Writing Prompt (Can you stay here? Please?)

Can You Stay

Jack watched in astonishment as this large man smacked this petite girl in the bar, she couldn’t have been bigger than 5 foot tall and 100 lbs; and he had to be about 185 lbs 6 foot tall. He just reached out and smacked her off her stool, he knew he had to do something. He walked over and told him he needed to apologize and leave. “Who the hell are you, this is none of yer business”, “Well it is now” replied Jack and cold cocked the man and knocked him to the floor. Everyone in the bar cheered, Jeff had been an asshole his whole life and treated Tracey like a piece of shit. Finally someone stood up to him and protected Tracey.

Jeff, rubbed his Jaw, “Get the hell out of here and cool your ass off before I call the cops” the bartender yelled. Jeff told everyone in the bar to fuck off and stormed out of the bar.

Jack looked down at Tracey and offered his hand to her, she gladly took it and got to her feet. “Are you okay?” He asked. “I’m fine, but I need to get away from that man. It’s not like he is my husband just a guy I’ve been living with”. Jack nodded and told her that was probably a good idea. Jack ordered a couple drinks for the two of them as they sat down at the bar where they talked till closing.

“Do you want me to walk you home?” Jack asked Tracey, “That would be great, I just don’t know if I feel safe going by myself” Tracey told him, she had a big smile on her face as they walked out the door.

On the way home they talked about their relationships and in just a short time both felt like they could really could be good friends or maybe more. The night was beautiful and the moon was full which really showed off how beautiful Tracey was, even with the black eye starting to form under her left eye. Tracey looked at Jack and thought he was one of the most handsome men she had ever seen and really hoped maybe there could be more.

They arrived at her house and Jack said “Well, it looks like we are here. Do you think I could give you a call sometime and maybe go out?” Tracey looked at him and said “Of course, I would love that.” Jack started to walk away when Tracey reached for his arm and said “You know I still don’t feel safe and if he came back I’m not sure what I would do”. Jack sympathized with her and just smiled and grabbed her hand. Tracey immediately felt better and asked “Can you please stay with me tonight, Please?”, Jack smiled and said “Of course it would be my pleasure”.

Walking towards the door hand in hand Jack smiled, and thought to himself, good thing she doesn’t really know me; and slowly slid his knife from his back pocket and followed her in through the front door.

©Chris Chonos

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