Mandy’s life changed in a heartbeat. Annette had been found in the ally badly beaten. She was barely alive when a drifter had found her. They had done everything they could but they couldn’t save her. Mandy’s life fell apart. Her best friend was dead and she was in an abusive relationship. The only person she could truly trust was Ben but she wasn’t allowed to meet him. If she did, Lee would punish her sexually. Overnight she became depressed. She had to quit her job which was now managed by total strangers. Even Max wasn’t working there anymore. She was all alone. Even worse was that Lee was always around. He never hit her but always calling her names. He had totally changed. The police had asked him about the finger prints they had found of him. He admitted he had met Annette and they had an intimate moment but she was alive when he left. Mandy didn’t know anything about it. There had been surveillance cameras but they had been shut down for an hour. The reason was unknown. They had to let him go. That experience changed him for the worse. Even if Mandy cried of her friend’s death, he didn’t care. All he wanted was to make her suffer. She was a prisoner.
A month after Annette’s funeral, Mandy gets a call from one of her friend’s relatives. They lived in New York and they invited her to live with them for a while. They knew her parents had passed away when she was a 15 years old and she was the only child. There was a way out; she thought. But that’s where she was wrong. Lee wanted to tag along. She was his property and she wasn’t going alone anywhere. They flew to the city and settled at a hotel. He didn’t want to take the risk to live anywhere else. He didn’t trust anyone. He was always on alert. When they went to Annette’s relatives, Mandy wasn’t allowed to speak until he said so. They would act as normal as possible.
“It’s just awful what happened to poor Annette. She was such a lovely girl”
Greta was her aunt. Since they lived across the country, they hadn’t kept in touch that often. Her husband, Bill was an accountant while Greta was a home wife. They were happy to meet Mandy who Annette had talked a lot about when they called each other. They didn’t notice she wasn’t saying much. They just thought she was just quiet. When they asked her a question, she looked at Lee first. She played her part well. They left after an hour. The suggestion of her living there didn’t come up. He made sure of that. They got back to the hotel.
“Good girl. You did well” He says when they’re up in their room
He rewarded her by taking her from behind. It was more of a reward to him for succeeding to make her feel worthless. He didn’t let her wear anything revealing or use make-up. She wasn’t allowed to attract anyone but him. Her life had become a living hell.
Summary: Mandy’s life is about to change.
Mandy called the police and they got there in 20 minutes. Lee had waited in the car that seemed for ages so he gets upstairs to get her. She was being questioned by the police. There were a lot of them. There were taking fingerprints and looking for clues. He gets to her when they’re finished with her.
“What is going on?” He says when he gets there
Mandy turns around to look at him.
“Annette is missing. I found blood. Something must have happened”
“There’s nothing we can do. Let’s go” He says and takes her hand
“Excuse me” A police man says “What’s your name, sir?”
Calmly he replies. They want to ask him questions but he refuses to answer them. He just claims he didn’t know anything. For Mandy it seemed strange. She didn’t trust him after all he’s done. Even going home with him made her nervous. The police asked him if he knew Annette but he only met her once. Then the police let them go. The police would call if they had made any progress in the investigations. They get to the elevator, Lee still holding her hand. They don’t speak. Mandy looked at him, thinking how to handle this. He had acted strangely lately. Especially during the questioning by the police. They get into his car which is parked on the other side of the street. But he doesn’t start the engine. He just looks forward. In a moment he turns to look at her.
“Why did you call the cops?”
“I found blood on her desk” She looks back at him
“Yeah that’s it” She was puzzled
“That could have been anything. No need for a cop to come and snoop around”
He was too calm. She expected him to erupt in rage but there was no sign of that.
“I haven’t seen her all day. She never skips work without a reason”
“Maybe she has a boyfriend” Is his reply
“I know she doesn’t”
“How about Ben?”
“What about him?” She thought it was weird he mentioned him
“You didn’t know?”
“Know what?” She’s confused
“She kept in touch with him when you didn’t. She’s in love with him”
“What do you mean? They’re just friends”
“They’re probably doing it right now” He looks away
Why was he acting this way? Was he trying to wind her up? Ben had just broken up after 10 years and she was hurt. This wouldn’t help her recover.
“You made that up”
“No I didn’t” He looks at her
“Why do you want to hurt me? I haven’t done anything to you”
“Except cheating on me” His calm was gone
“All the time. Every time I’m not around”
“I haven’t done anything” She was upset
“Stop lying” He raises his voice “Even with Max, who’s quite a whiner”
“So every guy I talk to is cheating?”
“Exactly. You’re an attention whore. That’s the reason you dress like that. I’m surprised you don’t sleep around more often” He looks at her clothing
He could call her anything but this was the last thing she wanted to be called. She was close to leave.
“So you’re gonna tell me how to dress as well?” She gets angry
“No I like that” He lays his left hand under her skirt and up to her panties and gets closer to her ear “I want you to be my whore” He whispers and then looks in her eyes
But she wouldn’t take this. She takes his hand away and opens the car door. She’s about to step out, when he drags her back inside. He wasn’t furious though. It just made him more aroused.
“You need to be punished for trying to leave” He opens his jeans, revealing his erection
He tries to push her head down but she refuses.
“I’ve just lost my friend and all you can think about is your pleasure” She was upset
“Come one Mandy just take it in your mouth and do it. I promise to come quickly” He was already taking it out
If she didn’t do it now, she had to do it later. She gets down and does what he’s said. When she’s finished she wipes her wet lips on a napkin from her purse.
“Good girl” He smiles and zipper up his jeans “Be ready in an hour”
What was this man doing to her? She couldn’t stop herself. There was something about him she couldn’t resist. Even if Annette was missing, she still did everything he said. He made her forget everything. So far she had been lucky not to get pregnant or get some sexual decease. With so much unprotected sex, her luck could end any day.
He starts the engine and they drive home. Just when they’re about to enter the building, a police car drives to the driveway. They want them for questioning to the station. They had found evidence in the office. It was now a crime scene.
“Hello” Mandy replies carefully
She thought he would yell at her but by her surprise, he’s calm.
“He’s there now, is he?” Ben says in the other end
“He sent these photos to me. Do you know?”
“Mhm” She keeps saying
“I understand now. You were drunk, right? You didn’t know he took them. Don’t reply I know the answer. Um, I know I shouldn’t have been angry. It’s not your fault he stalked you. I shouldn’t have left for England”
Mandy looks up at Lee, who still looked angry. She was too afraid to talk. He was getting impatient. He grabs her mobile from her hand.
“If you want to talk, come here and say it, coward” He yells into it and switches it off
He throws it on the floor and steps on it with his foot so it breaks. Mandy didn’t like it at all.
“What is your problem?” She raises her voice
“Oh I’m sorry. Did I hurt you?” He looks closely at her
She wasn’t afraid of him. He had broken her expensive mobile and yelled at her. No one could tell her what to do and get away with it. She stands up. She didn’t care about his childish behavior. She never thought she would see this side of him. If he acted like this all the time, Ben was a much better choice.
“I don’t know who has upset you but you should not take it on me or on another person” She stood up for herself
“Shut up” He pushes her back on her chair
He walks back and forth nervously in front of her desk. She keeps looking at him. He stops and sits down in front of her desk. She slowly moves her hand across the table to touch his hand he had laid on the table. He doesn’t even look her way when she does. He stands up again and looks at the time on his wrist watch. She still had work to do so she moves closer to her desk. He doesn’t react to that. Maybe he had calmed down. But when the elevator opens and Ben steps out, he get agitated again. Mandy stops looking in her computer and keeps sitting down.
“What is going on?” Ben stands beside the desk when he gets there
“So you showed up? Must have taken a lot of encouragement, huh” Lee snaps at him
“What do you want?” Ben was calm
“So those photos didn’t give you a hint?”
“Was that a hint? A hint that you make a girl drunk and then force her to do things she usually wouldn’t do?”
Luckily Ben was also quite tall and he wasn’t intimidated by him.
“You must remember who your girlfriend is. She might look innocent but deep inside she’s wild. That’s something you have never experienced” Lee glimpse at Mandy with a grin
Ben looks at her but she looks away embarrassed.
“It looked to me that your stalking got out of hand” Ben looks at Lee
He takes his mobile and search for the photos he didn’t send. He shows the screen to Ben. There was a picture of Mandy with another woman doing things to each other. On another one she’s thrusting something inside her while another naked man is watching. There were a few other shocking photos that were too disturbing to print. Ben was shocked.
“I especially love this one. Gosh it turned me on” Lee looked at one more without showing it
Ben looks upset at Mandy.
“How could you do these things? I know when you get drunk you can do weird things but this. This is too much”
“I’m sorry Ben, I didn’t know before I saw them. Can you ever forgive me?” She stands and gets closer to him
Lee couldn’t stand it but he didn’t interfere. Ben kept looking at her. He was speechless. He never thought a 10 year old relationship would end like this. He mostly blamed himself for not giving her enough of affection. Instead she went to someone else.
“I’m sorry Mandy but it seems this wasn’t just a stalking thing. It was an affair I can’t accept. Maybe it’s time for us to separate. I will always love you but now it’s time to say farewell. I’m sorry”
Tears were running down her cheeks when she listened to him. She noticed Lee’s was amused. She wraps her arms around Ben’s neck to get that grin out of his face. She gives Ben a final kiss and they move away from each other and smile. She keeps looking at him until he gets inside the elevator. Then it was all over. She looks upset at Lee and then sits back in her chair.
“You could have skipped that kiss”
“No I didn’t have to. I just wanted to make you jealous. I hope you’re happy now” She didn’t look at him
“More than happy. Now you’re all mine” He gets closer to her and kisses her neck but she shuts him out “I’ll wait in the car” He then leaves
The day was over soon. Annette never got back. Things that had happened earlier totally outshone Mandy’s worry about her. When she closes her computer, she remembers again. She gets to her room and notices something was on her desk. It was blood. It wasn’t much but it was enough. Something had happened in there. She had to call the police. This was more important than going home to be taken advantaged off. Annette had to be found.
Mandy walks down the street from the café they usually went to lunch. She was upset for getting fired and losing a good friend. The battery on her mobile was dead so she couldn’t call. For a few weeks she hadn’t kept in touch with Ben like they were supposed to do. He was probably too busy anyway. She had been too concentrated on her personal feelings towards Lee. What Annette had claimed sounded harsh but when she thought about it, some of it could be true. He was capable of doing bad things but not to her. That was one of the reasons she didn’t believe her friend at first. When she came out of the building she thought of going back to Lee’s car but it was gone. Sometimes things felt strange. He was always around when she thought about him. How did he know? It was all a mystery to her. Maybe it was just a coincidence.
She didn’t know where to go so she went to the park to think it through. It was nice and a warm day and people were walking or sitting on a bench with their lunches. She sits there a while and then decides to go back to the office to apologize so she could get her job back. When she gets to the floor, there’s no one there. Not even Annette. She sits down by her desk and opens her computer. She lays her mobile in the charger and sees a few calls had arrived. It was from Annette a few times and one was from Ben. She looks at the time on her computer. It was already 2 pm. Since no one was there, she begins to work. She replies to a few emails from clients and then she goes to Max room. She sits down by his desk and opens his computer. There are a few personal emails but those were private so she didn’t read them. She sends a few files to her computer from his and then closes it. When she gets back to the hall, she’s sees a man sitting by her desk looking through her mobile. By her surprise it’s Ben. In a shock she stands behind him a while. What Lee had said about going back to him, entered her mind. But now she didn’t care.
“Ben?” She asks and he turns around
“Hi Mandy” He smiles and stands up “I was just about to write you a message on your phone”
She wraps her arms around his neck to hug him. She didn’t expect him to come back this soon. In a way she was happy but also worried it might be the last time.
“What are you doing here?” She says after the hug
“I’m going back in a few days but I missed you so much, I had to see you” He runs his fingers across her cheek and gives her a kiss on her lips
“I missed you too. I’m sorry I haven’t kept in touch like I promised”
“It’s OK. I’ve been quite busy”
“So how is the play going?” She sits down by her desk while he sits on the edge of it
“Really great. Full house every night”
“I’m not surprised. You’re great” She smiles
“Thank you, love. So how have you been?”
“Busy with work. I almost got fired though but I guess it was just a misunderstanding”
“Oh what happened?” He’s surprised
“Annette just upset me sometimes. It’s a long story. I don’t know where she is now. She was gone when I came back”
“It seems she left in a hurry. I looked in her office and there are papers everywhere and the computer is on. She must be somewhere in this building”
“Maybe she’ll turn up soon. Sorry Ben, I need to continue. Max is not here so I have to do his job too”
“Where is he?” He stands up
“Ill, which is weird since he’s never away”
“Even Mr. Healthy gets ill sometimes” He smiles a little
“Of course” She smiles back
“OK I leave so you can finish. Meet you at home. Bye love” He gives her a kiss on her lips and then leaves
She looks at him until he enters the elevator. Seeing him there was sure a surprise. She didn’t really know if she still loved him. It was different but compared to Lee, the same passion wasn’t there. She continues working on her computer. Once in a while she looks towards Annette’s room. It was soon 3 pm and there was no sign of her. She decided to call her but there’s no reply.
Suddenly the elevator door opens and an angry Lee steps out. He had changed his clothes to blue jeans and dark grey tee with a dark blue jacket.
“What a hell was he doing here?” He yells at her
“I’m not. I told you not to see him”
“I can’t help it if he gets here. I can’t send him off either. Besides how did you know he was here?” She was calm about it
“That’s beside the point. OK, as you wish” He takes his mobile and looks through it “Say goodbye to Ben” He shows the screen where the photos are and he’s about to press send
“No!” She jumps off her chair to stop him “He’s gonna leave in a few days”
“That’s not good enough. I’ve had it. You’re mine and no one else should have you” He presses send anyway
She starts crying and sits down on her chair. Her relationship with Ben was over. He would never want to see her again. The trip back home was unnecessary now.
“Anymore boyfriends I need to know about?” He’s still angry
“No” She says through her tears
“How about Max? Will he be any trouble?”
She doesn’t reply which makes him furious. He gets closer to her and drags her up aggressively.
“Say it” He yells in her face
“Leave him alone. He’s just a friend” She looks at him
He’s about to say something when her mobile rings. It was Ben.
“Answer it” He pushes her down on the chair “Dry your tears first”
She wipes her eyes with her sleeve and tries to calm down. Picking up her phone has never been so difficult. She would be either be told off of or a last goodbye.
Annette couldn’t stop Mandy from leaving. She didn’t want to fire her best friend. She already regretted it. She gets back to her office to call her but her phone was down. There was work to be done so she sits by her desk. She had lost two employees and now she had to do three jobs. Her lunch hour was over.
In the hall the elevator door opens and a man steps out. There’s no one around. He gets closer to Annette’s room and stops by the door post to look at her. Her long curly brown hair was in a ponytail. She dressed like Mandy but her skirts to were a bit longer. She’s too busy on the computer. Her coffee mug is beside her and she takes a few sips from it now and then. The man keeps looking at her for a while and then steps closer.
“Hi beautiful” He suddenly says which startles her
“What a hell” Annette looks up and sees Lee
Her heart was beating of fright. He gets closer and stands behind her. He lays both of his hands on her shoulders and begins to massage them.
“You should relax more” He breathes in her ear
She couldn’t move. She closes her eyes, wishing it was just a bad dream. Knowing what he could do to others, made her feel nervous. These were times she wished she wasn’t alone in the office. She calmed down and courage built inside her.
“If you looking for Mandy, she’s not here” She tries to get loose
“I know. I came to see you” He tries to kiss her neck but she manage to stand up
“Mandy might be easily manipulated but that doesn’t work with me” She was upset
“I heard you fired her. That’s not very nice. Punishing her for something I did”
“So you admit it”
“Admit what? Admit that I’m totally in love with Mandy and I’ll do anything. Or admit that two women can make me feel so hard it feels like I’m gonna explode. Or admit that I want to take you right here on your desk” He gets closer to her
“No, admit you paid to that guy to crash into me and that you raped Mandy”
“I admit the last one but I know nothing about a crash. So how about a quickie or should we wait for Mandy?”
“You’re crazy. Leave before I call security” She steps on the other side of the room
“I am security”
“What?” Annette is appalled
“I know everything that goes on here. I can hear everything you’re saying”
“You are a stalker who just happened to get the girl. Does Mandy know you’re here?”
He gets closer to her. She steps back. She was getting afraid. Even though she was 5’9”, she felt really short. She hadn’t realized how tall he was until he got closer.
“Has anyone told you how much you remind of her? You could be sisters”
She glimpse at her mobile which lay on her desk but he notice. He steps in front of her just when she’s about to grab it. He looks upset at her.
“Don’t even think about it”
She swallows and looks up at him. In seconds he’s moods changes to playful again.
“Now be a good girl and do as I say. This won’t hurt” He grabs her arm and pulls her closer to him
She wouldn’t give up without a fight.
“What will Mandy think if she found out you’re cheating on her? You already lied to her about Ben” She tries to get lose but he doesn’t let go
He looks closely at her. She looks away. It already felt uncomfortable.
“Sorry what did you say? I didn’t listen because you’re so breathtaking” He touches her hair
“Let me go” She struggles and almost succeeds to get free
“I love a woman who plays hard to get. Mandy did the exact thing and look where we are now” He tries to kiss her
He thought he could treat every women like this just because he was attractive. But Annette wouldn’t take it. She steps on his foot and he lets go. Instead of getting upset, he just smiles.
“You are spunky. I like that”
“Please leave. I don’t have time for this” She walks to the door without looking at him
“Oh now I am disappointed. Just when we got somewhere” He sits down by her desk not even trying to go anywhere
When she notices he doesn’t, she leaves the room and gets to the phone on Mandy’s desk. She tries to call her again but there’s still no answer. Lee leans against the doorpost with his arms crossed.
“Who are you trying to call?”
“That’s none of your business” She was still upset
“If it’s to Mandy, don’t bother. Let’s just say she’s tied up somewhere else” He smiles cheekily
“What have you done to her?” She gets worried
“Besides turning her from a prude to a sex goddess, nothing she didn’t want to do” He gets closer to her
She was about to get fed up with this but there were no way out. She couldn’t even imagine what Mandy had to go through. There was only one way getting out of this, let him think his approaches would work. It had to be done carefully so he wouldn’t suspect anything. She gives him a smile and meets him half way. She looks in his eyes while laying her hands on his chest. He’s about to wrap his arms around her waist but she manages to grab them.
“No touching. You want to play; we do it with my rules. Got that?”
He couldn’t believe his luck. This was exactly what he wanted to achieve. She makes him walk backwards while they look at each other. They end up in her office and in front of her desk. She opens the button on his shirt one by one and runs her hands across his bare chest. He leans against the desk and she leans against him. She makes him think she’s about to kiss him. She teases him with her lips. She could feel his hardness against her groin.
“So you like bondage then. Tying up women and do things to them. You love controlling your women, do you? Power, that’s what you aim for” She quietly says while examine his face closely
“Yes it turns me on. Annette quit it and let’s do it right away” He was aroused and is about to open her skirt from behind
“I said no touching” She looks upset at him
“I’m sorry mistress”
“Are you gonna shut up or should I tie you up?”
“I think I chose the wrong woman” He smiles
“I read the message on Mandy’s phone. I wanted you to do exactly those things to me” She runs her fingers across his lips “But you didn’t even look my way. Now you have to”
“And I like what I see. It’s always been you. Now take me out of this mystery and do me” He tries to kiss her but she gets off him
“Ha I knew it. You don’t love Mandy, you love sex. You can’t get enough of it. You lie and you cheat just to get laid. You’re frightening people to get your way. Just wait when Mandy hears this”
He was confused. She takes her mobile from her desk and is about to call when he takes it from her.
“Wait, think before you do something drastic”
“Afraid much? You finally get caught. Serves you right” She was confident
He takes a grip of her wrist and pulls her closer to him.
“You tricked me? You bitch” He slaps her cheek angrily “No one does that to me”
She holds her cheek and looks angry at him.
“So this is your way to handle things. The police will love this. Thanks for the evidence” She says and runs to the elevator
Unfortunately for her, it’s occupied and Lee catches her. He pulls by her ponytail so she falls on her back. He keeps slapping her in the face until she starts to bleed. Annette’s plan had failed. They were alone on the floor and no one could hear her cries for help.