Once outside, we were stopped short by the sheets of rain falling from the sky. In what seemed like an instant monsoon, we could barely see each other, let alone anything else.
"Joanna, do you have your car keys handy?" Karissa asked.
I checked all my pockets. "Yep," I said, feeling the familiar flashlight keychain.
"Well let's make a run for your car and get the heck out of here."
I looked at her like she was crazy. "But how will I drive in this rain? And where would we go?"
She simply shrugged and said, "I'm thinking we could just wait this storm out at the mall or somewhere else very well lit and very populated. Plus I could go for a Great American Cookie right now."
I stared out into the darkness. I knew the general direction of my car from here, but it would be tricky getting there.
"Ok. I guess we'll go for it. We can't just stand here. My car is on the other side of that building over there so we'll dart straight across the grass and follow the outline of the building to the other side, ok?"
She nodded and reached for my hand. "Let's do this."
Once my keys were securely back into my pocket and our hands locked tightly together, we ran straight out into the rain. We were immediately soaked to the bone and completely blinded by the sheer amount of water falling from the sky.
Once we were in the middle of the grass and out of sight of both buildings, the worst thing imaginable happened. I slipped on the muddy grass and fell heavily on my ankle.