500 Word Short Story
A Welcome Departure
Scott A. Gese

500 Word Short Story

Cameron Daily was mesmerized. She was a beauty. Long auburn hair flowed down her back, hiding what her backless dress was meant to reveal. She was slim in all the right places and well endowed in others. She carried herself with the moxie of a woman who knew how to get what she wanted.

Her wide smile, a light touch of the fingertip, a slight flip of her head, all directed toward the man she was conversing with. Cameron wanted that to be him. He wanted to meet this woman in the worst way.

It looked as if he might be too late. “It could be an impossible task,” he thought. The thrill of the hunt appealed to him.

Cameron stalked the woman while flirting with other guests, slipping his phone number to several of them. All the while keeping a close eye on her. Whenever they made eye contact, he would give her a quick wink and a nod to let her know he was interested, and to see what type of response he would get from her in return.

He managed to make eye contact on several occasions. She ignored him each time. He kept it up to the point of being slightly obnoxious.

After an hour, Cameron saw his opening and made his move. He introduced himself. She told him her name was Samantha. They made small talk. She was polite. He was vain. For twenty minutes he bragged about himself and his fancy new Hummer, thinking he was impressing her. She on the other hand, was becoming more nauseated by the minute. She needed a polite way out.

“Would you hold my glass for me?” She asked. “I need to go freshen up.”

“You are coming back, right?” Cameron quipped with a smile.

“Of course,” she replied with a smile of her own.

Another woman in the ladies room started talking to her about this creepy guy named Cameron, and how he had forced his number on her and several other women at the party. Samantha asked if she could have it.

“Are you serious?” The woman asked.

“I think I can get him away from both of us.”

The woman gladly handed over the number. Samantha made a quick call and asked a friend to do her a favor. She gave him Cameron's number and asked him to find a creative way to get him to leave the party. They chatted for a minute, then she went back for her drink.

As she and Cameron talked, Cameron's phone rang. “Excuse me for just a moment, this might be important.”

He answered. A voice on the line replied, “ You have two minutes to be out of the building or your new Hummer disappears forever. Cameron turned pale, then quickly left the party. Samantha watched him leave, smiling.

Spotting the woman she had talked with in the ladies room, she raised her drink. They both enjoyed the rest of the evening.

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