No Loitering

Jan parted the curtains a tiny slit and looked at the man in the hoodie. He stood under a No Loitering sign on a street light pole. It was his 3rd day standing in that spot. She appreciated the irony.

Jan tested him yesterday by walking to the bodega. He followed.

Today she had other plans. She locked her door and headed for the roof.

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

4 thoughts on “No Loitering”

  1. No Loiteringby Virginia DeBoltJan parted the curtains a tiny slit and looked at the man in the hoodie. He stood under a No Loitering sign screwed on a street light pole. It was his third day standing in that spot. She knew she had a problem. Jan tested him yesterday by walking to the bodega. He followed. Today she had other plans. She locked her door and headed for the roof of her apartment complex. She watched carefully-it was him. Jan recognized his limp as he followed her. She carefully climbed the fire ladder to the roof. She ran to the maintenance freight elevator and opened the doors. She jammed a piece of wood into the sensor pin box. The doors stayed open. Jan pushed the button. The elevator went down. Jan ran back to the ladder–her ex-husband was just about to the top–his leg had slowed him down. He had beat her several times and she had called the cops twice….she had a restraining order for whatever that was worth. He lifted his bad leg over and started chasing her. The sun had dropped down and behind the low peaks to the west–the elevator was dark. He weighed over 240 pounds..she was running as fast as she could. Her Ex was right behind her. At the last second she ducked to the left–he couldn’t stop. He screamed all the way. Jan tossed the little piece of wood into the trash barrel and climbed back down the ladder. Problem solved and no more Loitering. F. Eugene Barber

  2. How was she ever going to get him out of her mind? She wasn’t eating. She wasn’t sleeping. She missed the feel of his body…his special scent. And now it had come down to this. Despite the “no loitering” sign posted in front of his New York City brownstone, she stood there in the dark hoping she might catch a glimpse him at his window. She was desperate. She was disgusted with herself for her feelings. “Oh my God!” She almost keeled over. A cab had pulled up. Out he came with a female half her age. Young and drop-dead gorgeous. They were all over one another laughing. She was overcome with intense hatred. She had to bite her lip to stop from screaming. She wanted to hit his face until it bled. She truly wanted him dead.

  3. So her dad was serious after-all when he said he would ask her longtime crush to watch over her ever since she told him about the bad breakup with her boyfriend. Jake Cornell didn’t even have the courtesy to come up and say hi, the weird thing was he had no problem talking to other people but with her it was as if she were carry a ticking bomb that would go off if he got too close.
    It had been a week since her father asked him to watch over her, as bittersweet as it was to watch over the woman he loved, he didn’t have the heart to reject her father’s plea. Sarah hadn’t changed much over the years, she was still as stubborn as ever and if he could guess correctly she knew he was watching her so he might as well say hello since there was no guy in the picture.
    Stumbling out of her bed she looked at her bedside clock and saw it was just 6:00! That person had better have a could reason for waking her up! Throwing open her door to scream at the intruder, her words flew back into her throat which caused her to cough profusely. Jake stood there, six feet tall, eyes one could melt into and a smile that disarmed her every time. He smiled softly before reaching out and stroking her hair, Sarah realized how untidy her appearance looked, her eyes widened in embarrassment which made Jake laugh and just like that the awkward tension was dissolved and Sarah let him in with a promise in her smile and Jake thought his heart would explode with happiness.

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