Oct. 28th – posted: Oct. 29th because forgive me if I didn’t have time to write this after coming home past 1 AM.
Matt called me.
Yeah, Matt Charles, my friend from middle school when we were wee-babies?
Yeah, that Matt Charles.
Well, I think it was an accident. He called the apartment phone. I would remember his voice from anywhere.
You have one new voice message. First voice message sent October 28th at 11:46 PM. From: Matthew Charles. Duration: 10 secs.
“They’re coming for you. I’ve warned your family, but things are getting dangerous. I suggest you leave the apartment. Call me if you need anything. I’ll be checking on you.”
To erase this message press –
The front door lock clicked and the door swung open quietly. There were sounds of socked feet on the floor before, “Oh! Eve, you’re still up?”
“Yeah, I just got home.”
I saw Jackie glance at the clock as she flicked the light switch on. “This late?” She gave me a weird look. “Everything okay?”
I smirked. “Of course. Why? I can’t go out now on a Friday night?”
“No,” Jackie laughed, “You can, you just…haven’t before.”
I shook my head, “I don’t know. I don’t think you know me that well, Jacks. For all you really know, I’m a crazy crazy party animal.”
Jackie eyed me. “Right.”
“What are you doing out so late?”
“Me? Oh! There was some crazy Halloween rave party downtown. The Zombie Santa Turkeys were playing at the club and things got a little crazy.” She held up her heels which were broken, muddy, and mangled. It looked like someone had put it through a chopper.
“Sounds like fun,” I said, my eyes taking in her messy hair and disgruntled appearance.
She smiled suddenly and said, “I totally would’ve invited you, but it was already really hard for me to get in, and I had an invite! The bouncers carded me! Can you believe that? And then they said I wasn’t on the list and refused to let me in. I had to pull some strings but finally made it.”
“I see, well, glad you’re safe.”
“Yeah, you too.”
“I’m going to shower. Unless you want to go first?”
Jackie shook her head. “No, you’re good. I need to stuff some food in my face before I pass out.” Her giggle echoed off the walls.
Stumbling to the bathroom, I realized that I was more tired than I thought I was. And a massive headache was pummeling my brain to bits. I turned on the shower and started sliding out of my dress before I remembered that I needed to get my towel. I showered the morning before and hung my towel in my room to dry and completely forgot.
Darting out of the bathroom, I went to my room. I grabbed my towel and was heading back out when I heard Jackie’s voice.
I feel like if anyone whispers, it instantly piques someone’s curiosity. No matter what they’re talking about. My curiosity was the worst. And the death of me. As everyone that knows me has frequently told me.
“You shouldn’t have called the main line! What were you thinking?” I heard Jackie hiss. She was still in the kitchen, and I was standing in the hallway, one foot past the door to go back into the bathroom, and half of my body in the hall.
Maybe it just took me a really long time to walk back to the bathroom, okay?
“Of course she listened to it! It’s her apartment too.”
Was she talking to Matt? Wait, was the message for her? I guess that would make sense, if they knew each other. Did they know each other? But how?
“I’m fine. You don’t need to check on me, I don’t need a lousy babysitter…My mother?…Sure, you can tell my mother that…Yes, to her face. I already went to my family’s stupid conference. I don’t need a lecture from you too…I have to go. Don’t call here again!”
Before I could whirl into the bathroom and close the door, Jackie was storming down the hallway, a dark look on her face. When she saw me, her eyes widened and a split second later, she was back to her smiling, girly-squeal self.
She rolled her eyes dramatically as she flipped her hair over her shoulder. “Prank calls, am I right? So uncool.”
I gave a quick smile and nodded hurriedly before closing the door. I hopped into the shower two seconds later and stood under the cold water, hoping the brain freeze would snap me out of my triggered detective mode.
How did Matt know Jackie? And what was so dangerous that he had to warn her?