Pearl is on a mission until she has a car accident and finds out she has no memory of her past. In the accident Sheriff Jacks of Gennisis was unable to find any clues because the car was burned beyond repair. "I wonder where this stranger might be from?" The Sheriff thought out loud.
“Hey, I’ve got A Plan?”
Pearl looked at him with a nervous smile, feeling her heart race in a combination of fear
and excited anticipation. Taking a deep breath, making sure not to give herself
away…”Keep Calm” she thought.
"I don’t want anyone in the bar to see my black eyes and that we’ve had another one of our fights.” She said pointing to her face.
"Ok, here’s some money.” Tossing two twenties at her. “Fill up the gas tank, bring me back the change, damn it, and don’t be to long.” Raymond yelled at her.
She dropped him off at the corner only a half a block from his favorite bar. She could hear him cursing, “not to be late,” as she speed away. She took a deep breath and let out a small excited giggle and pulled into the nearest gas station.
Filling the car with as much gas as she could get in and it even spilled out a bit. Cleaning out the car of everything that was Raymond’s, which included his clothes, boots, business papers and trash. Seeing his things in the trashcan gave her some satisfaction that will teach him to hit me, she thought with a smile to her face.
Pearl wished she had done this along time ago. Was there time to wash the car, no; she had to complete her plans and was pushed it on time as it was. Carefully looking around she parked the car, and she entered the apartment and grabbed the ready-made suitcase she had hid earlier. The mission was to hurry, find all the cash she’d been storing for months.
Her friend, Kitten, from down stairs had given her two hundred dollars this morning. Pearl was so appreciative because she knew how hard this money was to come by, and how Kitten got her money. Pearl felt a pang of pain knowing she will miss, Kitten. She had been such a good friend and ail in dealing with Raymond.
This made Pearl remember all the times Raymond decided to treat her as a punching bag. Then if Kitten was home there would be a loud knocking at the door. There Kitten would be standing and searching the room for me if she was dead or alive. When she would see me she would ask to borrow something she got so inventive at times it would make me laugh. Pearl thought Raymond had the “hots” for her because he would always stop and flirt with her. Kitten would use this for her advantage and mine because without her interference Pearl knew she would be dead from his angry rage.
Kitten would beg me when we were alone, to leave Raymond. Then last night when he beat me until she blacked out. She knew then that her plan to leave was the right thing to do. It’s like that statement “without bad luck you would have no luck at all” that’s Raymond and his life. Pearl's life had been really hard but staying with him would make it unbearable!
It was hard to look into Kittens eyes as she had to say goodbye. The horror expression Kitten had when she saw her face was worth a thousand words. Then she started to cry and explain that she wanted to give me more. Then she whispered in my ear there a guy she knew that would “take care” of Raymond so Pearl could stay. Her response was to burst out laughing. Pearl told her that was sweet and she knew Kitten loved her enough to get rid of Raymond for her.
Leaving was to be a gift to myself to just get away and accomplish my “Roses Mission”, Pearl said with a wink and she understood. Pearl stood there looking at Raymond’s payday money that was on top of the dresser. Then she quickly took it along with the twelve hundred dollars she had stored in the bottom drawer. Counting the change from the twenties he had just threw at her. She laughed thinking of the rage he will have when he finds out about her leaving and that he will have no money this week.
That made two thousand and twenty dollars. She hoped Kitten would be able to deal with all his questions, She was glad she has powerful friend to protect her if he gets violent.
Well, if she put most of that to gas she could can get pretty far; she thought. It only took her two loads to put all her stuff in the car not realizing she owned so little. It was not to long ago she owned her own business, how did she get so down and out? Starting over again and then on the road with a butterfly feeling in her stomach at the thought of the unknown future.
Where was she headed, was the question that had haunted her since she first planed her escape. "Away", especially from Raymond. If she stay with him, he will end up killing her in one of our fights. Pearl always found very good-looking men but they all end up abusing me one way or another. She had got to find a place where she can take care of her self, maybe she will keep men out of the picture for a while!
Pearl was feeling so free she rolled down her window and stuck out her hand waving and hollered out “So long Raymond, take care, Kitten.” Oh, it was wonderful to feel the cool air breeze through her hand while it was outside the window. At that very minute she started giggling, uncontrollably and decided this was a start to a new and happier life.
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