1 Oct


I can hear the footsteps behind me, the slightly uneven clip has followed me since the station. I put my earphones in so they won’t realise how alert I am, so they might think they are unnoticed.

I walk this way from the station three nights a week. I make sure I keep to the centre of the pavement so I can’t be grabbed from the shadows or from a passing car. I wear flat shoes, easy to make a getaway, and I think I could outrun most problems — I still hold the 100m record for my school after all.

I’ve been on a safety course, and have read all the articles about not leaving your drink unattended. All in all, I think I’m a responsible person. But the footsteps still stalk me. Every time, from the station to my job in the pub and home again after hours.

I turn and confront. ‘Mum, will you please stop following me.’

This piece was inspired by the photograph for August 26th on Creative Writing Ink and by a friend who actually did this.


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