Jlanda was walking back home from class one fall day when she soon spotted something unusual. She quickly hid behind the nearest tree.
Max, the archenemy of her boyfriend Joshua, was sitting down in the leaves reading a book. She not only couldn’t figure out why he was out in public but also couldn’t figure out what he was doing in Washington D.C.
She slowly and quietly sat down behind the tree. She needed time to think. She pulled out her phone and considered sending Joshua a message, but then she put her phone back in her bag again.
She looked back at Max. He was just innocently sitting there He took no notice of the people around him.
She finally pulled out her phone again and called Joshua.
‘Hello, Jlanda,’ said Joshua through the phone. ‘We’re in the muddle of an emergency here. I’m afraid I don’t much time to spare.’
“It’s too calm here, Josh,” whispered Jlanda. “I just spotted Max. He’s reading a book. I’m afraid he’s up to something.”
‘Is that all he’s doing?’
Jlanda took another quick glance.
“Yes,” she replied. “That’s all he’s doing.”
‘You needn’t worry then,’ replied Joshua. ‘He gets absorbed in reading those books of his. He is taking a break. He won’t hurt you, even if he does see you.’
“You sound like you’re steering me wrong.”
‘Jlanda, don’t be ridiculous!’ replied Joshua. ‘Of course, believe it or not, any day you catch him reading a mere book is a sign that he isn’t going to do you any harm. Did I make that clear?’
“Shouldn’t I call the police?”
‘No, no, no,’ replied Joshua. ‘You’d need more than the police to catch him anyway.’
Jlanda took another glance. This time Max wasn’t there.
“Where did he go?”
‘Now I’d urge you to be careful,’ replied Joshua. ‘I’m a bit busy, but I will talk with you until you reach your apartment safely.’
Jlanda immediately ran past the park and arrived in her apartment just a few minutes later.
‘Have you checked out the safety of your apartment yet?’
Jlanda began looking around in every room of her apartment.
“I don’t see anything,” replied Jlanda.
‘Well, good then,’ replied Joshua. ‘Now enjoy the fall weather while you can. I must go now. Bye, Jlanda.’
“Bye,” replied Jlanda as she closed her phone.
She soon got a cup of apple cider and sat down near the window. She noticed the colorful leaves slowly falling from the trees in her neighborhood. She could finally relax.