I’ve been thinking a lot about the future lately. I’ve been trying to decide what I want. I’ve been thinking about making some big changes. It seems like I’m on the precipice of something new and exciting, I’m just waiting on the leap. I feel like I’m at that point where I need to make a decision and take the leap, but I’m still not sure which cliff I want to jump off. Life is like that though, just a series of choices.
Hopefully soon I’ll have some new and exciting news for you all!
In the meantime, I hope everyone has an enjoyable and thoughtful Memorial Day.
And please enjoy the next installment of “Something You Can’t Forget.”
With Screams and Axes,
SOMETHING YOU CAN’T FORGET
He smiled at her with a mouth full of mango. Chocolate drool dribbled down his chin and his eyes flashed wildly with no hints of embarrassment. He seemed frantically strange and proud. Something about the smile was menacing. Melissa was overcome with the feeling that this strange man was somehow threatening her. She wanted him to leave and never come back to the shop again. She wouldn’t even make him pay for the tray of chocolate covered mango slices if that’s what it took.
“I think maybe it’s time for you to leave now, Sir,” Melissa said with her manager voice. “The store is closing.”
He swallowed in one big gulp. Melissa watched, scared he was going to choke. He smiled and showed her his tongue and his empty mouth. “Oh yeah?” He said.
“Yes.” Melissa walked towards the door and gestured for him to use it. He didn’t, instead standing at the counter smiling and shaking his head.
“Listen Melissa, I didn’t really come here for Taffy. I actually had something I wanted to ask you.”
“Something to ask me?” Melissa repeated. “What do you mean?” She couldn’t remember if she’d told him her name or not.
“Yes, I think I have something you want.”
Melissa walked back to the counter and looked the man in the eyes. Everything about him made her uneasy. She didn’t trust him and she didn’t like that he knew her name.
“Oh yes, how rude of me!” he slapped a hand against his forehead. “My name is Max.” He held out his hand for her to shake. She took it cautiously. “You’re right. It’s not fair for me to know your name and for you not to know mine.”
“Why do you know my name?” Melissa asked him.
“Well, you came to my attention. Yes, that’s what we’ll say, you came to my attention. I noticed you, and made it a business of mine to learn more about you.”
“Why?” Melissa felt confused and felt her hands trembling. She saw other mall employees in the hallway outside walking away from their locked stores. Soon the mall would be completely empty, and she’d be all alone with this crazy man.
“I have special gifts. Yes, I have something special. I like to use my talents to help people when I can, if I can.”
“I think I can help you. I can give you something you want. If you want it bad enough, that is.”
“Are you selling something?” Melissa asked him bluntly, all sweetness gone from her voice. If this was all a sales pitch for a face cream or something, she was going to be livid.
“No, no, not selling,” Max said, waving away the idea emphatically. “But there is a price,” he added, shrugging his shoulders. “But that can’t be helped. Everything has a price.”
“Sir, please leave. It’s past closing. You must go.” Melissa went back behind the counter and reached for the phone. Security would still be here. They’d help get rid of the psycho.
“I know all about Steve, you know,” Max said. She stopped dialing and hung up the phone and stared at him. “He’s not going to call you.”
“How do you know that?” She screamed at him. The anger rising in her against her will. Who did this man think he was?
In one swift motion, Max jumped up on the counter and towered over her. She let out a scream. He bent down and put a hand over her mouth.
“Because I know what you need.”