“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 find. 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 noticed 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.