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By Tessa Dean March 2021
**********Cassie’s Point Of View**********
“Alright Cassie, your mother mentioned that there is a man, not a boy, but an older man in your life at the moment. Your behavior started changing when this man broke a date with you and refuses to talk to you. Now I know this probably doesn’t make sense to you, but there is probably a very good reason why he is not returning your phone calls or rescheduling this date you had set up. Your mother says that you broke it off officially with Peter Smith since this guy said he would not date you if you had a boyfriend.”
“I don’t want to talk about Wayne…”
“Don’t interrupt me now Cassie, I am trying to understand this situation. You can have your say in a minute. So we have an older man, of undetermined age who made a pass at you. He offered you a date and said you would have to break it off with Peter first. So you did and I imagine that didn’t go well.”
“I won’t lie, Peter’s a jerk and he was enraged and going to hit me, for the second time I might add. I don’t want someone like that for a boyfriend, plus he doesn’t see a need to have a job and I am tired of it. Wayne was right about that. I have goals and they don’t include a non-working, little boy who goes into rages, for a boyfriend.”
“Ok Cassie, we are getting somewhere. Now tell me about Wayne from the beginning and all of it please. This needs to be settled. Your mother says she has never seen you like this and apparently everyone you know feels the same way. So tell me about Wayne and why this man is so important to you.”
“I met Wayne at the restaurant I work at, you know, the Italian one in town. I was having a hard time with a nasty customer and he spoke to me about the situation. He told me he thought the guy was a jerk and we started to talk. He asked if I had a boyfriend and I said maybe, maybe not. Peter and I were having problems and I told Peter to leave me alone unless he got a job and that is the first time he almost hit me. He goes into these trances and becomes enraged and shouting at him brought him out of it and he seemed shocked to find his balled fist aimed at me face. Anyhow he did the same thing when I broke up with him because Wayne said he wouldn’t date me if I had a boyfriend and I didn’t exactly have a boyfriend since we weren’t seeing each other since he refused to get a job. I don’t know how old Wayne is. Rhonda Jo told me that she thought it was very weird and she took the business card he had given me with his number on it and it was perforated she said so it was a homemade card and no address was on it. Just a name and number. She said she was worried about me and the fact that he wasn’t returning my calls had started to upset me. He finally answered and said he had been sick and he had to cancel our date so I wouldn’t get sick. I know I can be gullible at times. I ate his attention up.
“Cassie, this all sounds suspicious. Your friend, Rhonda Jo is right.”
“I know she is right and so is everyone else, but I had my heart set on going on a real date with a man. He refused to meet my friends. He said he was only interested in me and not my high school friends. I guess I am upset about this because he isn’t returning my calls, he refuses to meet my friends and they seem to be right in their suspicions. He is up to no good and deceitful, but I liked him. I guess if I was honest I would like any man who was not Peter paying attention to me, but Rhonda Jo is right to be suspicious I suppose. I don’t know what to do. I guess I am not as mature as I wanted to think I was.”
“So you have no idea where this guy lives, or even if Wayne Connors is his real name. Cassie to top it off you have the fact that he is not returning your calls. Doesn’t that tell you he is not interested despite the little game he seemed to be playing that night. You played right into his hands and he is not interested in you personally. Any girl would most likely do. Can you describe him?”
“That is the other issue. I asked him what color his hair is and he says he keeps it shaved so I would never see the color so it didn’t matter and he had the most brilliant blue eyes. I had hoped he had dark hair, but he says it never grows out. The only description I have is well-built so he probably works out, blue eyes and a shaved head. Sounds pretty bad when I say it that way, but I really wanted to go on a real date. He said we could go anywhere I wanted and even to the restaurant I worked at and I thought that would be cool to have my friends waiting on me for once. Boy this really sounds stupid now that I am saying it out loud. I guess the fact he is not returning my calls is pretty much evidence that he really doesn’t want to go out with me. What an idiot I am being!”
“You are not an idiot. You are someone who just wanted to be wanted by someone who seemed to have the same goals and feelings as you. Peter wasn’t there for you and didn’t seem to care so you clung to him. Cassie, there are plenty of boys in your class who are interested in you. I see them following you with their eyes and their tongues practically falling out. Isn’t there someone here you could try dating. He would be your age and everyone would know him. I am concerned with your safety as well as your mental state of being and your school work, which is suffering right now.”
“I just thought if he wanted to finally have that date, I would make sure my friends were with me. He doesn’t know them so he wouldn’t know they were around watching out for me.”
“Are you sure he doesn’t know who they are. How do you know he hasn’t been following you around. He could put on a wig and use contact lenses to change his eye color. He could have followed you one night to see your friends. You need to think about this. You think he doesn’t know them, but what if he does? How can you be sure? Has he been back to the restaurant since that night?”
“Oh geesh, I don’t know. I would say no, but now that you brought up the disguise, how would I know for sure. He could even change his voice, couldn’t he? We were going to have dinner and catch a movie. All fairly harmless I would think. Lots of people around.”
“Cassie I am worried about you. Despite everything we talked about I am afraid that you will be trying to date him still. I wish you wouldn’t. I wish you would listen to the people who love you and for the love of God, not do this even if he finally says the date is on.”
“I won’t promise you or anyone else that.” And with that she got up and walked out of his office. Mr. Farrell stared after her thoughtfully, but didn’t continue the conversation.
**********Wayne’s Point of View**********
Wayne thrived on deceit and lies and he prayed on the gullible. He could usually tell after talking to someone for a bit whether they would fall for his lies. He usually takes them out for one date and that is the end, but he realized that Cassie was different and he was right. She might be gullible, but she was determined to go out on a date with him and called him constantly. The fact that he didn’t answer the phone didn’t deter her. She was way too determined for him. He didn’t want to do it, but he was going to have to do something about her. She wasn’t going to give up obviously.
He knew her four close friends. He had put on a wig numerous times and changed his eye color and gone out. She had no idea who he was. If he agreed to a date and to meet her at the restaurant, the friends would be able to follow him home so he had to find a better way to do this, because this woman had him under her spell and he was going to do something stupid and go on a date with her. She intrigued him.
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