I was on my way home from work, walking towards my apartment with my headphones on not caring about the world. Next thing I knew I couldn’t see, I think I passed out. When I woke I found myself tied to a chair, hands behind my back. I should have taken those anonymous emails more seriously, I thought that some idiot low life was just playing mind games with me. I guess I was wrong. I panicked, not knowing what to do.
I felt as if the walls were about to crush me, but nothing happened. I could hear the faint sound of a television outside my prison. I could smell food too, roasted chicken to be exact. Whoever this creep was, he was teasing me. It was all happening right outside the room I was confined in. I could see the light beneath the door, shadows moving across occasionally.
Then I heard the sound of a door being broken down, and fighting. I wanted to know what was going on. I didn’t have to wait long as the door to my room burst open, and they started fighting again. There were two men; the first was tall and lanky, he looked almost old enough to be my dad. The second was aggressive, he looked younger. He managed to lock the older one in a stronghold and forced him to release me. The older guy gave him a key, and he kicked him in the head before he could move. He rushed over to me, ‘are you okay?’
I nodded, ‘just get me out of here.’
He looked at me with slight annoyance.
‘Sorry, I mean, thank you. That was really brave of you.’
‘That wasn’t so hard now was it? You’re free now, call your family or something and let them know you’re safe.’
I nodded again, ‘how did you even know that I was here?’
He hesitated, ‘I saw you walking and I noticed that he was following you, so I followed.’
‘And it took you this long to rescue me?!’
‘Sorry, I had to keep my distance and come up with a plan too you know.’
‘Well thanks, again. Hey you’re that guy from the café, with the laptop!’
He looked embarrassed, ‘Yeah, I’ve seen you there a few times too.’
‘You have? What do you do in there?’
‘I write, or try to at least. I’m a freelance writer.’
‘Oh, that sounds… interesting. Anyway I better be heading home.’
‘Need a lift? Just to be safe?’
‘Um, yeah, sure.’
He drove a white Ford sedan, which was bit old and smelled as if he’d been living in it. As I was about to get out of the car he said that we should grab coffee sometime and asked for my number. I told him that I was sure we’d meet again at the café and that we could get coffee then.