Hours. Many hours she has been awake now. Ever since Parveen had lifted her from her bed in the middle of the night she had been up. She had filled her weekend bag with her things, the things she thought she really would need. Her laptop, ipad, ipod, phone, papers, money, her box with usb sticks. She had hardly touched the money she had gotten from Jenny yet so she did not have to worry there. It had been something in the tone Parveen used that made her understand how serious this was. And Mary who had been taken. She hoped the woman would be allright, but she had heard the doubt in Parveen’s voice.
The first motel. Parveen had paid for two nights. She hadn’t said anything. She already knew she would leave the moment Parveen’s car would be heading back to downtown. She had sat on the bed, waiting until she had heard her domitor leave. The familiar sounds of the car fading away until she was on her own. Her head was spinning. So many things she needed to take care of. She knew she had the choice to either take this very seriously, or just sit and wait. She had never been the type to just sit and wait and the moment she had wiped her computer in her dormroom and activated the remote webcam program she had made her choice.
The second motel. It hadn’t even taken that long to get a cab. She barely had time to put a braid in her hair and cut it off. She had stared at the braided hair for quite some time before she put a second elastic band around it and put it in her bag. She shook her head, already looking different now that her hair hardly came to her shoulders. She pulled her fingers through it and smiles sadly. A cup of coffee and the cab had been there. She had picked a motel near the airport, she wasn’t sure why. Maybe she could grab an hour of sleep but she didn’t want to risk it. There was so much to do. Once she had settled in her room she had taken out her laptop and phone. She had paid the motel enough to not have to show any id and buy wifi access without getting hassled. The list was still in her head and she knew she had to write it down or she would forget things. So she put all the steps and things she needed to do in a document and started from the top.
She started with emails. Making sure uni knew she was sick. Her students she tutored were notified that she could not come this week. They were set to be send out at 7.30 sharp. It would be too suspicious of any of them saw the timestamp of 3 in the morning. That taken care of, she wrote an email to Jenny of the Bean, also notifying she was sick and couldn’t come for a while. She was glad she had finished the remote login for the servers. Whereever she would be, she could log in there and either do work, or use it to her advantage. She did feel a little guilty for not letting Jenny know that she could. But it was not like she was going to abuse it or tell anybody. Even Parveen didn’t know about it.
She checked the webcam with her phone and blinked. They had been in her room, it was a mess. It was a miracle the webcam was still working. She went to the window and glanced through the slit of the curtains. She really needed some coffee, like really really needed some coffee. She got out of her room for a moment to get some. Now that she knew they had really come for her, she needed to keep going, even though she had only slept for three hours after that busy day of classes and tutoring. When the cups were empty she felt a bit better. Next item on the list. Set up a company or foundation or whatever it was she could use without having to use her own name to be able to use her money. She looked it up. It was amazing what you could find on the net about it. It didn’t take long but she could see how it was becoming light. Her body ached for sleep, but she wouldn’t let it. She needed to mail her dad. He would be worried. She put it last on the list, she didn’t know what to tell him at the moment.
A part of her had often thought about a mad dash like this. She wasn’t a hacker, she had always at least sort of stayed at the right side of the line. But it was that odd sense of thrill and adventure. Now that she was actually experiencing it, it didn’t really feel that way. She was scared and tired and she didn’t know yet when she would be able to sleep. She watched the window with the closed curtains for a moment. It really was starting to become light now, her mails would be send out any minute now, assuring that some people would not worry if they didn’t hear from her for a few days. She couldn’t slow down now, if she would do that, she would break down and cry and this was not the time to go crying like a little girl. She had told Parveen that the woman did not need to worry about her and she would make sure of it.
She had made a list of things she needed to buy. Again she glanced at the window. It was light. She needed to mail Parveen. She created a new gmail address and send her domitor a mail that she had to look in her post box withing else than that in it. It was almost time to take care of the rest of her hair. She knew it would be a mess, but the way it looked now was still too recognizable due to it being half long. She took the scissors from her toiletbag and went to the bathroom to watch what she was doing in the mirror. With a sigh she took strand after strand of hair and cut it off. It wasn’t neat it wasn’t pretty but it was short and made her look quite different and that was the intention.
She watched the strands of hair in the sink and shook her head. It felt so odd, so odd. She makes sure to clean up everything, putting the hair in a plastic bag and putting it in her weekend bag, than washes the last bits of it down the drain with water. She looks in the mirror and could just cry. She had always loved her long hair and now it was really definitely gone. She takes a deep breath and washes her face with cold water. She eyed the shower. That really wasn’t a bad idea.
Feeling at least clean she stuffed her weekend bag in a locker of the airport. She just took her backpack along in which she had put her ipad. She couldn’t help but pull her hand through her short hair. She really tried not to, but it just felt too odd. At one of the clothing shops of the airport she bought a turtleneck and went into the toilet to put it on. She stuffed her t-shirt in her bag. Now just some sunglasses and she was set to visit some shops.
Simcards. The big secret in telephony. She bought a few new ones. One for herself, one for parveen and hopefully for mary and a few to spare. She noted down the numbers in a document on her ipad when she took a moment to sit down for some coffee and breakfast. She put one in her own phone and transferred her numbers. She writes a little note with her own date of birth in front, than the number of the simcard she just put in her phone behind it. She would make sure that parveen would get this somehow.
Motel 3. When she thought she had taken care of the things she needed to buy, she got herself some lunch. The food was good and the coffee was better than the cheap motel crap she had been drinking all night and morning. She had taken her bag out of the locker again and went to a motel not too far from the buss station. Again she paid too much, but they didn’t ask any questions. She bought some internet time on the wifi so she could take care of the last administrative things to take her name out all her finances so they could not use it, or abuse it. Her new atm pass would be send to her brand new po-box and Jenny’s money really would last till than, she didn’t have to worry about that.
She was so tired. She really could use a rest, but knew that it wouldn’t be a good idea now. She took a deep breath, put on the sunglasses and her weekend bag, even though she would have this room for a night. She decided to put it away in a locker at the reception. She looked around the room, making sure there was nothing left behind from her, than locks it up. She hails a cab, just taking her backpack with her and lets it take her close to parveen’s neighbourhood. Once there she looked around until she found a kid she thought she could trust with a little errand. She takes some paper from hr backpack and rips it in little squares. She folds them all and puts them in a pile, than takes the simcard she bought for parveen and the little note she wrote before. She gave the kid some money and the pile of empty notes and the one note and simcard with instructions to put a note in every letterbox of parveen’s apartment building but the card and the written note at a specific number. She stayed quite a bit away, a lot further than any normal person would still be able to see things. The powers in the blood that parveen had given her came in handy now. She focused on the boy to make sure he did what he asked her. She was amazed that it worked and how clear she could see him, even from this distance. She slinked away, glad this part was also taken care of. Now she had to wait. And with wait she meant keep moving all over town and only return to the motel after dark, ready to check out and hopefully go to a new place.
(Written as a background story for PL vampire the masquerade roleplay)