Anna

Anna sat bolt upright. She didn’t know what had woken her, but one glance at her alarm clock told her it was nearly time to get up and get started on her day, anyway.

As always, the young woman began her day with a quick, steaming hot shower, to wash away the fog and lingering bits of nightmare. Afterward, she ran a comb through her short pixie cut dark hair and a brush across her sparkling teeth.

Anna sat bolt upright. She didn’t know what had woken her, but the towel crumpled beneath her on the bed said she was halfway through her morning routine.

Rummaging through her closet for a suitable outfit for the day left her feeling depressed. Nothing she already had grabbed her attention, so she was sure it wouldn’t hold the attention of the group she was meeting for lunch. Rolling her chocolate eyes in aggravation and hopelessness, she grabbed at the first colorful blouse and dark pair of pants she came across.

Anna sat bolt upright. She didn’t know what had woken her, but she discovered herself dressed and ready to go to her midday date with destiny.

The short woman slipped from her coral armless chair and glided out the door of her tiny apartment. The walk to the corner bistro took only a few minutes, but Anna was already late by the time she arrived. The three men in black suits waiting for her were consulting watches and fitfully watching the others in the quaint restaurant. Anna slid onto a wrought iron chair at their table and introduced herself.

Anna sat bolt upright. She didn’t know what had woken her, but the scratchy carpeting underneath her bare arms was unfamiliar. So was the dim interior of the van she was in.

The young woman smiled to herself. The three men she’d met a short time ago had fallen for the bait. Her date with destiny was underway. They’d never know what hit them.

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