Sarah’s parents had gone on a cruise for the summer leaving her at home, which suited her fine. She was free to go out and party with her friends whenever she wanted to now. That was certainly better than going on some lame cruise.
Sarah loved the summer holidays. For the moment she was attending college and this was her sophomore year. As her parents were loaded, she didn’t have to worry about getting a job to help pay tuition costs. Having to work over a summer like this would have totally sucked anyway. She enjoyed being a free spirit and having people lick alcohol off her in bars in the early morning hours. That said, the money her parents had left her was starting to get dangerously low and wasn’t even yet midsummer…
Amy had the brilliant idea that Sarah should rent out the guest room for the rest of the summer. If she had a roommate paying rent, then she could still afford to go out and party whenever she wanted to.
She had only put a few ads out when early one evening there was a knock on the door. She opened it to find a young woman with long blonde hair and very pale skin standing there. The woman wore a leather jacket and tight jeans, and also carried a large bag.
“Apparently you’re looking for a roommate and I need somewhere to stay for a few weeks.” the woman said.
“That’s just great! Come in!” Sarah said over-enthusiastically. The woman briefly looked surprised and then walked over the threshold. “Follow me, I’ll show you the room.” The woman followed her up the stairs and into the guest room.
“This is great.” the woman said .
“It’s not much I’m afraid.”
“That’s okay. I don’t have many things.” the woman said as she placed the bag on top of the bed.
“My name is Sarah, by the way.” She said holding her hand out.
“I’m Freya.” the woman replied. They briefly shook hands. Freya’s hand was very cold.
“That’s an unusual name.” Sarah commented. Freya just shook her shoulders.
“I’ll take the room.” Freya announced. She pulled out a large wad of money which made Sarah gasp and counted out a number of bills and then stashed them in Sarah’s hand. “I’m not sure how much the rent is, but I’m hoping this will cover the first few weeks.”
“Yes that’s fine.” Sarah said as she looked at the hundred dollar bills in her hand. “I can make space for your food in the fridge if you want.”
“That’s okay. I don’t really eat that much. I tend to stay up all night and sleep all day. So all I ask is don’t disturb me during the daytime.” Freya told her. Sarah nodded.
“Same! I’m usually out all night with friends and sleep the day away too. Hey, if you ever want to join my friends and me for drinks one night, feel free.”
“I’ll think about it.” Freya replied, as though she was carefully considering it.
“Is there anything you need?” Sarah asked her. Freya looked around the room.
“No I’m fine.” Freya answered. “I’m going out now, so I guess I’ll see you tomorrow.”
“Okay see you roomie!” Sarah exclaimed with a little too much excitement. Freya briefly smiled and then left the house.
Sarah looked at the fistful of hundred dollar bills. It was definitely party night! She immediately called up her friends and within a short time she had gone as well.
It was late in the afternoon when Sarah awoke the next day. She stumbled to the kitchen and opened the fridge. There was a large plastic bottle sitting there.
“Oh that’s right, I’ve got a roommate now.” she said to herself. Looking inside the bottle she saw it was full of some red liquid. It must be some berry flavoured protein shake thing, she thought, no wonder Freya keeps so thin. Wondering what it tasted like, she took a sip, and then almost immediately spat it out. That was no berry drink! What the hell was that crazy bitch drinking? She turned to see Freya standing in the doorway.
“Sorry…” Sarah said still holding the plastic bottle in her hands. Freya looked at her darkly.
to be continued…
Sorry it’s taken so long to getting round to writing this. The other parts will probably be coming out sporadically.
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