Nine months back.
Angelyn is at a business meeting. She came there to represent her company ‘After You.’ After her presentation, she was pretty bored. She checked her phone now and then to see the time. It felt like the time was moving pretty slow. That’s when she noticed a handsome young man coming up next to present his company. She didn’t listen to anything he said; she just looked at him and slipped into dreamland, which she usually makes up whenever a ‘crush’ is involved. Angelyn came out of the dreamland when she heard the host’s voice inviting everyone to the hall for lunch.
She smiled, “Anyway, I don’t stand a chance with him. So…”
“You don’t stand a chance with who?” Angelyn was startled by the familiar voice. She turned back to see the young man who did the presentation just now.
“Oh… er.. no .. nothing.” She was nervous. She didn’t even know what she should say.
“Oh, I don’t think you don’t have to worry about that. You are so pretty; I don’t think I stand a chance with you.” The young man said, smiling.
Angelyn blushed, “My name is Angelyn. Your presentation was pretty good.”
“Oh, is it? what’s my company’s name?” Angelyn felt embarrassed again.
“That… I… That’s not the important part… you did well.” She said somehow.
“Haha… I was just teasing. No one completely listens to anyone here. I know it’s quite dull. But you did it well, Angelyn from ‘After You’.” He winked.
‘Crap. He did listen to my presentation.’ Angelyn thought.
“By the way… I am Arthur, Arthur Vinson.” He said as they moved forward to have lunch. They spend lunchtime together, talking about work. Later, when it was time to go, Angelyn said, “Thank you for giving me company. If it weren’t for you, I would have died of boredom.” Both of them laughed.
“I hope we will see each other again. oh, wait…” Angelyn took her phone in hand and asked, “What’s your insta id?”
“I don’t have Insta.”
“Okay, then Facebook?”
“I don’t have that either.”
“That’s strange. Wait a minute. Are you a ghost who died long ago who came here to fulfill your long lost dream?”
“Haha… No… I don’t use this kind of stuff. What I am looking for is a real connection, not “pretentious friendships.” “
“Okay, cool. So mister real connection guy, where can I find you when I want to?”
“You can always call me….” He suggested with a hand gesture.
They exchanged their number, “I also had a good time with you, Ms. Angelyn.”
They went different ways, saying bye. Both had a smile on their face. Angelyn went to her stay in the hotel, while Arthur went to his apartment.
He reached the apartment with a sly smile on his face. He got keys from his man purse and opened the door to his apartment. He started talking, “Did you miss me Kiara Honey?”
A girl was tied upside down from the ceiling with her mouth taped. She cried and murmured something.
“Oh honey I missed you too. So where were we?” He changed his suit into a mechanic uniform and moved closer to the girl with a driller in his hands.
As the driller came closer, she closed her eyes and produced a silent scream.
“You know that won’t help you babe. Trust me this won’t go longer. I will end your pain once and for all when I get her closer to me.” He said as he looked into the photograph of Angelyn, which was pasted on his wall with pictures of her house and her best friend, Kelly.
(To be continued…)