There is no instinct like that of the heart
I’m going to be so late today. My boss will kill me. I thought as I was walking towards the bus station.
“Hey, watch out buddy” I said as a young boy of about 18 years old rushed passed me.
He seemed to be in a hurry. He was wearing a grey hoody and a pair of worn out jeans. He went into an alley and seemed nervous from his expressions. I wanted to see what he was up to. If I go after him, I will get a good hearing from my boss for being late. But I wanted to follow my instinct and see where he was going.
When I reached the alley, he was gone; nowhere in sight. I was beginning to feel the chill. I put my hands in my pocket. There was something in it. I didn’t remember putting anything in my there. I took it out and it was a note.
It read –
Help me. I’m in deep trouble. Please do not contact the police. They will kill me. Just come to this alley at 8:00 pm tonight. I will tell you what to do.
Just think about your family and what you would do for them if they were in trouble. Please I beg you to help me.
I didn’t react for a minute after reading the note. Here was a stranger asking me or rather begging me for help. What am I supposed to do? If I help him, I will put myself and possibly my family in danger. But if I do not help this young boy then he will probably die, which I did not want, just because I was too scared to help him even though he is a complete stranger to me.
So I decided to overcome my fears and help this boy. I left the alley soon after. I was preoccupied the whole day at work. Kept thinking what might happen in the alley that night.
“Hey, thank you so much for coming. I didn’t think you would come” said the young boy.
“I didn’t think I would, but then I thought about what you said and I would do the same if it were my family. So I decided to come” I said.
“Great, I don’t have much time. You just have to deliver this package to this address. Just leave the package at the door. Do not talk to anybody, do not tell anybody about this” He said
“Ok, but why are you doing this? Who are these people? What do they want from you?” I asked curiously.
“Please don’t ask any questions. We don’t have time to waste. Just do as I ask” he explained.
After that, I left and delivered the package to the address he had given me. I never asked anything or never spoke about it to anyone.
A few days later, I read in the newspaper that the young boy was hired by the police and was working undercover to bust a drug cartel.
I got a call from the police department the next day. They wanted me to come down to the police station.
“Come in Mr. Kies, please have a seat” said the head policeman.
“How can I help sir?” I asked
“You already have. You helped save our operation from ruining. The young boy who gave you the package was actually working for us. For his protection we can’t tell you his real name. His cover was about to get blown, so he gave that package to you to deliver and prove his loyalty to them. If they would have known who he really was, they would have killed him and his whole family. So, in a way, you saved his life, his family’s life and you helped catch dangerous drug dealers” said the policeman.
“After you delivered the package, they were satisfied that the boy is genuine. We caught them red-handed trying to smuggle illegal material out of the country”
“Thank you for helping us. We will always be indebted to you. If there is anything you need. Do let us know.”
“I’m just happy I listened to him. I generally wouldn’t do it but there was something about him that made me change my mind. I just followed my gut feeling. I didn’t know I was helping the police” I said
I went home that day feeling content that I helped someone and he will get to go back to his family and friends and not worry about his life every minute of the day.