While Todd and
Amanda were still at the café, the power went out. Todd groaned.
Amanda asked, "It's a scheduled power outage. They're supposed to be
upgrading the transformers on our street, it'll be back on in an hour or
"Just wait and see."
Amanda and Todd
walked into the apartment complex. A woman with a child on her hip walks up to
Todd and starts yelling at him.
"My power is
out! I have to feed my kids!"
scheduled outage, the entire street is out."
The woman began
cursing. "Are you deaf or an idiot? I need my power turned back on!"
street is out," Amanda repeated slowly, "I know it sucks, but you
need to call the power company, they'll tell you the same thing."
The woman gave
Amanda a dirty look. Amanda gave no expression back.
Finally the woman
gave up and walked away mumbling about incompetence and that she needed the
power to watch her show.
Todd waited until
the woman was out of an earshot and said under his breath to Amanda,
"She's not the only one like that here."
Then he said in a
normal voice, "Well, I do have a lot more work to do and it looks like
I'll be on this floor for a while."
Amanda hit the
button on the elevator. She could hear someone else cursing down the hall.
"Why isn't my microwave working?! And my TV? Why's the TV off?!"
stepped onto the open elevator. She turned to see Todd with "Put me out of
my misery now?" look on his face as the elevator doors closed.
As soon at the
elevator doors opened up, she knew something was wrong. She could see her
apartment door and it looked off.
As she approached
her apartment she saw that her door was slightly opened. The striker was
missing and the wood where it used to be was damaged. Her paced quickened and
she opened the door to see her apartment a mess.
She heard the
elevator dinged and she turned to see Trisha, on her phone, step out. She puts
her phone in her pocket and looks up and smiles when she sees Amanda.
Aman…" Trisha says and stops. She sees the shocked look on her face.
Trisha walked over
to where Amanda was standing and they both looked inside her apartment. She
then immediately took her phone out and started dialing.
Amanda started to
walk inside to assess the damage, then realized that maybe she should wait
until the cops showed up.