you find your apartment trashed. What do you do????
An excerpt from “To the Rescue,” the second story in Virtual Harmony and Other Short, Sweet Romances:
The insistent knocking wrenched Austin from his sleep. He glanced at his alarm clock. Midnight. Who in the world could be waking him up now? Was the high-rise on fire? He pulled on a pair of pants and rushed to the front door, sniffing for smoke
Before looking through the door’s peephole, he touched the surface lightly. No heat. Whatever the problem, it didn’t involve a fire.
One peek at his new neighbor’s expression through the fisheye, however, told him something was definitely amiss. She stood in the building’s hallway, her wide-eye gaze constantly checking to the left and right. He opened the door. “Sally, what’s the matter?”
Her voice trembled as she spoke. “Thank God you’re home. Can I borrow your phone? My cell’s battery is dead.”
Letting her inside, he handed over his cell and watched her dial 9-1-1. “Please send the police to 519 Vista Lane, apartment 122. There’s been a break-in. They’ve trashed the place…No, I didn’t see anyone…I’ll be next door in apartment 124.”
After supplying a few more details to the dispatcher, she returned the phone to him. “Thanks. They’ll be here soon.”
“Can I get you some water?”
“Yes, that would be -” The color drained from her face, making a cute sprinkling of freckles across her nose and cheeks more prominent. “Oh, no! I left my computer bag inside the apartment. What if they steal it? My boss’ll be furious.”
Austin pressed an ear against the wall adjoining her apartment. Silence. “I think they’re gone. I’ll try to get it.”
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