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What the hell have I gotten myself into now? What was I going to do?
I wanted to hit that stupid guy! I was so angry! I walked up to him…fuming…with my hands clenched into fists. As I approached him…he turned around and ran his fingers through his hair like nothing had just happened.
Once I reached him I started yelling. "You bloody weirdo! What world are you living in?" If it was possible…I was even angrier now than I was a second ago. He looked both bored and surprised at the same time.
He wasn't saying anything…so I kept talking. "I missed my train because of you! My baggage…everything is gone! I am here in these clothes…wearing these slippers! I am standing here and don't even know where I am! What am I supposed to do now?" I shouted in his face. I was fighting back my angry tears. I don't even have my wallet with me.
He frowned at me and replied in a calm but frustrated voice. "Did I ask you to get off that train? Why can't you just mind your own business?" He asked. That was the last straw! I was fuming! I'm sure my face was red with anger.
"Oh," I said shaking my head. "So this is my fault, you shameless bastard? I was trying to help you! You should be thanking me not giving me attitude!" I shouted angrily at him. I wanted to hit him more than anything.
"Okay…thank you. Now will you please leave me alone?" He asked calmly but sarcastically.
I put my hands on my waist and leaned forward…glaring at him.
"Leave you alone…hunh? Because of you…I missed my train!" I shouted again. "So…now you will take me to Florida!" I ordered pointing my fingers towards his chest. "And you will replace my belongings! I am not going to leave you so easily! I may be a girl but I am not naïve! I will be the death of you so you better do everything that I say!" I commanded at him…still shouting.
We stood there in silence. I was glaring at him still while he looked at me with a frustrated but amused expression. Suddenly…we heard a noise. He turned around and started running towards the doors. I was shocked. He was actually trying to get away from me!
"Argh! Thief, thief, thief!! Someone catch him!" I shouted as I ran behind him.
Finally…I saw him talking to a cab driver. I thought he was going to run from me…but then I saw him signal for me to come over to him. I couldn't stay here all alone…so I ran to him.
"You will not leave me here alone…or…or…" before I could finish he stopped me.
"I'm not leaving you alone. The next station where the train will stop is three hours from here. You can still catch it if we hurry," he explained as he opened the cab door for me. I quickly thanked him and got into the car with him.
The cab driver was driving so slowly that we would be able to keep up with him on foot. I stared at him wide-eyed.
"What are you doing? How can we catch the train when you are driving like this?" I asked. I was so frustrated with the dumb driver but he looked bored…watching the scenery outside pass by us.
"You won't be able to catch the train…not matter what you do. The station is too far away." He said as he started singing an old classical song.
I stared at the bronze-haired guy. I still didn't know his name. I said in a low voice, "He's mad…totally mad!" I wanted to smack the driver in the back of the head.
After a moment, green-eyed guy (that's my new name for him) looked at the driver.
"Stop the car," he ordered in a patient voice. I looked at him clueless.
"Stop the car," he repeated.
"What happened?" The driver asked as he stopped. But the green-eyed guy got out of the car without a word.
"Urgh! Couldn't you have waited a little longer or at least used the bathroom at the train station?" I whined leaning into my seat. I thought he was exiting the car to relieve himself. Why else was he getting out so suddenly?
Green-eyed guy surprised me and went to the driver's side door. He opened it and said, "Shift" to the cab driver. He shoved the driver over to the passenger seat.
"Hey what are you doing?!" The driver protested in vain.
Green-eyed guy sat in the driver's seat and took a deep breath. Then he slammed down on the accelerator and the car raced forward. It was moving so fast it was nearly impossible to see anything passing by out the window.
"Oye, stop, stop…this is illegal! Sir please stop!" The driver cried trying to grab the steering wheel.
"Oh stop whining! Don't worry…this guy isn't normal. Look at his style…I'm sure he's a race car driver or something," I said. I was really happy right now and amazed by this guy's wild and rash driving skills.
"Please ma'am…make him stop! We are all going to be killed!" The cabbie cried as the car reached over 100 miles per hour.
"Look…we are in this situation because of him. If the car is damaged…he will pay you, reimburse you. I promise I will make him pay!" I convinced him patting his shoulder while we shifted from one place to the other due to the high speed.
After about an hour we reached the messy town of which I did not know the name. Green-eyed guy stopped the car in front of the small station. As soon as the car came to a stop…we both got out and ran towards the station. There were many guys lying around and smoking.
When I saw the train there, I sighed in relief. We both stopped running to catch our breath. The cab driver came running after us for his money.
"Go on inside," green-eyed guy said breathing heavily.
"And you?" I asked.
He glared at me. "Listen…do not try to help me anymore. I am fine on my own, okay? Now get on that train and do not get off again!" He instructed. I nodded sincerely.
"I need…m…one…y for water," I choked out. He looked at me and nodded. He handed me some money and then turned to deal with the whiny cab driver.
I saw a small booth and rushed over and said, "Water," I breathed. The guy nodded and handed me a bottle. I opened it quickly and started drinking.
"Huff, I couldn't breathe! I have Coke and all but water has its own place. Nothing can take its place. It's the best thing in the world that is free. Only…nothing is really free is it? How much do I owe you?" I asked while drinking more of the water.
"Four dollars," he said staring at my body instead of my face.
"Why? It's cheaper outside!" I protested.
"Sorry…it's the price ma'am," he replied smiling at me.
"Oh really…should I ask the consumer court what the price is?" I said mockingly.
"Ma'am…it is the price here. It's only two more dollars!" he replied.
"Uh-huh, if it's only two dollars why are you stealing? Come on, give me the money back!" I said slamming my hands on the counter. I could hear the sound of wheels moving behind me but ignored it anyway.
"Fine," he sighed, handing me two dollars back. I nodded and started drinking more water when it hit me. I can hear wheels moving. I am at a station. There's only one train at the station. My eyes became wide as I turned around and saw that the train was leaving and it had already left half of the platform. I shouted loudly, running behind it again.
"Wait, someone stop the train! Please pull the chain," I yelled running after the train but it had already left the platform. I covered my mouth with my hands and kneeled down. I could feel the tears in my eyes and a horrible sense of déjà vu. Only it was worse this time because I was completely alone here.
I looked around but saw that green-eyed guy had already left and all the people were staring at me. They were smirking and their eyes were filled with lust. I felt a shiver down my spine. I was horrified. This place looked so unhealthy. I saw the office and made my way towards the building.
All the guys were winking and whistling at me but I ignored them. I entered the office and told the person sitting there my problem. He glared at me for awhile then sighed. He looked as if he was in his fifties or above.
"The next station is in Tennessee. I will ask the station master to take your baggage and keep it safe. Other than that there is really nothing that we can do for you," he said in an angry voice.
Suddenly the door opened and the guy who was winking at me earlier entered. As soon as he saw the man sitting there he smirked at me and went back. I again ignored him; this was not the time to let my girly fears scare me.
"But how will I reach there? All of my stuff was on the train…shit," I said to myself mostly but unfortunately that buffoon heard it.
"Then who asked you to get off the train… huh? You should have been more careful and alert! What will you do now?" He asked tapping his fingers on the table.
"You don't understand! One small mistake can ruin your whole life," he whispered. I looked at him incredulously as he continued, "Yeah…I have also missed a lot of trains…but in those days I was a man…I mean I'm still a man, but you're a girl," he said pointing at me while I smiled sweetly at him.
"A lonely girl is like an open locker. Do you have any idea what can happen to you? I'll tell you…." Before he could finish I interrupted him.
"Excuse me? I wanted to ask you these very same questions. Do you charge for them or are these free?" I asked very sweetly.
"No, these are free," he replied proudly.
"Good because I don't have one cent coins!" I shouted at him. "Listen, psycho…stop that rubbish! Call that station master and the rest is my problem. I will take care of it on my own. Come on…call him!" I shouted so loudly at him that he backed away from me and quickly started dialing a number while his hands were shaking.
After clearing things, I went out and sat on the bench. Great…I had no money or anything and I was stuck at a low grade station!
I felt someone sitting beside me and I looked around to see that it was the same guy from the booth, holding the bottle of water that I purchased from him.
"Your water. See I am not a thief. It's very sad that you missed your train," he said shaking his head. It was clear this was an act and worse I could smell alcohol in his breath. I again ignored the urge to punch him in his face.
Then that guy who peeked into the office came and sat on my other side.
"What happened man?" he asked the guy from the booth.
"Poor girl…missed her train…there's no train till morning now," he said still trying to pretend that he was worried.
"Ah, that's a shame! Is she alone?" The other guy asked. Hello, I was sitting right there and they were talking as if I was invisible.
"Yes and you know a lonely girl is like an open locker..." he started when I decided to stop what he was saying.
"Listen don't act like you care okay? Just get lost!" I said menacingly pointing my finger towards him.
"See, there's no place for gentlemen in this world. Ma'am, we are only trying to help you. If you want you can stay at our place…we won't mind a bit," he said smiling at the other guy. I stood up and shouted at him.
"Shut up, don't try to act too smart, just get out of here, or else I am going to slap you so hard so you better get lost!" I yelled at him.
"Okay…if that's what you want…then slap me! At least I will get to feel your touch that way so go ahead slap me babe," he said leaning his cheek forward. I started walking out of the station. I knew I could do nothing sitting here and frankly I was scared of these guys.
When I got out, I saw a few girls standing on the other side of the road. I sighed in relief and went there. They were dressed very oddly; I just went and sat at the bench near them.
After about ten minutes, a guy on a bike came and stopped right in front of me. He raised an eyebrow at me and kind of checked my body out and then he signaled me to get on the bike.
"Come on, it's just me…one night…I'll pay you good," he whispered.
My eyes widened. I looked around me and then understood why these girls were dressed like this. I put two and two together and it clicked with me that this guy thought I was a call girl. I blushed deeply.
"Um…I'm not that," I said blushing even more.
"What?" he asked. I didn't respond and started walking in the opposite direction. He called after me but I kept walking into the dark streets. I was shaking. I had never been so afraid before in all of my life.
Suddenly, I saw a head of bronze hair walking slowly on the streets. I quickly ran towards him, my heart pounding inside my chest. I tapped his shoulders and when he saw me, his eyes became confused and then horrified. He started to say something but I hugged him very tightly. Even I couldn't even breathe. I just held onto him.
"Thank you God! Thank you so much! I didn't know what I was going to do all alone!" I chanted again and again holding onto his neck though he never returned the hug. I let him go after that and looked into his green eyes.
His brows were furrowed and his mouth was ajar. He looked confused but was scowling at the same time.
"You missed the train, again?" He asked a bit miserably. He looked as if he wanted to cry. Am I that annoying?
"You missed it again?" He repeated.
"I'm Bella," I said sticking my hand out and smiling at him, and ignoring his disturbing facial expression.
He sighed but shook my hand slightly. "Edward," he answered.
"Edward…pleased to meet you! By god I have never been so pleased to meet anyone ever!" I said enthusiastically. He looked scared though.
"You know why? Because all of this mess has started because of you so I am not going to leave you. You are going to take me to my home. I have seen that you have a lot of money so don't even dare to bring up any excuses," I said sternly.
"Kill me already God," he sighed as he closed his eyes and shook his head. He really did look miserable.
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