Abby: Chapter III

I have finally finished part three of this story.  If you haven't read the first two I suggest you do so before you read this part of the story.

Abby: A Short Story

Abby: Chapter II 

I am still on a learning curve so feel free to offer any suggestions that you think may help.  I am enjoying writing this story I get little ideas and jot them down as I go and they just come together.  Remember any and all characters and situations in this story are purely fictitious. Thanks in advance for reading. 

photo courtesy of sxc.hu
photo courtesy of sxc.hu

Abby: Chapter III

I take another drink from my I margarita and clap my hand over my mouth. Clenching my stomach I retreat to the lady's room. I push the door open, lean against the concrete wall and take a deep breath. This Terry person's aura is gray and incongruent to his appearance.

Come on Abby get hold of yourself. You need to think.

I splash my face with water and make sure my mascara has smeared. I hope Sarah will come after me. I realize I have left my purse and phone at the table. I need to call Jake to come and get us.

I'm praying that Sarah doesn't fall for his charm. People like him try to work through people you care about to get to you. I'm still thinking when Sarah barges in. "Abby are you okay?" Sarah looks half concerned and half annoyed.

"Sarah I'm sorry. I need to go. Are you coming?" I dramatically clench my stomach, stumble into a stall and slam the door. I wretch and hope it sounds believable.

"Abby what's really going on?" Sarah isn't convinced. Have I done this too many times before? I come out of the stall to face Sarah.

"I'm sorry Sarah. I got one of those feelings." I look in the mirror trying to avoid Sarah's irritated looking glare.

"How come every time you get a feeling the fun stops?" I realize she's not so mad as merely exasperated.

"Sarah, please, you have to listen to me. We've had a long day. We don't need to make it worse by arguing. That Terry may look okay on the outside but there is something lurking on the inside" I make complete eye contact with Sarah.

Sarah flicks her hair back over her shoulders. "Do you want me to go and take care of the bill and get your purse? I'm not mad at you Abby. I trust your instincts." Sarah exits and is back with my purse in no time. "Tell Jake to hurry. I hate sitting alone in a restaurant. Don't look so sorry...I trust you, honest." Sarah gives me a hug. I call Jake and he's coming to get us.

I can tell that Terry is still in the restaurant. I look in the mirror and try to fix the mascara streaks on my face. Someone opens the bathroom door. I don't give it much thought. Before I can take a swipe at my mascara again, I am grabbed and forced into a stall. I can't get a word out as a hand is clasped over my mouth. I can't see who it is but I know by the voice hissing at me that it is Terry. "Don't make a sound Abby. I'm merely going to warn you. We're going to cross paths again. You'll remember me at some point. Don't tell anyone. If you do I'll know, and I'll harm those closest to you."

With that he let me go and left. Feeling as though I'm in a different body I remember...


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photo courtesy of sxu.hu

Shaking inside, and scared, I look up and Sarah is standing there. "Abby, Jake is here, let's go." I just stare at her. "Abby, you look as though you have seen a ghost. You're pale and clammy."

Sarah gives me a nudge. I stumble forward then jolt back into the stall and vomit so fiercely I cannot catch my breath. I then feel a cold hard thump on my face and then darkness.

I come to, and I am still laying on the tile floor but not in the stall. "Shit Abby!" Sarah looks slightly concerned but more amused. I'm not surprised. We see so much crap at work we are desensitized to other people's trauma.

"Sarah, what the hell?" I try to sit up but the throbbing pain in my face makes me lay my head back down. "You, my friend have earned a trip to the emergency room. Your face is smashed. Stay there I'm going to get Jake to help me get you out of here." Sarah goes to the door.

Jake turns a tad pale and his eyes grow wide in astonishment. "Abby, what in the world? Your face...it's really bad." Jake seems scared. He's not used this kind of thing. Abby ignores him, she's in nurse mode. I lift my hand to my face, it feels sticky. "How long was I out?" I whisper. It's obvious that I've been out for a little while as the blood has congealed some, and I can barely open my right eye.

"Okay Abby, let's get up slowly, we'll help okay. Hold this towel to your face it will probably start bleeding again. We don't want to ruin everyone's appetite in the restaurant now do we?" Sarah winks at me...Spoken like a true nurse. Always others needs and comforts before ourselves. Trying to make me feel better with a little humor.

With help I make it to a sitting position. My head is throbbing and I can feel the weird numbness from the gash on my face. Carefully Sarah and Jake help me to my feet. Leaving the bathroom I endure all the gawking and whispering. We get into the truck and head for the ER at the U.

After a zillion tests and even more questions I am told I don't have a concussion but my right cheek and nose are fractured. I also need some stitches on the right side of my face just below my eye. I am offered something for pain-something strong. Good, I can escape the images that have come forth as a result of the chance meeting this evening. Before I drift off I wonder how I will be able to turn off the horrific scenes that seem to keep flashing in my mind's eye. How will I be able to keep it to myself without going insane? There's not enough tequila in the world.

Copyright © 2010 Tammy Lochmann

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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Wow -- what comes next? Well done and I only counted one tense slip this time. You get better and better. Lynda


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Fantastic. I wish I could keep reading, I really do.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Lynda...under such fine tutelage I can only get better...Thank you so much you can only imagine what it means to me when you to give me such positive support. Hope you are feeling better.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

POP...Thank you so much...I put a little extra effort into this one. I better get busy on the next chapter. See you for breakfast.


"Quill" 6 years ago

Well done Tammy...bravo you have a gift girl...loved the story...

Be Blessed


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

You had a lot going on here, Tammy. It was very intense and dramatic. You left us at just the right time and have instilled in us much curiosity over Terry's character. I'm looking forward to the next chapter :)


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Quill...Thank you my friend...I am grateful for your encouragement.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

dohn...Thanks but I have to give you some credit here. If it weren't for you and others like you around here I wouldn't have improved so much in such a short time. Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement!


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware

Wow Tammy this is turning into a mystery thriller! lol Great work, I love being kept in suspense.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Jen...Thank you! I really appreciate your encouragement. I need to get busy brain storming where this story is going as of right now I have an idea but I need to organize it all. Lovely to see you!


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

Okay, it makes one want to read the next chapter...so I will be here for it. Great and interesting...thanks for sharing. Linda


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware

You are so welcome Tammy, I am anxiously anticipating your next chapter. :-)


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Linda...I guess I need to get to work...However we are in the midst of trying to buy a new house and to sell the one we are in. I have a lot of work to do with the house so I may be a while...but who knows I enjoy writing so much it's really not work.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Jen...back atcha!


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Great job, waiting for more...............

Kaie


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Thanks Kaie...I better get busy.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Awesome Rockstar! Hurry up and give me another! Dang! I hate when I read excellent hubs and there is no more! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...........


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Ghostwhisper...Thank you...Your reaction is just what I want...your writing does the same for me...Lotsa love Rockstar


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Wow- you're really writing a great story. Great job Tammy! Great job!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Micky...thanks for the encouragement. I really appreciate you stopping by and making a comment.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Another amazing chapter, well done. You have me anxiously awaiting what will come next.

Great Job,

Sage


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Wow, this just gets better and better! More! Soon. Please?


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Hi Sage...It's great to see you. Thanks so much for the encouraging words!I must stop in to see what you have been up to soon.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Hi Duchess...I will be working on the next one. Your input and encouragement mean a lot to me. I read your last article I just didn't have time to make a comment but I rated it...up up...It was really good.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Nice one and I am waiting for the next one again, amused at how Terry will surfaced and I think Abby has an intuition as well! let us see, that margarita, keep on writing Abby-este Tammy! Maita


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Hi Maita...or whoever you are :-)....Thanks for stopping in hope things are going well for you...I will be away for a while...I'll still drop in I just won't be writing...Life has some different plans for me for a while...


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msannec 6 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

Wow, I can't wait to see what comes next! Great story!


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

My dearest Tam...

Goodness this is the best chapter ever! It has taken such a smooth plot twist! I really, truly enjoyed it! It is very compelling writing! Congrats, my friend! I did love it!

Thumbs up!(Double!)

Warmest regards and infinite eternal blessings,

Al


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

msannec...Thank you neighbor...I truly appreciate your encouragement.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Al...Your encouragement is greatly appreciated...Wish I had the time to do more right now...I'll be checking on you...Keep up the great work my friend.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Intense! Will it be made into a movie??


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Holle...cute! I'd be lucky if it were made into a book...LOL..Great to see you I always look forward to your visits.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

it is ok Tammy, keep in touch ok,You take care always! Maita


ralwus 6 years ago

You have me in chills now.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

ralwus...Thanks for the encouragement...It's going to be a while before I can get some more of this story done...It's great to see you!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Awaiting the next installment!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Thanks Holle...It might be a while.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Wow! Great chapter! I read this before but I apologise for not commenting on how great it is! So I came back for a re-read! That's allowed, right? Anyway, poor Abby is worrying me now. And I am dying to know what happens next! Great writing, Tammy! Take your time. Art takes time and it can't be rushed, I always say! That applies to great writing too! Cheers!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Cheeky....thanks for stopping back and giving it another read. I am dragging my feet a bit on this one I have been so busy lately I haven't had time to work on more of the story. I am always glad to see you!

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