20% Discount – 365 Flash Fiction #4

“So you like organic food…..”
“What…. Sorry….. Who is this….?” She was taken aback when the caller did not even say a hello and straight got into this weird question…
“You bought a lot of organic stuff…. Today….” He continued without bothering to introduce

“Who is this… how did you get my number….” She asked again
“That is not the point…. You like organic food….. and I have an organic farm….. I can give you discounts….”
“I am keeping the phone down…. You have the wrong number I guess….” She was about to disconnect when he spoke again
“Your dress is pretty…. I like when women wear tops with blue flowers…..”
She looked at the mirror…. yes he is right She is wearing a top with blue flowers….

She looked around and out of the window of her apartment….. she checked if it was locked….. She was getting scared but did not want to show her panic… She remembered thet there was no caller ID on the phone…. She knew that she should make her mind to play the game tills he find his identity or find a way out…
She started speaking without letting her fear voice up in her speech… “Yes I like organic and no I don’t like blue flowers… I like red flowers”

The guy on the call let out a weird laugh…. “I thought so… because people who love organic food don’t love blue flowers….”
“Why so…?” there was a sense of amusement in her hidden fear… the guy was even more weird than she thought he was… “people who love organic food don’t like blur flowers…?…. what the heck does that mean……?”

“Nothing…. no reason…. That’s an observation…. ” He paused… “You know I own an organic farm… I get to look many of my buyers up close…. and as I said I can get you cheaper grocery…..”
“Grocery…. Grocery….. Yes that is what it is” She thought “Grocery….. Must be someone from the grocery store….. is someone following me” She took small steps and walked into the kitchen and took a knife…. In case he is inside…. she blamed herself for not owning the gun though many of her friends did….

When she did not speak for a while he spoke “So do you think you want some organic food….. I can deliver it home….. Free of charge….”
“No…. No I don’t want organic…” She replied in haste… then she paused worried that she would reveal her panic…
“Do you work in the grocery store…..?” She then asked slowly…. “Were you following me…..”

“No Mam no…. this is just a sales call….” He seemed apologetic…. and seemed like he did not expect her to mention the grocery store…. So he must be form the Grocery store….
“Where did you get my number…. And this is scary” She told that without thinking and felt that she should not have… but she has already conveyed that she was scared now… the only thing she can do is wait for his response….
But he did not respond……

“Hello….. Hello….. “She asked again… seemed like he had hung up the phone….
She disconnected the phone and dialed 911 but then decided not to call…. She walked up and poured a bourbon and started thinking about everything that happened in the store…. People around her… especially any face she could remember near the organic stall…
Nothing that could catch her mind…… she walked towards the kitchen again and started unpacking the grocery when a receipt caught her eyes… the grocery receipt…

“20% discount” the receipt declares that she had received a 20% discount…things slowly started being clearer to her…. She had forgotten to take her loyalty card and the checker had asked her for her number…. She had given it out…. Probably a bit louder than usual…. It could have been anyone near by….

She scanned her mind to that point in time when she was giving out her number… she could not recollect any faces… then slowly her memory starting playing the game with her… she could see everyone was wearing tops or shirts with printed blue flowers…. unknown faces with blue flower tops and shirts… all are probably holding organic food ready to pay the checker waiting for their turn…

She cut an organic apple she bought and ate it…. She enjoyed the sweetness and she really loved organic food… she looked in the mirror at the blue flowers… she never liked the dress… but as he said, she also thought she looked pretty in that… she turned around and admired her in the mirror then took the bill and kept staring at it…. “20% Discount…….20% Discount…”

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