I looked down at me phone completely stunned. I had no idea how to respond to what message I had just received, nor did I want to try to interpret it. I looked down at my phone once more to see if I was hallucinating or not, the message was still there. I almost lost my mind, this couldn’t be happening, this isn’t real. I kept on telling myself these words to try to calm myself down.
Belarus is in the hospital. Your only love, Ivan. I hope she’s okay. I hope it isn’t anything tragic. I couldn’t hold back the tears, finally, I got the urge to text him back Which hospital? I want to come see her. Is she ok? Your only love, Zara. By the time it took for him to respond, I can assume he was there already. She’s just down the road from your house. Your only love, Ivan. I started to cry some more and Julie looked at me with a questioning look.
“Belarus is in the hospital just down the road, are you coming? You don’t have to, but I’m leaving.”
“Oh, shit, sorry, no. I have to go meet someone… I will be there ASAP though.”
I nodded knowing exactly who she might mean by “someone”
I calmed myself and walked out the door. Soon enough I had a whole strand of buzzes coming from my phone. I looked down to see who it was, but it was an anonymous number. I looked at the message. Why don’t we meet up some place, Zara. That sense of chills ran down my spine, because I knew it wasn’t Ivan, Ivan would have signed it “Your only love,” I knew it wasn’t Arthur, he loved Julie too much. Could it be Francis? Maybe Derick? Prussia? Who ever it was, I wasn’t in the mood. I received another message Be at the mall by 6:30, I’m watching and I’ll be waiting… Yet a longer chill shot down my back like a long knife stabbing my skin. I ran, in fear of someone watching me, I ran into the hospital. I panted. Breathing heavily I asked the nurse at the desk, “What room is Belarus in?”
I bolted down the hall and into the room as fast as I could, then Belarus looked up at me and smiled.
“I-I I’m…” she stopped “I’m preg--pregnant.”
“Latvia and I... “ she sighed “Are having a baby.” she smiled
I gasped, “Congrats, mother.” I smiled back her “Where’s Ivan?”
He walked in behind me, “You called?”
“Ivan, I need to talk to you.” I still had the scared look in my eyes, and I could tell.
“What's wrong, my love?”
“Did you text me after this message?” I showed him his last message on my phone.
“Ivan, someone is stalking me.”
“Are you sure you aren’t overreacting?”
“No, I am not overreacting. Did you see these messages?” I showed him all the messages that sent chills up my spine once again.
“WHO SENT THESE?” Ivan looked frustrated
“I don’t know, all I know is I was walking out the door to come see Belarus and me phone went off like thirteen times. That’s when I got the messages.” My phone went off again. Revenge is the best medicine, I always say. What I’m plotting stands so true to that statement.
“Ivan, here it is again. I am sorry, Ivan, I need to go home and tell Julie.”
“Alright. I’ll see you later.”
I walked home from the hospital and walked in the door. I looked around for about 10 minutes to try to find Julie and still couldn’t find her, she must still be at starbucks. I fed my dog and sat on the couch. I need to text Julie. Ju, I have a problem. One, Belarus is prego and I have a fricken stalker! I sent the message and heard vibration come from her bedroom, I walked down the hall and into her bedroom to find she had left her phone at home. It was going on 5:30 and I was panicking trying to figure out whether or not to go to meet my stalker or just stay at home, I look at my phone once again. It seemed as if only minutes had gone by but in fact, it was 6:00. I texted Ivan. Going to meet this dumbass who seems to be stalking me, I’ll text you if anything goes wrong. I love you. Your only Love, Zara.