Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hunted

“I still don’t see anyone out there.” Jenny said as she walked into the back room of the shoe store. “Are you ready to go yet?”

“Yeah, just – ah – just give me a second. And thanks for waiting for me.”

She didn’t see him, but I knew he was out there. He said he would be when he called the store earlier. I lied about what time we closed, but he knew I was lying. And he had no problem waiting. He did it all the time.

The rain was pouring down when we made our move to lock up the store and get to our cars.

“Good luck – is that him?” Jenny asked before she got in her car.

“Shit – yeah – I gotta go, thanks!!” I yelled as I jumped in my Celebrity and raced out of the parking lot. He saw me. He followed me. It was only a short drive to the apartment building, but how was I supposed to park and get in? I had to lose him.

With shaking hands, I reached for my seatbelt – doing 75 mph – it was raining so hard all I could see was his truck in my rear view. I lit a cigarette.

I ran a red light, cut off a couple cars and managed to catch a small break – so small he still saw me turn into the complex. I sped through the parking lot, praying to God nobody walked out in front of me.

I found a spot in the back, where it would be harder to spot. I ran halfway to the door. There, I crouched down next to a truck, soaking wet, and waited for him to see my car. Once he spotted it and made his way to the back, I ran for the door. The security lock was broken – good for me, but good for him, too. I ran up the two flights of stairs as fast as I could. When I reached the top, I heard the main door open.

I ran down the long hallway and pounded on the apartment door. The Man opened it to find me drenched, shaking.

“What’s going on?” He asked.

I pushed my way into the apartment and quickly closed the door.

“He was waiting for me after work.” I answered.

He didn’t ask any more questions.

He just took me in his arms and held me as I started to sob.

12 comments:

Brillig said...

Holy Crap. You mentioned something about this to me recently, and I'd been wanting to ask about it. I can't even imagine how terrifying that was. My heart was pounding the whole time I read this!

Kelly said...

That is the scariest thing I've read in a long time! What happened next???

Kristina said...

I remember the celebrity and the shoe store!

But that's all I know:(

Scary scary scary.

Butrfly4404 said...

Ahh, Kelly...that is the problem with starting the story near the end, isn't it?

Next week: The beginning.

I hope you all feel especially priviledged because, as Kristina (my SIL) pointed out, there aren't many people who know these things. And there isn't anyone who knows it all.

Sugar Kane said...

How scary!! I'm dying to hear the rest. I'm especially glad to know you're ok.

Worker Mommy said...

Whoa,next week ? I gotta know the beginning today! (she says stomping her foot with hand on hip)


:)

Cherann said...

Now, I get why you posted those safety tips on my blog after I was accosted by the homeless guy...you've obviously been through something very terrifying.

I'm anxious to read the rest of the story.

Worker Mommy said...

I was just checking back in hopes that maybe ,just maybe I'd see the rest of the story and it struck me that maybe I was a little insensitive with my comments. That was not at all my intent as it is clear that whatever the whole experience was it was likely very terrifying.
Please forgive the kook that can sometimes be me and I look forward to hearing the rest of the story when you're ready to tell it.

exskindiver said...

a,
are you okay?
please do not mess with this.
report harassing behavior.
i am thinking of you.
it is not easy to have to look over your shoulder.
be safe.
~chesca

Butrfly4404 said...

Oh, I'm okay now. This was...6 years ago, I think? Maybe five. I don't know...it will all become more clear (I hope) after next week ;)

I have a tendency of starting somewhere, forgetting that not everyone knows what I'm talking about. :)

WorkerMommy - no problems...I try to read everything with a *cheery* tone so as not to take things the wrong way! :)

Worker Mommy said...

Thanks butrfly (see I had to check back in and make sure all was forgiven - because I'd be sad if I knew I'd inadvertently offended you in my pathetic attempt at trying to be funny)

Goldy said...

I read this thinking it was well written fiction... until I got to the comments. Looking forward to reading more.