#FF — Be Mine

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Albert?,” says Anna.

I look at Anna’s face to see an expression somewhere between confusion and fear.

Albert is a name I’ve heard Anna say many times when she’s decompressing after an especially trying day. Della, her boss, keeps her cousin, Albert, on the payroll more out of guilt than anything. His obsessions drive him to bend all cubicle ears.

How did Albert know where they would be?

We stand without speaking and approach the front desk. Police arrive and question the suspect. They find Albert’s van parked in the service area with duct tape, zip-ties, syringes, and knife.

[100 words]

 

This is part 2, concluding the cliffhanger from last week.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the artistic host of Friday Fictioneers.

57 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Sounds like Alberet has hard-to-meet needs. Best to turn him down

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Anna needs to get a restraining order against Albert asap. Depending on how he obtained the information of Anna’s whereabouts, and if the restraining order goes into effect, Della may have to fire her cousin (with a good reason to give her guilt-tripping family!)

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      1. Sounds like that’s what’s best for Anna. Great story, Li!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Thank you, Shweta. Yes!

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  2. Sadje says:

    Very intriguing story Li

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje!

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome my friend

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  3. Tannille says:

    Every woman’s worse nightmare. I didn’t expect this conclusion to the story!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes! I didn’t either, until I saw this week’s image. Thanks for reading and commenting, Tannille.

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  4. Sandra says:

    Sounds like Della’s loyalty may have been misplaced.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes. Hoping this spurs her to the realization. Thank you for reading and your comment, Sandra.

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  5. Lorraine says:

    Wow! Hope the police looked at the evidence in Albert’s van and arrested him! The stuff of nightmares — women’s nightmares! Shivers!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I hope so also, but what real crime has he committed? Maybe enough to get a judge to approve a restraining order, but often something terrible has to happen to stop these maniacs. Thank you for reading and your comment, Lorraine.

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  6. GHLearner says:

    Ouch! Let’s hope the cops take them seriously. You managed to bring the fear and terror to the reader very well.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Gah, thank you. I hope they do also. I think Albert needs serious mental health assessment and intervention — and monitoring — at minimum if they don’t have enough to arrest him. Maybe an involuntary commitment. All stuff judge has to approve, and often they aren’t inclined to do so without hard, i.e. actual harm evidence.

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  7. memadtwo says:

    Obsessive behavior is dangerous…he needs help, but given the world we live in, probably won’t get the proper kind. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly, Kerfe. Our system for dealing with human feelings and behaviors is broken.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        It is. I wonder if it’s even repairable or if we just need to start over.

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  8. Sounds like a Kavorkian scenario here.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I was thinking more Bundian 😉

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      1. Oh yes he works too. I love Ghost Adventures and I remember that Zack Bagans has Khavorkian’s Suicide van your tale reminded me of that.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Haven’t read/seen it, thank you 🙂

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          1. Its a TV ghost hunt show. Good fun if you like that stuff.

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  9. Not the direction I expected the story to take! Well done.

    Here’s mine!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad to have surprised you, Keith. Thank you.

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  10. Dale says:

    Caution and fear are the proper emotions here!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      For sure, Dale. I don’t think things are wrapped up with this situation by a long shot. Thanks for reading and your comment.

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      1. Dale says:

        That’s for sure.

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  11. I think I don’t like Albert …

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  12. Dear Lisa,

    Time for Anna to get outta Dodge. Albert is baaaaad news. Good story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you. I hope it’s Albert that’s “taken out” instead of Anna. Yes he is a menace to society.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  13. plaridel says:

    he needs a good lawyer to get him out of this mess. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      We’ll see!

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  14. athling2001 says:

    Chilling! Well done.

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  15. subroto says:

    Nice one. Albert just wants a hug.

    Much easier to stab a person in the back that way.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 I think you are right! Thank you, Subroto.

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  16. Well, that was unexpected. But glad he was found out!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes! Thanks for reading and commenting, Sascha.

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  17. draliman says:

    Yikes. Not only obsessed but he has all the kit to go further… 😮

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Hoping he gets the intervention that he needs.

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  18. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I hope Anna survived… I can’t tell though because it’s a little ambiguous.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I hope so too!

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  19. Sounds like something needs to be done about Albert quickly, before matters get out of hand.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Indeed! Let’s hope “the system” does what it’s intended to do…

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  20. granonine says:

    I know how to meet Albert’s needs. Toss him in a cell and never let him out! One wonders how many victims have passed through his evil hands.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Linda, I tend to agree with you! I watched a Nova special last night talking about places that do personal dna testing and they showed two situations where cold cases were solved using the “joined database” (forgot the name of it.) One guy had killed 13 and raped over 50 (that they know of!) It wasn’t until a distant relative got hers into the database that they were able to track down the person.

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      1. granonine says:

        Statistics show quite clearly that this kind of criminal doesn’t stop. He has to BE stopped.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Yes he does! I say get the judge to have him involuntarily committed and assessed and in the meantime try to get a search warrant on his house.

          1. granonine says:

            Yup. I think he has lots of secrets.

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  21. pennygadd51 says:

    You’ve made a clever link between the decrepit state of the vehicle and the moral/mental state of Albert.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Penny thank you!

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  22. ahtdoucette says:

    That is scary! I hope he goes to prison. Prison sounds good and much-deserved.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Anne I’m 100% in agreement; he can get his treatment while in prison.

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  23. Laurie Bell says:

    Ooooooo Albert is not simply the annoying cousin it seems.

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