance of controlling his temper, even during the worst situations.
In the last 20 years, he hadn’t lost his cool even once. But this was about to change, and it was all because of one driver.
One Friday afternoon, Lieutenant Watson was waiting for the clock to strike 4 pm. That’s when he could go home and spend time with his family. He was excited since he hadn’t seen his wife in two weeks.
The last two weeks away from home had taken its toll on him. He wanted to go home and get some good, much-needed rest. Not to mention, he couldn’t wait to meet his newborn grandson.
As soon as the clock hit 4, he got up, hopped in his car, and began heading home. It was a long road ahead, but he came prepared with a big flask of coffee.
He relied on his excitement and caffeinated drink to carry him through the long trip. But he had no idea what this trip had in store for him.
Feeling A Little Groggy
About half an hour into his trip, Lieutenant Watson’s fatigue started catching up with him. He took a big sip of coffee, hoping it would help, but he knew that he would reach his limits around the time he got home.
So he drove a little faster than he usually did, hoping to get home before the system crash he knew was coming hit.
Entering The City
Before he knew that so much road had passed beneath his wheels, Lieutenant Watson was entering the city.
He hadn’t expected to get there so fast and planned to take enough time driving through the country to avoid the city traffic, but he had caught it at its worst time. Because he drove so fast, he got there in the middle of the peak hour.
Even though the city wasn’t as big as New York or Los Angeles, it still had a lot of traffic, and Lieutenant Watson knew he’d be stuck for at least half an hour.
He hated traffic. Lieutenant Watson was a patient man, but he immediately got irritated when he thought of traffic. There were just so many people acting out because of their impatience, and he was not in the mood to deal with it.
Stuck In Traffic
Within minutes the freeway was at a standstill. Cars were bumper to bumper for as far as the eye could see, and Lieutenant Watson let out a heavy sigh.
But something was about to happen that would test his patience as well as his control over his anger, and it was all because of a habit he had created over the years.
Lieutenant Watson had spent a lot of time in the city over the years, and in that time, he had developed quite a few driving habits.
One of them was the distance he kept from other cars while in traffic. Instead of the usual 2 ft, he left a bit more space because he wasn’t fond of pressing and releasing the accelerator.
Approximately 75 ft
His habit meant that he left a space of approximately 75 ft between himself and the car in front of him. It was what he always did, and he never had problems because of it.
But he would tonight, and it was a situation he wished he could avoid. But there is only so much a person can do when faced with a situation such as this.
Tired And Annoyed
The traffic was moving slowly, and Lieutenant Watson’s caffeine rush was starting to wear off. He rested his head against the cool glass of the window as fatigue rushed through his system.
He had to admit that he was annoyed with himself for letting his excitement put him in this position, but he was still excited, and because of that, he kept looking at all the positive things he was about to experience.
The Guy Behind Him
But that was when everything started to go wrong. As Lieutenant Watson was crawling along the road, he knew all too well the man in the car behind him started acting out.
It was the flash of his lights that first got the Lieutenant’s attention. He looked back, wondering what was going on but couldn’t come to a conclusion.
Then the man started honking his horn. Lieutenant Watson looked back once more and realized that the man must be annoyed with the amount of space he was leaving between himself and the other car.
But Lieutenant Watson was all about safety, and he wasn’t going to let some motorist bully him into changing his mind or habits.
Paying No Attention
Lieutenant Watson was known for his patience, and he would use that trick to get through this situation.
He rested his head against the window once more and continued his slow crawl down the road. That was when the guy in the truck behind him decided to take things to a whole new level, and that didn’t sit too well with the Lieutenant.
The man put on his headlights, and Lieutenant Watson was nearly blinded by the bright light they emitted. The truck’s normal lights had already been hurting his eyes due to their height, but this was extreme.
Lieutenant Watson shielded his eyes as he looked back once more, his irritation reaching new heights. He would not let this man break him.
The more the Lieutenant ignored the annoying man behind him, the worse his behavior became. The honking became a nonstop blur of infuriating sound that was burning into the Lieutenant’s ears.
And to make matters worse, he was constantly switching between his headlights and dimmed lights. But the Lieutenant kept his cool as he always did.
Starting To Get Irritated
Even though the Lieutenant would never admit it, especially not to his men, he was starting to get extremely irritated.
His patience was wearing thin, and it was only a matter of time before he finally snapped. He wanted to get himself out of the situation, but he had nowhere else to go. He just had to push through it.
The Lieutenant tried to block the man out, but the honking and flashing just kept getting worse. It became so bad that Lieutenant Watson couldn’t ignore him if he wanted to.
If he wanted to leave this jam with his sanity intact, he either had to get out of the way, or he needed to stop this man’s irritating behavior.
Looking Around The Car
The Lieutenant looked around his car to see if he had anything he could use to show the man how irritating his behavior was.
He didn’t have much on him, though. He had only taken his backpack and the flashlight that was resting on the passenger seat. As he saw it, he wondered… No, he thought to himself.
That Was Overkill
That was a 14,000-lumen searchlight. That might not make sense to many people, but the Lieutenant knew how powerful it was. The Seals use it when they have to go on search and rescue missions or when they’re diving.
That light was brighter than the sun on a hot, clear day. It would teach the man a lesson, but it would probably cause an accident along the way.
He Had Had Enough
The Lieutenant decided to go with patience once more, but that only lasted a few minutes. The man flashed his headlights again, and Lieutenant Watson’s patience had reached its limits.
If that went on for much longer, he wouldn’t be able to hold on to the sliver that was keeping him from stopping the car and getting out.
The Last Honk
Lieutenant Watson took a couple of calming breaths, but as the man honked again, his grip on the steering wheel tightened.
He tried to talk himself down, but it was already too late. The constant blinding light and honking were just too much for him to handle, and he couldn’t take it anymore. This had to stop.
The Lieutenant snapped, and before he knew it, he was shouting at no one in particular. The man had finally managed to push him to his limits, and he would soon regret it.
Lieutenant Watson was not the type who was pushed to take revenge, but this time he wanted it more than ever. He wanted to teach this man a lesson, and he knew exactly how to do it.
Grabbing The Flashlight
When the traffic came to a standstill, Lieutenant Watson reached out and grabbed his flashlight. He knew what he was doing was wrong, but he was consumed by rage and didn’t see any other way out.
Whirling around, he flipped the switch and pointed the bright light right at the driver behind him. He didn’t see much, but a few seconds later, the driver changed lanes and left him alone.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.