Mesa Valley Chronicles: Jim Benedict is about a single father living in a town called Mesa Valley, created by RFLong7. His character inspired this story. He meets a mysterious woman on the run!
Jim ran through the park for his daily morning jog. He saw her curled up on the park bench, sound asleep once again. He’d seen her there every morning for the past week.
Usually, Jim minded his own business, but something about her drew him to her. She was very lovely, and she looked extremely vulnerable. Even in a small town like Mesa Valley there was a fair amount of criminal activity, and it wasn’t safe for a young woman to sleep in the park alone.
On the spur of the moment, Jim decided to approach her. He didn’t want to frighten her, so he loudly cleared his throat.
“Ah, Hmm, excuse me miss.”, he said. She came slowly awake. When she became aware of him standing there, she sat bolt upright on the bench.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t intend to startle you.”, he quickly apologized. “It’s just that I’ve seen you sleeping here in the park all week, and since you’re new in town, I wanted to tell you that it’s not safe to sleep here.”, he told her.
Cillay gazed up at him and sighed. She was so tired, physically and mentally. The bus ticket to Mesa Valley had taken the rest of her cash. She dare not use her credit card because that would lead Tony directly to her. She prayed that this time, he wouldn’t find her.
She had been trying to find a job all week. She knew that it would be impossible to find a well-paying job without a college degree, but she had been unable to find a job even at the grocery store.
She had slept here each night, keeping her overnight bag in a locker at the bus station. She had brought very little clothing with her. Each morning she went to the local gym to shower and change. She picked fruit from the town garden to eat and returned here to the park each night to sleep.
She didn’t know what to say to the young man standing before her.
“Thank you for telling me.”, she finally said, looking embarrassed. Jim saw her embarrassment and tried to think quickly.
“Look, I know you don’t know me. My name is Jim Benedict, and I’m a member of the city council. If you ask anyone in town, they will vouch for me.”
I’ve got a big house over on Arroyo Circle. It’s just my baby son and me, and you’re welcome to stay in one of the extra bedrooms as long as you need it.”, he offered.
Cillay thought about his offer for a few moments.
“That’s very generous of you Mr. Benedict, but I’m sorry to say that I have no money to pay you. I’m trying to find a job. So far I’ve had no success.”, she told him, flushing with embarrassment.
“I’m Cillay. Cillay Rockwell.”, she told him.
“A beautiful name for a beautiful girl,” Jim thought to himself.
“You don’t have to pay me anything. The room is just sitting there empty. If it makes you feel better, you could help me out with the cooking and cleaning in exchange for room and board.”
“Good. It’s decided, you’re coming home with me.,” he said, taking her hand and helping her rise from the bench. Jim suddenly remembered that he hadn’t driven his car to the park. He had jogged there. He pulled out his cell phone and called a taxi.
“Do you have any luggage?,” he asked her looking around the bench.
“Just my overnight bag. It’s in a locker at the bus station.”, she told him.
Jim looked at his watch. If they hurried, he’d have time to get Cillay settled, and he’d still be on time for work.
When they arrived back at his home, Jim gave Cillay a quick tour of the house.
“Make yourself at home.,” he told her and excused himself to shower and change for work.
It only took Cillay a few moments to unpack. Then she returned downstairs to wait for Jim.
After Jim finished dressing, he took Cillay into the nursery to meet little Richard and his babysitter. Cillay asked if she could hold him, and Jim handed Richard to her. Richard took to her right away, smiling and laughing. Cillay loved little Richard right away. “Oh, you are so adorable.,” she cooed to him.
Jim watched them. He was very relieved and pleased that they liked each other.
“Well, I’ve got to get to work. If you need me for anything, Cillay, here is my cell number and work number.”, he said, handing her his business card.
“Thank you Mr. Benedict.,” Cillay said taking the card.
“Please call me, Jim.”, he told her. “I’ll see you later.,” he said and left for work.
Cillay returned to her room, and made sure that her other outfit was ready to wear. Then she decided to indulge herself and take a nice hot bath before she dressed to go job hunting.
As she soaked in the tub, she thought about Jim. She knew that she would have to give him an explanation as to why she was in this situation. She instinctively felt that she could trust him. She would have to trust him, but she wasn’t sure if it was right to involve him in her messy life.
She got out of the tub and dressed for her job hunt. Everywhere she went, she got the same response. “I’m sorry Miss Rockwood, but we need someone with experience.”, and since Cillay had never had a job, she had no work experience.
Who is Tony? Why is Cillay afraid of him? Will he find her?
Cillay is Tinkara Niezicki created by sablov33.