Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ballistic

Amanda knocked on Todd's door. She heard some rustling, but there was no answer. She waited a moment before knocking on the door again. Finally, Todd opened the door.

"Amanda," Todd said, "You know what time it is?" He didn't seem angry but he was definitely surprised.

"Yes," Amanda said, "It's close to four, which guarantees that you will be where I look for you."

Todd scoffed a little, then he opened the door and stepped aside to let her in.

"You wouldn't believe who paid me a visit at the coffee shop today," Amanda said to him as she walked past. Then she turned to face him. "He wanted to apologize."

Amanda saw the confusion on his face. He obviously couldn't guess.

"Brian Lane."

"Brian Lane?" Todd echoed. Amanda could see him really trying hard to remember where he heard that name before. She waited as he went from confusion, to trying to figure it out, to realization.

"Brian Lane." He said. Amanda nodded. "The guy that…" He didn't finish his sentence. Amanda was still nodding.

Amanda thought she saw the one lamp that was on in his apartment dim slightly. It seemed that there was always a problem with the electricity in the apartments.

Todd let out a string of expletives. Amanda was shocked and somewhat frightened. She never have seen Todd loose it like that.

"How dare he show up like that!" Todd exclaimed as he paced the apartment, "He has no clue on how much damage he could do. That arrogant bastard never had. It was bad enough that he triggered your migraines like that," Todd pointed at Amanda to emphasize the point, "and to stalk you that whole time, only to try to what? See if you have the key? Hasn't he done enough damage already? What did he say Amn…" He stopped and looked at Amanda who's eyes were wide with fright.

"He said he wanted to apologize," Amanda said meekly.

Todd took a deep breath. He was cool and collected Todd again. "I'm not angry with you, you do understand that, right?"

"But you are angry!" Amanda eyes were wide. She was still trying to process what happened.

 "Yes," Todd sighed and walked over to Amanda and hugged her. "I'm sorry, I shouldn't have abandoned you like that."

"Not difficult to do when I shut you out," Amanda sighed and she buried her face in his neck.

"Just understand," Todd said as he pulled back to look at her, "There are some issues I have to attend to before we can have an intimate relationship. You'll have to trust me."

"I understand," Amanda said, "and I do trust you."  She realized that there might have been some problems he doesn't want to drag into a serious relationship. It's not like she was free of problems.

"Listen, " Todd said, "Do not go out alone. Take Trisha with you when she gets back. If your migraines come back and you pass out again, someone will be there to help you."

Amanda nodded. She hadn't had a migraine again, and it didn't trigger this time, but she knew Todd wanted her to err on the side of caution.

Amanda left feeling like a huge weight was lifted off her shoulder.
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