Mandy gets out of the office at 5 pm. She would meet Ben at the bar as usual. This time her co- workers was with her. When they get there, he hadn’t arrived yet. She sits by a table with her boss and best friend, Annette and a few others. They order their drinks when the waitress gets to them. Since it was a small bar, not many customers were present. They talk about their day and then the conversation turns into daily things. Mandy kept quiet. She looks at the clock on the wall behind the counter. It was already over 5.30 pm. Annette noticed she looked nervous.
“Mandy, you’re awfully quiet”
“Ben hasn’t arrived yet” She replies and takes a sip from her beer glass
“Maybe he’s stuck in traffic”
“I hope so”
“Don’t worry, he will turn up soon” Annette comforts her
But she was still nervous. She decided to call him. She looks through her purse but she could not find her phone. She almost starts to panic.
“I forgot my phone” She says to Annette “I have to go”
“Do you want me to come with you?”
“I’ll be fine. Tell Ben if you see him that I’ll be right back” She says and stands up to leave the bar
It was getting dark outside. Luckily she was at the company in no time. It was already closed but she had a key. She takes the elevator to the 10th floor where the offices were. She gets to her desk but the phone is not there. She tries to think where she had it last. She looks through the drawers. Suddenly she hears a noise. It was like someone opened a door. She looks up but no one is there. She continues to search. She empties her purse on the desk. But it’s not there. She sits down on her chair to think. Then there’s the same noise again. She slowly stands up and listens.
She looks down the hall.
“Is anybody there?” She carefully asks but there’s no answer
Her heart was beating faster. She quietly put her things back in her purse. The office was creepy after work hours. Maybe she could have asked Annette to come with her after all. She takes her purse and gets to the elevator. The strange thing was that the elevator was on the 1st floor. Maybe someone was there after all. She was more worried about her phone. She must have dropped it. Her purse was usually secure. She gets to the street. It was usually a busy one but now only a few cars were driving by. Her friends were probably worried where she was.
“Were you looking for your phone?” A male voice suddenly says
“Gee, you startled me” She says while turning around
“Sorry about that” He says and smiles
“How did you know it was missing?” She ask doubting, still being shaken
“You dropped it in the café earlier” He says and takes it from his jacket pocket
He looks somehow familiar. Then she remembers where she had seen him before.
“How did you know I was here?” She tries to question him
“I asked the café where I could find you”
“How did they know? I usually don’t talk to the staff there”
“I guess they just knew”
“It doesn’t really matter. I got my phone back” She says and reaches her hand
But he doesn’t give it to her. He keeps it in his hand and looks at her
“Could I have it, please?”
“Oh sorry” He says and gives it to her
“Thank you” She says and takes it
“I didn’t look in it, I swear” He says and smiles
She smiles a little and then leaves. There were something familiar about him but at the same time a little creepy. Maybe she only felt like that because what happened in the office. She gets back to the bar.
More people had arrived. She smiles when she sees Ben sitting by the counter talking to Annette. She gets there and sneaks behind him. She wraps her arms around his waist.
“Guess who?” She asks and he turns around
He gives her a kiss and hugs her.
“You’re shaking” He says and looks at her
“It’s a bit chilly outside”
“It’s not that chilly. Something happened?”
“No, everything is fine” She replies and smiles “So where were you?”
“I should be going” Annette says, stepping down from her bar stool “See you tomorrow Mandy”
“See ya” Mandy says and her friend leaves
“I had a call from my agent. I have to fly to Europe next week to talk about a job. I did try to call you”
“I lost my phone and I haven’t looked at it yet”
“So you found it. Where was it?”
“At the café. So you got a job?” She says and sits on the bar stool Annette had sat in
“Isn’t it closed?”
“It was. What kind of job is it?”
“Don’t change the subject”
“What is there to tell? I got my phone back”
“When you keep changing the subject, I thought you’re trying to hide something”
“I just thought there’s nothing else to tell. No need to suspect anything”
“I wasn’t. Never mind. Shall we go?” He says and drinks the rest of his drink
She gets off the bar stool and takes her purse with her that she had laid on the counter when she sat down. She didn’t want to bother him about what happened in the office or about the man she had met. They get to their car which is parked a few meters away. The whole trip they didn’t talk. She was tired anyway. It was already 7 pm and they hadn’t eaten dinner yet. Luckily there were leftovers from the day before. While they watch the news on TV after they’ve eaten, she looks through her phone. There was a saved message that wasn’t there before. She opens the message to read it. She couldn’t believe her eyes. She looks at Ben but he’s too busy watching TV.
“I need a drink” She says and gets up from the couch they’re sitting on
She gets to the kitchen and takes some water from the fridge to pour it in a glass. She takes a sip. She sits down by the kitchen table to read the rest of the message. After finish reading, she closes it. She was appalled. How could anyone write to her that way? None of her male friends would ever do it. There was only one person that could and that was the person who had her phone last.
Mandy and Ben get to their car that is parked a few meters away. A black car is following them a little further away. They get home and drive to the garage. The black car is parked on the other side of the street. The driver waits. It was getting dark outside. The lights are turned on in the house. The evening goes by and a few hours later, the lights are turned off. The man outside waits all night. He wakes up when he hears voices outside. Mandy is talking to Ben and they’re saying goodbye. She would take the bus to work. The man in the car sits up straight and waits until Ben has gone back inside. A few minutes later the man in the car gets out of it. Before crossing the street, he looks from the right to the left to see there’s no traffic. He gets to the front door of the house but doesn’t ring the bell. He thinks what to say first. Then he rings the bell and waits. It takes a while before the door opens.
“Hi, is Mandy home?” The man asks even if he knew the answer
“No she just left. Who’s asking?” Ben replies
“Just a friend”
“She has a lot of friends. May I ask what your name is so I can tell her you stopped by?”
“Lee” He says and leaves straight away
Puzzled Ben closes the front door and walks to the living room. He calls Mandy who has just arrived to her work place.
“Hi, babe. Forgot to say something?” She asks on the other end
“Just called to ask if you knew someone called Lee?” He says and sits on the couch
“As soon as you left, this guy came and asked for you”
“How did he look like?”
“Really tall, about 6’4″, brownish hair. Maybe green eyes. Not sure”
“Nope, doesn’t sound familiar. What did he want?”
“I don’t know. He only said his name and left”
“I thought so too. Well I let you go now. See you later”
“Bye. I love you” She says and ends the call
Lee has got back to his car and is driving to the security company. The company was in a 10 storage building. When he gets there, he parks his car on the other side of the street. He could see the entrance. He knew Mandy’s schedule. At 1 pm he sees her coming out of the building. She usually was alone but this time she had a few co-workers with her. He steps out of the car and crosses the street. He knew where they were going so he follows them. A few blocks away from the company there’s a small café where they served lunch. When they step inside, he does the same but a little further back. They order something to eat and sit by a table by the window. Lee orders a coffee and sits by a table close to theirs. He didn’t listen to their conversation. There was too much noise from other customers. He kept staring at Mandy. She was always smiling. She was quite talkative too. She’s wearing a white blouse with buttons and a brown skirt that reached above the knee. On her feet she has low high heels. Her hair was in a bun. It was not only her appearance that he felt attracted to. It was also her personality. In a moment they’re leaving. When she stands up from her chair, Lee does the same. He then “accidently” bumps into her.
“Oh I’m sorry” He apologizes and smiles
“It’s OK” She replies and smiles back
She walks to the front door. He leaves a tip on his table and follows her a little further away. She catches her co-workers. They get back to the company. Lee gets into his car on the other side of the street. He was pleased he had made contact with her.
Character: Benedict Cumberbatch
Fan fiction: RPF (real person fiction)
About: True love never dies. Or does it? Mandy and Benedict are a British couple who lives in Santa Monica. They have not a care in the world. One day their happiness is being tested. Someone is following her.
Author Notes: Warning! Might contain mature content. This story has never happened. Only the names are real. Feedback or tips are welcome.
Mandy is a British woman in her late 20’s, living in Santa Monica in LA with her boyfriend Benedict. She works as a personal assistant in a security company. They lived in a single storey brick house a few miles from the town Centre. Every morning at 7 am, Benedict gave her a lift to work in a grey BMW. She didn’t have a driver’s license of her own. She had long blonde hair and brown eyes. She always wore skirts and high heels. She had a lot of male friends because of her beauty and outgoing personality. She still managed to stay faithful. She had many suitors but she was strong-willed. She loved Ben, as she called him, with all her heart. They’ve been together for 10 years and their relationship was still going strong. They had met through friends. She didn’t believe love at first sight but when she met him, she changed her mind. He was 6’0″, short brown hair and piercing blue-green eyes. His rich baritone voice made her fall in love with him even deeper. He was an actor but now he was taking a break from it. Every evening after her work day was over, they met at a bar for a drink. Sometimes they met their friends there but this evening it was only two of them. They always sat by the counter. The bar was small and had a cozy atmosphere. It had 10 to 11 tables and a few booths. The bar was situated a few blocks away from her work place.
Mandy is sitting by the counter, waiting for Ben to arrive. She has ordered a cocktail and is talking to the male bartender that she knew well. She was very talkative person and made friends easily. There were only a few customers. While they’re talking and laughing, a man on his 30’s is sitting by table a little further away, watching her. He’s been watching her from a far for a few days. He had seen her at the security company when he was there on business. She was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. The problem was, he had no idea how to approach her. He knew she was already taken but he didn’t care. He was in love and he wanted her.
Ben arrives to the bar and gets to Mandy. He gives her a kiss and sits down beside her. He orders a drink and they talk about their day like they always did. After about 30 minutes, they leave the bar. The man at the table leaves his drink and follows them. The couple had no idea they were being followed.
On Thursday both Leia and Nadia went to class. They had made a plan. They would test his integrity. Nadia had put on her a mini-skirt and a tight blouse that showed her figure. Leia were just in a plain T-shirt and jeans with sneakers. They arrive to the classroom. They sit down on the front row. Not everyone had arrived yet. Not even the teacher. They had time to go through the plan. They talk quietly so no one would hear them. Other students were arriving and so did he. He laid his folder on his desk as usual and greeted the class. He gave Leia a smile but she didn’t give one back. The class started. The subject was genders. That was a subject that suited so well. While the class was going on, Nadia kept flirting with Richard. Once in a while he noticed but he didn’t lose concentration. Leia looked amused at her. When there’s a 10 minute break, he leaves the classroom. Nadia followed him. He was going to the men’s room. She waited outside. There were other students standing in the hall. In a few minutes, he came out. She walks behind him so he didn’t see her. He was on his way back to the classroom.
“Richard” Nadia said and he turned around
Nervously he looks around.
“Please don’t call me that outside the classroom”
“I’m sorry. Am I embarrassing you?” She said and smiled
“Did you want to say something?”
“Yeah” She replied and touched his arm while looking at him
A few students walked by and looked at them. He glimpsed at them which made him even more nervous.
“We should go back to the classroom” He said and tried to walk pass her but she got in front of him
“I heard you tried to have sex with Leia”
“What are you talking about?” He looked at her puzzled
“If I was her I would have done it in a heartbeat. You’re really are hot for a teacher. I’m sure you’re great at it” She said and ran her fingers across his chest
“Please don’t do that” He said and took her hand away
“If you dare to kiss her in the classroom with the door open, this should be easy”
“That’s different. Now there are other people here”
“I thought you liked an audience” She winked at him
He looked at the time on his watch.
“I really don’t have time for this” He said and walked pass her
“The reason she didn’t want to have sex, is because she’s still a virgin. And I think you want someone with more experience” She whispered to him
He stopped and looked at her.
“She is?” He said surprised
“Don’t tell her it was I that spilled the beans”
He just gave her one look and got back to the classroom. Nadia smiled and followed. Leia was writing in her notebook and looked up when they got inside. Richard looked at her and gave her a smile. Nadia sat down beside her.
“How did it go?” Leia whispered to her
“Did he give you a smile?”
“Then very well. But it’s not over yet. Watch this”
The class continued. In the middle of Richard’s sentence, Nadia raised her hand.
“Why do some men think they can control women the way they want? Men have always been the hunter but that’s boring already. Why can’t women be the one’s that make the first move without being called easy? It’s actually the men that are easy. Not the other way around”
He stayed silent a while.
“First, thank you for interrupting me. Some women let them. They make themselves a target. The attitudes are changing though. Women have become stronger. It’s been proved a lot of times. Men have learned that women do have a mind of their own”
“But yet when women dates a lot of men, they’re still called easy. If a man dates different women, it’s being praised. Why is that?”
“I don’t have an answer to that to be honest. Personally I think people who call women easy, only have low self-esteem”
Nadia didn’t have anything else to say so Richard continued where he left off.
“Damn, I thought I got him there” Nadia whispered to Leia
When the evening was over and the others had gone, the girls were the only left. They were packing their things when Richard approached them.
“Nice questions there. Seemed personal” He sarcastically said to Nadia
“It wasn’t. Honestly” Was her reply
“OK, fair enough. Leia, could I talk to you in private?” He says to her
“No you can say it here”
“Alright. Are you still mad at me?”
“No I’m over that”
“Good” He said and smiled “I don’t know if I should really do this. But do you have something to do tonight?”
“Not really. Why?”
“Since we can’t meet in public, I thought maybe we could meet at my place. I promise I won’t try anything”
Leia looked at Nadia. She looked back with a proved look.
“No thank you” Leia replied and lifted her bag on her shoulder
“Give me your mobile”
“What for?” She said looking at him
“I write my number so you can call me”
“No bad idea” She said and closed her bag
“It just is. Nadia, shall we go?” She said and walked to the classroom door
“Sorry” Nadia said to him before following her out
The girls walked down the hall.
“What are you doing? He was offering his number” Nadia said while they walked out of the building
They walked to the parking lot where their car was parked.
“Make him suffer. That’s the point in this game. Make him crawl. He can get my number from my student file. He must realize it himself. If he really wants me, he shouldn’t get the easy way out”
“Play hard to get. That’s cheeky. I just thought I would embarrass him but it wasn’t easy”
“Exactly. This is gonna be fun” Leia said and smiled
They got into the car a drove home. Leia was really playing a risky game. She would soon find out it wouldn’t be as easy as she thought.
I get to school earlier than before. I don’t know why. Maybe I was just so excited to see Leia again. I just couldn’t stop thinking about her. I knew it was wrong but I just couldn’t deny the way she made me feel. Soon I wouldn’t be her teacher anymore anyway. I had to make a move even if I knew I could get into trouble. Love was more important than my career. When I get to the classroom, I say good evening. I lay my folder on the desk and see Leia hadn’t arrived yet. There would be 5 more minutes. When I see her coming in, she’s alone. Something was wrong since she didn’t even look at me. I hoped she wasn’t mad at me. She was just wearing plain jeans and a hoodie. But I knew what was underneath. She didn’t even realize how pretty she was. I was a bit disappointed that she didn’t sit down on the front row. I loved the way she looked at me when I sat on my desk. I don’t even know her age but that doesn’t matter. I keep looking at her while she talked to her classmate. But I couldn’t keep on looking at her so I started the class. After an hour we take a break. I hoped the students would all leave so I could be alone with her. My prayers were heard. Please look at me Leia. I really loved that name. She kept playing with her mobile. When she stands up and is about to leave. I take the opportunity to get up and stop by the open door. I ask about the assignment just to break the ice. She wasn’t really nice but I ignore it. I didn’t care the door was open. I so want to kiss her. I ask her about her friend. I can’t just kiss her right there. Since she didn’t have a car, I offer her a lift. Of course she refuses. It’s OK. She will fall. When she leaves the room, I follow her. I’m about to go inside the bathroom but she gets out. I’m about to break a rule. I want to her lips on mine. I beg her even of she gets a little upset. When she says my name I get even more desperate. When she finally let’s me, we couldn’t stop. Damn those lips taste good. I didn’t care if someone would see us. We both wanted this. We could have gone even further but she stops. I get back to the class and try to concentrate. Luckily no one suspected anything. I didn’t dare to look at Leia. She was more than my students now.