Strength in numbers
When the OP left her boyfriend’s party early due to a headache, she realized that someone was following her from behind. Understandably scared at the thought of a stalker, she picked up her pace until she ran into a random group of people outside of a bar. She asked to borrow a lighter and chatted with them for a bit until she saw the stranger leave.
Thankfully, this group of people didn’t have any ill intentions, and a bouncer called a taxi for her. If she didn’t hear the glass bottle smashing behind her, who knows what would’ve happened that night?