At noon, Mandy takes a break in the break room. She hadn’t eaten the sandwich yet. She pours herself a cup of coffee with some milk and sugar in it. She sits down by the table. While eating and drinking coffee she looks through a newspaper laying there. In a few minutes Annette gets there. She pours herself some coffee and sits across her.
“Did you get any work done?” She asks and takes a sip from her cup
“Of course, why wouldn’t I?” Mandy asks and looks up at her
“If I were you, I couldn’t think about anything else beside the kiss”
“It was nothing special” She says and continues looking at the newspaper
“I’m sorry about the future boyfriend thing. I was just teasing you”
“It wasn’t really funny. I wouldn’t even considering cheating on Ben. No matter what kind of idiot leaves rude messages on my phone”
“Aren’t you at least a little flattered that someone else find you attractive?”
“No I don’t need flattering. Especially from a perv like that” Looking up from her newspaper
“Does he have a name?”
“Why do you care? Are you interested? If you are, you can have him”
“Just curious” Annette takes a sip from her mug
“Lee. At least that’s what he called himself”
“If you were single, you would react differently”
“No I wouldn’t. I still would call it creepy”
“Maybe he was just shy so following you was the only way”
“Someone shy wouldn’t write a message like that. I didn’t tell anyone about this but when I was here last evening to look for my phone. Someone was here and think it was him. I always make sure my phone is in my purse. He claimed I dropped it in the café but I’m sure I had it then. I don’t know how he got it. Maybe he allured me to get back to the office”
“Maybe it was the guard. The office is locked so how would someone else get there?”
“A person like that, anything is possible. I asked who was there but there was no answer. When I get to the street, he was suddenly there, claiming he had found my phone. It was really disturbing”
“Maybe you’re just imagining he was there. This office can be creepy at night. You know the story about the young woman who was murdered in one of the offices. She came here at night and someone stabbed her in the back. Maybe it was him. Boo” Annette widens her eyes in a scary look and then laughs
“Stop it. It’s not funny” Mandy says a bit upset
“Come on, you describe him like he’s coming to get you”
“That’s how he makes me feel”
“So it’s not your sudden attraction to him? Even if I only saw a glimpse of him, I can’t deny how hot he was”
“No he does nothing for me. He scares me. I don’t trust him one bit”
Mandy didn’t like what she was suggesting.
“You know it’s OK to have crushes. After being so long with someone like you have, you’re bound to look at other people to keep your relationship alive”
“There’s nothing wrong with it. I don’t need anyone else” She drinks some coffee
“Need is not the word I’m looking for. I’m just saying, let him play a while. He will get over it”
“So you mean I should let him follow me? I just shouldn’t pay attention?”
“Exactly. More you notice, more excited he gets. So if you ignore him altogether, he will leave you alone. All he wants is your attention”
“What if that doesn’t work? It can get worse. If he can get here at night, then he can get anywhere. He even knows where I live”
“Then you can consider calling the cops. Let’s hope it won’t get that far”
“Still it feels creepy. It won’t be easy. I already feel insecure”
“You can always walk with someone from work or call Ben. You don’t have to walk alone anywhere” Annette stands up
“I won’t. Especially now when I’m being followed”
“Just try to act normally. Keep a cool head”
“I’ll try” Mandy says and folds the newspaper “It’s back to work”
The girls put their cups on the counter and leave the room. The whole thing made her shaken. Could she be safe ever again?
Tuesday arrived quickly. Nadia had become ill so she couldn’t come to the course. Leia had to take the bus to get to the university. When she got to the classroom, the teacher was already there. He was just that and nothing else. She didn’t even look his way when she sat down beside Ana, the woman who saved her from embarrassment. She sat on the second row. They greeted. Leia wore her plain jeans and a hoodie. She took her notebook and a pencil from her bag. Ana asked where Nadia were. The girls talked until the class started. Leia would concentrate on the evening. She was there to study after all. She had told Nadia she didn’t see Richard the same way anymore. She would totally ignore him. She hadn’t done the homework just out of spite. She was still upset about what happened during class the last time. They had a 10 minute break. They handed back their assignments on the teacher’s desk on their way out. Every student left the classroom. Leia was in no hurry. She sat in her seat and wrote a text message to Nadia. After a moment she decided to go to the bathroom. When she walked to the door, she looked in her mobile and didn’t notice Richard had got from behind his desk and was standing by the doorpost. She almost bumps into him.
“Where’s your assignment?”
She looked up. This time he had jeans and a long-sleeved shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows. She hadn’t paid attention to his clothing until now. He smelled really good. He stood quite close to her. She hadn’t realized how tall he really was. Herself were 5′ 7” and yet she felt much shorter than him.
“I didn’t have to time to do it” She lied
“Well, you can do it later”
“Sorry but I won’t have time”
“If you want to get a diploma, you must do them”
“I’ll try. Will you excuse me” She said and was about to leave
“Leia” He said and made her move one step back
So now he was making a move while the door was open. Anyone could come in and get the wrong idea.
“Where is your friend?” He asked and stopped walking
“Nadia is ill”
“I thought she quit”
He was acting strangely.
“No just ill. I should really get to the bathroom” She said and was about to walk pass him
“Will she come to class on Thursday?” He said and got closer to her
“Maybe. Why do you ask?”
“No reason” He replied and smiled a little
“Was that all?”
“How will you get home?”
“By bus of course”
“If you want I can give you a lift”
“No thanks. I’ll manage”
She knew if she didn’t stop this now, he would kiss her. Just when he was about to, she walked pass him. She quickly got to the bathroom. The class would continue soon. The hall was almost empty. She stands in front of the mirror after she finished. When she got out of the bathroom, Richard was waiting outside. The class was about to continue and here he was.
“There you are” He said
“I was on my way back”
“No hurry” He said and caressed her hair
“What it your problem? Shouldn’t we continue?” She said a little upset and took his hand away
“Just one. One kiss” He said impatiently and was about to bend down to her
She wasn’t even wearing anything sexy and yet he was willing to go this far.
“Richard, take a grip” She took one step back
“So now you say my name”
“I’m your student. You should not behave like that”
“Didn’t you like me?”
“No I don’t. Not now. We got to go before they wonder where we are”
“There’s time. Leia, kiss me. Then we can go” He said and got closer again
She knew she would regret it. Without even looking around, he gently kissed her. When their lips met, it wasn’t an innocent kiss. It was a passionate one. He pushed her against the wall. They couldn’t stop. Someone had to. She pushed him away and they looked at each other.
“That’s better. Now we got that out of the way” He said and got back to the classroom
Leia was amazed. No one had kissed her that way. How could she sit in class now when the man she just kissed was in front of her? Could she keep her concentration on the subject at all? When she got back to the class, he had already started. Somehow he could just go on like nothing had happened. She on the other hand couldn’t. She just couldn’t believe she just kissed the teacher.