[I have been a member on this site exactly one year today. I've spent the past week trying to think of something to post today. What are the odds that something VERY PWP-worthy happened last night.]
I had gone to the library, but the library was closed (even though it was a Friday), so I walked to Bonny’s apartment. She had asked me to come by so she could use my mobile phone as hers didn’t work anymore. When I walked the four miles to her apartment, she informed me that a friend had stopped by earlier and let her use his. So I began walking around applying at places for a job. I went into at LEAST forty businesses and only one was actually hiring. The rest was only accepting applications. I applied anyway.
I eventually got lost for a few minutes in residential area. Then I passed a friend’s house and knew exactly where I was. But my friend wasn’t home so I kept walking. A few blocks away, I came onto a massive parking lot. Halfway across, I suddenly realized that this was the very lot where the tent revival was back on November 2, 2009, where I ran into Billy. I began to panick and txtd one of most closest friend, Elphie (not her real name), and told her. She must have received it late, because she replied several blocks later after my brief panick had subsided.
I went to visit my friend, James, whom I hadn’t seen in months. He was pleased to see me and I stayed about two hours. I helped him around the house for a bit and stalled so my phone could charge. The moment I left his house, I called my girlfriend, Lily (which is actually her nickname). Lily and I were talking while I was walking the two miles to my apartment. Suddenly, I felt this strange feeling, and I mean STRANGE. I looked behind me and almost died on the spot.
“Oh, crap! Oh, crap! Oh, crap!” I kept saying into the phone.
“What?! What?! What?!” Lily screamed.
“I’ll txt it to you,” I told her, my voice quivering with fear.
I txtd her, “BILLY IS BEHIND ME!!!!”
She started to panick, too, and told me to start running,. I was tired from all the walking I’d done that day and from not eating for three days. I told her, ‘I’m surprised I am still able to walk! Running will just make me fall sooner.”
I was starting to wonder if it was just a coincidence that he was there, so I cut through a park. I was planning to anyway. It’s shortcut to my apartment. I was a third of the way through the park and I looked back and Billy and turned into the park. I half screamed, “HE’S TURNED THE CORNER!”
On top of everything, it was starting to sprinkle. If anyone follows my Entries, you’ll know that being wet gives me flashbacks to things my dad did when I was little. I hate being wet.
That’s when Elphie called. Lilly had txtd her what was going on. She told me what to do if he approached me (knee kicks and windpipe blows) and told me to avoid my apartment at all costs. There is a 7Eleven behind my apartment. She told me to go there and call the police. I turned around and noticed he wasn’t following me anymore. I told Elphie and she was relieved. She had to go do something else, but made sure I was okay before hanging up.
Lily was still on the other line and I sorta kinda forgot to tell her that Elphie was calling and just answered, so she was totally hysterical. Once she realized I was okay, and that the sprinkling had stopped, she calmed down. She said that Eliza (not her real name) wanted to 3-way us, so she did and we filled her in (both of us in freak-out mode). I told both of them that I was going to walk to 7Eleven anyway, and to do so, I’d have to walk under the overpass to avoid the busy street of Judge Ely Boulevard.
As I was approaching the overpass, I heard a noise and stopped and told Lily. She let out a small whining noise and regretted telling her. Homeless people always are under here and it was probably just one of them. I continued talking to Lilly and Eliza as I stepped foot under the overpass. On the far end of it was a massive mesquite tree. As I passed it, Billy leapt out and tackled me to the ground. My phone hit the ground and the battery flew out.
With me on the ground and him on top of me, Billy pulled out a knife and put it to my throat.
“I saw you. I knew you would be coming around again.”
I was totally confused. Then it hit me. He lives behind the parking lot where the tent revival had been. He had seen me.
“I have missed you,” he said. “It was so much fun f****n you that night. I’ve wanted to do it again ever since.”
Elphie’s voice rang out in my head and I held my palm flat and hit him in the windpipe. He gagged and rolled off of me, quickly standing back up. I stood up and aimed and kick at his knee, but got him between the legs instead (Made me think of that saying, “Shot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”) I took off running. Looking back, I saw him get into the passenger side of a car on Judge Ely and it drove off. I went back and got my phone and battery, put it back in, turned it on, and called Lily. She was crying and said (I think), “What happened?! Are you okay?! I’m so scared!!”
All she could hear was me breathing very hard. After almost a minute, I managed out, “H-h-he w-w-w-was-s-s-s hi-i-i-id-d-d-ding-g-g behind-d-d-d a-a-a-a t-t-tree!!!!”
“No he wasn’t!” She screamed through sobs.
“Y-y-yes-s-s h-h-he w-w-was,” I said through my own sobs.
We cried on the phone together for a couple minutes, then calmed down enough to call Eliza. I txtd Lily a very summarized account of what happened and she fwd’d it to both Eliza and Elphie.
On Wednesday, Eliza had sent a package for me in the mail. She had perfect timing. I checked my mail on my way to my apartment. In the mailbox was an electric bill and a key. I took the key and opened the big postal box. Her package filled the entire space. I had to work it out of there. On the walk to my apartment, I clutched the package like a hug. I couldn’t stop shaking. Lily’s voice in my ear was so wonderful, and it helped calm me down.
When I got to my apartment, I opened the package and felt warm love. I was on the phone with the girl who sent it to me, and we laughed about everything I pulled out. She’d included a small note. It brought me to tears again, but tears of happiness.
Within an hour of being attacked, Lily had me almost forgetting it had even happened. Her love and care nearly instantly healed me of the damage it would of caused had she not been there.
Sitting here typing this, I think back to 2007. When “that” happened to me, I had no friends. I went through that all alone with nobody. It was literally the darkest time in my life.
Now, almost three years later, I have some of the most amazing friends ever, and I am eternally grateful to them. I love you so much, Lily, Eliza, and Elphie!!!! (you know who you really are)