“Got it!” sighed Sandy, rolling her eyes before refocusing on the phone clutched in her hands. Her mother, sat in the driver’s seat, glanced in the rearview mirror. She didn’t believe Sandy had listened to a word she said. “Are you sure?”
Sandy was more concerned with learning more about the blossoming relationship between her classmates that was unfolding across social media. It had all the ingredients for an angry Ex to come charging in to make things even more interesting.
She glanced up when she realised the car had stopped. Her mother’s new electric car was spookily silent even at full speed, and it could even drive itself. They had parked in a rather empty car park at the foot of a bland-looking office block. Her mother quickly checked her hair in the visor mirror, before twisting around to look directly at Sandy.
Sandy put her phone down. “Yes. Don’t touch anything and lock the door as soon as you’re out. Relax, mum. Just go in and have a good interview. Good luck.”Her mother smiled and exited the car. Sandy deliberately raised her index finger and slowly pushed down on the door lock to emphasis she had done as asked. Then she gave a little wave and turned back to the drama on her mobile.
She wasn’t aware how long she’d been engrossed in the online argument before she glanced up to see she was moving. For a moment, Sandy thought her mother had returned.
But the driver’s seat was empty.
A flashing message on the car’s display screen read: AUTO-PILOT ENGAGED. DESTINATION SET.
Sandy felt her heart pound in her chest. The car was driving itself… and it was kidnapping her…