Two Days Earlier
"Carrol, what do you think you are doing?" I asked as I entered the room.
"Vincent, is that you?"
"Yeah, it's me. Who else would it be?" I shook my head in frustration and swore under my breath. "Why did you do it?"
"Do what?" Carrol acted all innocent, but I knew better.
"You knew I was going to write my dissertation on the long term effects of ..."
Carrol cut me off. "Hey, I did not steal anything. I told you about this months ago."
I grabbed her by the shoulder. "You did no such thing. What I remember is telling you about my idea and how it was going to get me a fellowship with the institute."
She didn't say anything in reply. "See, I knew it. Here you go again using your ...." I bit my lip, breathing hard. "Not everyone will take pity on you just because you are blind."
"I had to, Vincent!" The revelation wasn't unexpected, but her tone caught me off guard. There were some desperate feelings buried beneath and maybe something else that I couldn't quite figure out.
"What do you mean you had to?" I knew she couldn't see my face, so I started breathing even harder so she would get the idea that I wasn't happy with her. She probably already knew, but I wanted her to know even more.
"Your idea was so good I couldn't pass it up. I never come up with ideas like that. I knew you would come up with another one pretty soon. You were going to be fine."
I was surprised that I let her say all of that. I pushed her to the ground and stormed out of the room. I would have to figure a way to get even with her. She ruined my life. I needed to find a way to ruin hers.