“It’s dead creepy.” Said Hannah, “why would she do that?” Rebecca had just told her colleagues that she thinks she’s being stalked. She was joking at first though.
“Could it be coincidence that she’s there when you were there?” Sam piped up, Hannah nodded in agreement.
“She doesn’t have any pets, why would she be at a pet store Sam?” Rebecca had spat out.
Rebecca had befriended another mother, she was the same age as her (exactly, coincidence or not?!) they’d become friends when they discovered Alexandra had a little girl (Jade), the same age as hers (Felicity) went to school together. When she went to the pet store the weekend she was there, Alex stood stunned with a guilty look on her face in the aisle pretending to be buying a bone for a dog by the fish food as Rebecca spun round to change her direction.
“Oh Alex, you have fish?” Rebecca had asked her.
“I was getting a bone for your Axel, thought the girls were always getting stuff and maybe he felt left out.” She stumbled pretending she couldn’t find the bones. Bec didn’t think so as Axel would normally hide from Jade anyway because she would pull her ears. Flick loved her little Axel (yes named after Axel Rose) the westie and when her other friends came round he would sit there patiently while they all put bows in his fur. He once looked up at Rebecca with sad eyes hoping he would be saved but she gave him treats instead.
“Oh that’s very sweet of you Alex, you really don’t have to worry about her she’s fine.”
“Actually, I’m thinking of getting a dog…perhaps a westie?” Alex had replied, ok she had bought the same car (and the same colour) only a month ago and now she was getting the same dog. Come to think of it, she’s wearing similar clothes, Hannah stepped back all of a sudden feeling nervous around her.
“I knew there was something fishy about her when she came in here that day.” Debbie their Team Leader had been listening from her office, they all jumped as she shouted.
“I know I thought that too Bec, maybe you should just stay clear for a while.”
“And how do I do that when our girls are in school together?”
“Just speak to her then, tell her your busy!”
“She knows my schedule, she knows where I am every day!” As she said it out loud she realises what she’s just said.
“Oh my god Becca! She’s stalking you!” She stares at her computer screen, or more into space. It was all starting to add up, the waiting for her at the bus stop even though she doesn’t get the bus. She would be at the end of the road when she took Axel for a walk, and that day she went for a run she was on the same route running and she NEVER runs.
She swallows hard and her first worry is Flick, she emails her husband.
Mark I know this sounds a bit over the top paranoid but I really think Alex is stalking me, everything is fitting into place. We need to talk about this, but just wondered if you’d pick up Felicity from school early tonight?
She sits back feeling a bit better, but what if Alex is there.
“Becca come.” She’s summoned to Debbie office. “Shut the door.” She demands.
“Are you ok? Did you want to finish work early today and sort this bitch out?” Becca smiles, she’s lucky to have a boss like Debbie and she loved her abruptness at times like this!
“I’ll be fine, I’ve just emailed Mark as he’s picking Flick up.”
But it wasn’t fine, she had a text from Mark to say that Alexandra had picked the girls up and taking them home to bake cakes! She cursed herself for telling the staff at the school that Alex could take the girls home sometimes, she got her phone out and called her as she waited at the bus stop.
“Oh hey Rebecca, come straight here we’re going to be baking cakes!” She exclaimed.
“Yes Mark said, and he’s on his way round to pick Flick up in a bit. We’re going out this evening.” She lied.
“Oh you didn’t say.”
“It’s last minute, going round to see my mum.”
“Oh Marks just turned up hang on, hi Mark yes they’re just taking their coats off in the kitchen.” Becca hears Mark tell Flick to keep her coat on.
“Ok Hannah, Marks just said you’re going out for dinner?” She sounds suspicious, Becca groans in her head.
“He thinks we’re going out for dinner with my mum, but she’s cooked.” She hated having to explain herself.
Hannah rings off and calls her mum, her mum is thrilled for a mid week visit and says she’ll do dinner.
“Thanks mum.” She tried to say they would bring a takeaway but her mother wouldn’t hear of it.
They get back late and when they pull up on the drive, Alex is there ‘not’ waiting for them but she happens to be walking past.
“You two go in, I’ll handle this.” Mark says.
“No I think we should just be polite and nice and pretend this isn’t happening.” Rebecca says under her breath.
“She is stood at the end of our drive Bec, why should we be polite?”
“Because of Flick!” She hisses quietly hoping Felicity cannot hear the conversation.
“Hey Alex!” Felicity shouts as she gets out of the car, the girl gives her a hug.
“Where’s Jade?” Yes Rebecca is thinking where is Jade and why are you here?
“She’s watching TV with her dad, I’m out power walking!” She starts to march on the spot in sandals, she’s not even wearing walking type shoes!
“So Alex, we seem to be seeing a lot of you lately?” Mark says putting his hand up to shade from the low sun.
“Really, I hadn’t noticed!” She beamed.
“I had.” He responds and takes Felicity by the hand and summons Becca to follow them.
“And since then things have calmed down, I mean I still see her but just polite small talk.” Becca is at lunch with her friend Lynda.
“Let’s hope you’re right.” Her friend replies raising her eyebrows, she reaches into her pocket hearing her mobile phone beep.
“Erm, what the hell?” She looks at Rebecca frowning and shows her the phone, it’s a Facebook message from herself to Lynda.
I don’t know why I bother being friends with you, you’re just some bitch that stole my boyfriend in school!
“What?!!!!” She snatches the phone, and the message is in black and white. She puts the phone down on the table and goes into her handbag pulling her own phone out unlocking it and going into Facebook but she can’t get into it.
“I’ve been blocked! How is that possible?”
But there is only one explanation…..