“I feel like I’m losing my mind! Occasionally, during the past couple of weeks, I’ve found things moved. I’d last used the phone, in the bedroom but found it in the kitchen or I’ll find something in the living room I was sure had previously been in the bedroom. Stuff like that. I’ve been so busy, and with my eyes the way they are, I thought I was being forgetful. I’m beginning to wonder if someone’s been accessing my home and if so, how, when, why? It’s always locked tighter than a drum and I have a security code for heaven’s sake. I never leave the house unlocked.”
“God, Cassandra, that’s damn scary. You have to tell the detective when he gets here.”
“Yeah, I definitely will,” she said, a shake in her voice.
They crawled into bed at around three in the morning. Cassandra’s eyes were on fire so she took Tylenol to ease the pain and help her rest and finally fell into a fitful sleep sometime after five in the morning.
Maggy woke first, and peeked in on her, even though she hadn’t slept well she figured Cassandra probably hadn’t fared any better.
After making coffee and showering, she dressed quickly then made scones for breakfast. It wasn’t long before Cassandra joined her.
“I hoped you’d sleep in.”
“I wish but I can’t since there are a minimum number of times to take the drops, waking hours only, but if I sleep the day away, I can’t heal my eyes.”
“Hey, I made scones and they will be ready in about 10 minutes.”
“Oh, I can’t wait,” Cassandra cooed, “yours are soooo good. It’s not from lack of trying either, but mine just don’t stack up alongside yours.”
Then, out of nowhere she said, “Maggy, I won’t let him drive me out of my home, or away from my friends, or change my lifestyle. If I do that, he’s won.”
“As soon as the police figure I can go back home, I will. It’s not that I don’t appreciate your hospitality, but I’m drawing a line in the sand. I won’t let him take anything away from me.”
“Then I’ll stay with you. I won’t let you do this alone.”
“The generous side of me says, no, I can’t let you do that, or take that risk Maggy, but the selfish side of me is only too happy to have the help.”
“Ok. Soon as we hear, we move back in and take over.” High fiving each other, they grinned. It felt right.
“I think we need to go out and get you some clothes though. There wasn’t much left I’m afraid.”
“My clothes too?”
“There might be a few things left, and I was in a hurry to get out of there as per instructed, but from what I saw, you are going to need a new wardrobe from the skin out.”
Following a quiet breakfast, they dressed and went shopping. Cassandra managed to find a couple pair of black jeans, dress pants with co-ordinating tops and a couple of dresses for work, and bras, underwear and socks before leaving for Maggy’s.