Christy hastily gathered her curly hair into a bundle, & tied it up at the back of her head.
Her thoughts were; 'I am going to be late for work. I have to get this hair cut!'
"Goodnight Gran", she called as she ran out the door.
She would have to walk to work.
She could share her mother's car, but only when her mother was not using the car, and tonight, her mother was using the car.
She strode out the gate, onto the rough road's edge, & began to walk quickly, in an almost jog.
The night air was heavy and cold, and she knew there would be frost later.
Never mind, she thought, I will be warm enough from the walk, and the work room will be soon enough, too hot.
Christy was working a job that was a 'fill-in'. Not her chosen field, but an employment she could use, until her chosen career path opening became available. She could not help but feel it was somehow cheating. She had been honest in her application for the job. She was assured it was OK.
She felt a certain guilt at the fact, that because of her academic achievements, she had a higher pay scale than some of her more experienced work mates. Somehow the fact that they were more experienced than she was, & were possilby faster than she was, made it seem inequitable.
When she ventured to voice those thoughts, she was told to "Shut up" And "Dont think!"
So here she was, jogging down the road towards her work for the evening.
A long, silver car slowed beside her. The driver leaned over, & spoke through the wound down window... " Can I give you a ride?"
Christy had been dreading this encounter. He had offered her rides before. He kept offering her rides. She always refused.
There was something almost insect-like, in his bloated body sitting on the blue seat of his enormous car. It totally repelled her, & she felt a base, almost primeval fear, at the sight & sound of him.
"No thankyou." she said. " I am almost there. No need for a ride."
At that moment, looming, almost out of the ether, was the figure of Ross.
"She doesn't need a lift. I am walking her to work! You can bugger off Valther. She doesn't need the likes of you, around! What are you, a pervert, you old bugger!"
Where had Ross come from?
Was he watching her? How come he had showed up, just when she felt threatened?
He moved to her side, & she was grateful for his presence, in spite of her resolve not to see him again.
She hated to feel vulnerable. She hated the thought she was under observation~by anyone.
Valther excellerated away from them, with a spurt of his wheels.
Christy said nothing, & Ross just faded into the darkness.
"Thankyou" Christy called, feebly.
There was no answering reply. He had gone, faded into the night.
She was at the back gates to work for the evening.
She thought "I have to get this hair cut!"
But a part of her did not see why...
6 months ago