I step out of the shower and wrap a towel around my waist. I assume it was Heather when I went to open the door, but I am met with a tiny young girl.
“Hey, we haven’t met, but I’m Rachael. Your new neighbor,” she chirps at me like a little bird. She seems way too excited this late at night.
“Hey.” I reach down and grip the top of my towel. All I need is for my towel to fall and this chick to get an eye full of my package. “Can I help you with something?”
“Oh, yea! I’m sorry. We just moved in and don’t have everything we need. I hoped you had a plunger or something I could use to unclog the toilet.” She peaks around me trying to check out my apartment.
“I have a plunger. Are you going to need assistance or is your boyfriend around to help?” I ask before opening my door wider for her to enter. She doesn’t waste any time making her way into my apartment, following me toward the bathroom.
“Oh, yea, no boyfriend, just me and my dad.” By how fast she is speaking, she’s obviously nervous. She is trying to look anywhere but at me. “We moved here from the Midwest. My dad got a great price on a new bike shop and couldn’t pass it up.”
“Yea, I helped your dad move in a couple of days ago. He never mentioned anything about a daughter.”
“Sometimes he forgets I’m a girl since I’m nothing but a grease monkey like him since I started working there.” She gives me a shy smile as she tucks a piece of hair behind her ear. “I didn’t get here until yesterday. Just finished my final semester at a community college.” I give her a nod before heading to the bathroom for the plunger.
As I pass my room I grab my phone and shoot Heather a quick text. All I need is for her to come in and see me half naked with another female in my apartment. After hitting send, I walk into the bathroom and grab the plunger out of the closet and head back to Rachael. I can’t help but wonder why she told me her entire life story in a matter of minutes, and we only met recently. I’m sure someone has taught her not to be so trusting, but she said she was from the Midwest. I remember what it was like when I first came to the city. After being used to never having to lock my front door or car and knowing everyone in town, it was a huge change.
Looking at her baby face and bright eyes make me think of a younger version of my sister, Melanie. She obviously needs a friend in the big bad city. Maybe I can introduce her to Heather and Addison.
“Alright! Thanks for this.” She reaches over and wraps her tiny arms around my waist giving me a bear hug. Damn, I had no idea someone so small could be so strong!
The door slams open, hitting the wall in the process. “What the fuck is going on here?!?” Rachael and I turn to find a very angry Heather coming our way. It’s as if I see my life flash before my eyes and I brace myself for the slap that is coming. I learned from having a sister that there is no explaining this situation to Heather, she’s going to make whatever conclusion she wants.
“Hi! I’m Rachael, the new neighbor.” Rachael jumps between Heather and me, saving my ass.
“Hi, I’m Heather. Care to explain why you have your hands around Wyatt here?” she says with a raised eyebrow and her arms crossed over her chest. She leans around Rachael and addresses me, “And why the hell are you standing here half naked?”
Opening my mouth to respond once again Rachael swoops in to save the day. “Oh, I kind of bombarded him when he was getting out of the shower. I need a plunger to help unclog the toilet and Wyatt…” She looks back at me to confirm that’s my name. I give her a slight nod of my head, hoping that she will continue with the explanation. “Got the plunger I needed, and I’ll leave you to enjoy whatever it is you were going to be doing.”
Rachael’s voice raises slightly as she turns and gives me a wave before heading out the door, closing it behind her. I watch the door close before turning to Heather. I take in a deep breath and get ready to face my fate.