So this one could go either way… just depends on how you want to read it.
Today’s Prompt: “I like your hair.” He looked her up and down. “Can I have a piece?”
Just a Piece
Taking the subway home every night was better than finding parking for her car, but it meant riding with so many strangers. By the time she was able to head home at night, some of the crazies seemed to be the only ones on the train with her. Today was no exception.
Tonight though, he was there again. It seemed like he was there every evening and he spooked her. Not overly tall, yet burly with a presence that seemed to fill the train. He never got too close, but he was always watching. Not just her, but she couldn’t help but feel like he was giving her more attention than anyone else. Maybe that was just paranoia, but… a single girl, out after dark in the city, she needed to be paranoid.
As the train was slowing, she stood to get off, and noticed he stood as well. Moving close to her as she was about to get off the train he leaned close and said “I like your hair.”
“Ummm, thanks…” she croaked out. Her hair was her crowning glory, a beautiful shimmering copper that you could never get from a box.
“Can I have a piece?” He asked, just as the doors opened. There was a glimmer of something, deep in his eyes as she stared at him, her mouth open in shock. She couldn’t even step away, the shock holding her next to him.
After she stands there, frozen in a moment of time she will never forget the doors start to close. She sticks her hand between them, keeping them open long enough to dash through. Stopping on the platform she turns and watches him. He just stands where she had left him, grinning at her through the window on the doors, as the train starts to move once more.
Shuddering, she makes her way home, vowing never to take that train again.
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