A hand touched my shoulder startling me so badly I almost fell off my chair. “Hey sugar, I didn’t mean to scare you.” the hand didn’t move though, it remained on my shoulder, inching its way down to places I didn’t want it to go.
Relax Sheila, you can do this, come on its going to take more than an attempted grope to scare you.
I slid off my chair, causing the hand to slide away. Turning around I came face to face with the bully we’d seen in the Stage Coach. His hand rested on the bar, it was tattooed to look like a skull. His face was a mixture of confidence and lust. I could tell them man was used to getting his own way.
“Are you here for an interview?” he asked, “if you are, let’s go out back, I like what I see, but a little time alone with you would help me make up my mind.”
I could feel Jack’s eyes on me. Stay Cool Jack, don’t blow it!
Smiling I said, “thanks for the offer man, it’s tempting, but I’m with someone.”
Larry left the table and came to my aid. He pulled me close and whispered in my ear erotically. “Keeping you safe, play along.”
I turned around to face him and kissed him full on the lips. He tasted of whiskey and tobacco. It was like kissing my dad.
“Come on, forget the hooker and let’s get on with the game.”
Larry laughed, “leave her alone man, she’s mine for the night, I want my money’s worth. Even bought me some little blue pills to make the night last longer.”
He returned to the table.
I tried not to show my disgust, the thought of being bought by Larry or anyone else made me feel sick.
“My name’s Tom, the tattooed bully said huskily.” He put his arm around me, resting his meaty hand on my lower back, pulling me towards him. I tried to resist, but he was too strong. “When you’re done with this old man some see me. I could use a girl like you.” I guessed he was two hundred and fifty pounds of pure muscle, not someone to upset.
“I’ll remember that big guy.” I said as I looked into his eyes.
He held me for a long time, too long, but I daren’t pull away. Finally he but his mouth to my ear and said, “You have a little more class than my usual girls, I could even keep you for myself.” He inhaled, “Mmm you smell good too!”
With that he went over to the far door and said something to the guy who guarded it. They both looked at me.
Janie (Rosie) sat on her stool. Although her head hung down so far I couldn’t see her face, I knew she was crying, I saw the tear drops falling onto her lap.
Petal handed me a drink. “Cheers honey, it looks like you’ll be one of us soon!”
I took the drink and downed it in one gulp.
No fucking way! I’d rather die. Gran, I hope you’re out there. I’m going to need you!