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lips, painted with red lipstick. But it was that look of hers—that stare that chained me to her: defiant, yet haunting and venerable as if she had a secret. Then, three months ago, I saw her for the first time, at the window of her apartment, which is directly across from mine. It was a little after six PM, and the white, mini blinds to her apartment were raised, and she was just standing there, in front of the window. Every night, at six, she did this—just stood there, looking out, until the sun went down. I began staring at her every night through my binoculars. I know that she knew that I was doing this, --she was always looking straight at me—but she never seemed to mind she always kept appearing every evening at the window. I’m not a pervert. I’m just lonely. See, seven years ago, I was diagnosed with having MS. I’m crippled now, bound to a wheelchair. I was in a nursing home for the past six years, but last year, in 2018, I got fed-up living there and got this one-bedroom, Hud, apartment. The apartment complex isn’t too bad, but the neighborhood is pretty rundown—old, deteriorating and high crime. The apartment complex is in the shape of a half of an H. It’s composed of three connecting buildings. Building A in the middle, and building C is to the south, and building B is to the north. The parking lot is between building C and B and extends to the street; separating B and C by sixty or eighty feet. All of the buildings of the complex have three floors, and I live on the third floor, in apartment B-313. She lived directly across from me. What I had always found so odd about it all was that she always kept the blinds raised; even though it was summer, the air- conditioner, which is below the window, was never on: the two side