Juan gasped as he trekked up the wooded incline to the main road. Passing cars ignored his outstretched thumb. Fighting for breath, he jogged along the roadside.
Rattling metal and a growling motor thundered behind him. Juan flinched as the speeding truck nicked his arm and rumbled past him.
The truck U-turned in the road and raced towards him. Juan recognized the truck and plunged into the weeds on the shoulder to avoid collision.
The breaks squealed and the truck halted.
Grinding gears: a quick clunk, and the truck reversed as Mr. Jones took one more swipe at his daughter’s boyfriend.