Being followed (part 23)

Chapter 23

At 6 am Mandy wakes up not knowing where she was. She tries to sit up but lays back down. She had a slightly headache. The king-sized bed didn’t look familiar. It had lavender colored cotton sheets and beige pillows. There was no door in the bedroom so the light from outside was really bright. She squint her eyes to get used to it. The bed was messy. She looks inside the duvet and sees she didn’t have anything on. Then she remembered where she had been and with who. She starts to panic. She sits up in the bed and holds her head. It was hurting. She didn’t see her clothes anywhere expect her shoes on the side of the bed. She had no memory what happened after the restaurant. She wraps the duvet around her and gets out of bed. She didn’t know what the time was either. She gets to the living room. The sun from the big window is hurting her eyes. She sees her clothes on the floor.

“Good morning”

Startled she looks up. Lee was already fully dressed. He’s sitting by the counter in the open kitchen, drinking coffee and looking through a newspaper. She picks up her clothes and is about to go back to the bedroom.

“Where are you going?” He gets to her

“I have to go home”

“Home? You are home”

“What?” She’s puzzled

“You live here. For a week already. Don’t you remember?”

“No” She shakes her head

“You left your boyfriend and moved here”

“No I didn’t. You’re pulling my leg” She doubts

“You really did. You said you loved me and showed me how much”

She wasn’t really sure if it was true.

“I have to get to work” She walks towards the bedroom

The duvet is on the floor so he steps on it so it falls down her body which leaves her bare. He gets closer and wraps his arms around her waist from behind. He kisses her left ear.

“Let’s stay here. I’ll help you remember” He whispers

Something wasn’t right. She wouldn’t move in with someone just like that. He was either lying or trying to fool her. He loses his grip when she turns around.

“If I lived here I would remember” She picks the duvet from the floor

“Then why are you here if you didn’t?”

“I don’t know. If I don’t leave now I’ll be late for work” She takes her clothes and gets to the bedroom with the duvet around her

She lays the clothes on the bed. There’s a wardrobe beside the bed. She looks in it but hers wasn’t there. If she lived there, where were her clothes? She gets back to the living room. He has sat back by the counter. He looks up and smiles.

“Where are my clothes then?”

“You really don’t remember. What was in that wine?”

“I wouldn’t ask would I?” She says upset

“You’re not a morning person, are you?” He smirks

“If you’re not telling me right now, you got another thing coming”

“What’s that then?” He stands up and gets closer to her

“This is not a joke. Why can’t you tell me?” She was getting fed up with this

“All right. Let’s just say you left in a hurry”

“What is that supposed to mean? If I don’t leave now I’ll be late”

He tries to take the duvet off her but she holds it tightly.

“If you stayed you wouldn’t need clothes” He looks in her eyes

“I don’t have time for this” She’s about to leave

“Just a quick one” He grabs her arm and gives her a passionate kiss

Her headache disappears for a moment. His soft wet kiss could take any pain away. She could almost give in. As he moves his hand across the duvet, she pushes him away.

“If I don’t leave now I have to stay overtime”

“You’re not much fun sober” He says disappointed

“I need some clothes. I can’t wear these ones”

“Let’s hope your boyfriend is not home. Or should I say ex”

She ignores it and gets back to the bedroom to put her clothes on. When she’s ready she gets to the bathroom. There’s no time for a shower. She would use the one at the office. One look in the mirror and she gets to the living room. Her purse lies on the couch.

“Do you have a painkiller?” She asks when she sees him by the window looking out

He was quiet and kept looking out in the horizon.

“Did you hear me?”

“Sorry what did you say?” He looks her way

“A painkiller”

“No sorry. You have to suffer” He walks pass her and gets to the kitchen

“What’s wrong with you?” She looks in her purse and sees Annette had called

It was 10 past 7 already. She would call her later. When she looks up, Lee was gone. She had to get to work and he was acting like a child. She could order a cab but she didn’t know the address. In a moment he gets back from the bedroom. He didn’t say anything. If she really had left Ben, which she still couldn’t understand, why she did it for this one? If her memory just would come back. Alcohol really didn’t suit her. He gets to the front door to open it. He had changed his clothes from his dark blue suit to a light gray one. One thing was sure. He looked damn fine. She did remember how gentle he could be. When they get to his car that was parked outside on the parking lot, they get inside.

The whole trip to her former home, they didn’t speak. She had to come up with a plan what to tell Annette. It would be a little difficult since she didn’t remember much. They get to the house and while he waits outside. When she steps inside it didn’t look like she’d been away for a week. She didn’t think much about it. She had to get to work. She takes her clothes off in the bedroom and decides to take a quick shower. She would be very late but she felt sweaty. She takes a suitcase from the closet after the shower. Or all she could carry. She loved clothes so she had a lot of them. She finds painkillers in the cabinet in the bathroom and then she brushes her teeth. It was also strange why she didn’t have a toothbrush where she lived now. It made her even more suspicious about what Lee had told her.

She sees a picture of her and Ben on the night stand. After putting a long-sleeved blue blouse and a light brown skirt with white shoes, she closes the suitcase. She sits down on the bed and looks at the photo. It was taken on a beach in Miami where they attended a wedding. She looked so happy. Where did that all go? Ben was the love of her life and now it was over. A tear appeared on her cheek. She wipes it off with her index finger. She sits up and takes her suitcase. She quickly calls Annette before leaving the house. Lee has got impatient. He leans against the car on the passenger’s side, looking at the time on his mobile. The sun was warming the air. A hotter weather was finally arriving after a cooler period.

“Took you long enough. Hard to say goodbye?” He looks up

“Sorry I took a shower. Let’s go” She gets to the car and opens the backdoor to put her suitcase on the back seat

He gets inside while she does too.

“I can’t wait all day. I need to be somewhere” He starts the engine

“I’m sorry. We should have left earlier”

“It was you who took a shower” He drives to the street

“Sorry about that” She looks out of the window

She could hear annoyance in his voice.

“It’s your fault if I’ll be late” He takes a glimpse at her

“Well so will I. Don’t think you’re the only one” She looks back at him

“You’re friends with your boss but I’m gonna be late worse things can happen”

“Alright” She didn’t want to say more

Soon they’re at the security company. He drops her off and drives away. It was time for Mandy to meet the consequences.