She had been watching her neighbor’s house for weeks, but she saw something today that made her feel afraid.
Being housebound now as she was, the only contact she had with the outside world was looking out of her window and people watching.
Her neighbour had moved in about three months ago and it had been interesting to see the furniture van unloading her possessions and household items. She was amused that some were very similar to her own, perhaps not the same colour, but design and size nonetheless.
As with most new residents, they wanted to put their stamp on their new home, so some were intent on home improvements, decorators, or landscaping the garden.
She’d noticed the BMW in the driveway a little while ago and thought nothing of it at first. She never saw the occupant arrive or leave so thought it was a boyfriend or family member.
She was wrong on both counts and could not believe it when she saw him emerge from the driver’s seat, her neighbour rushing to greet him in a passionate embrace.
Her mind flashed back ten years to a time when she was as thrilled to see her beloved come home after a business trip.
The beatings that followed broke her spirit and numerous bones to such an extent that she was now in a wheelchair. With help, she had escaped the abusive marriage, obtained a divorce and moved to where nobody knew her or her history to start a new life.
Now it was all coming back to haunt her.
What should she do? Say nothing or warn her that this man was a cruel bully and she was in danger.
Written for Fandango’s Story Starter.