“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.