By Maytal Yarkoni.
The knock on the door was persistent and sure of itself, that’s why Nina didn’t think twice before opening. A middle aged man stood before her, carrying a hoover in one hand and a briefcase in the other. She was about to say thanks, I’m not interested and shut the door in the salesman’s face but the hoover man just pushed past her and walked straight in. I like what you’ve done here, he said and pointed at the red sofa she bought just last month. She didn’t like the way he just invited himself in and she gestured toward the door in disbelief. I’d appreciate it if you would leave, I don’t need a hoover and actually I have to go, Nina found herself saying. The salesman smiled and told her she was feisty, as if she were a little girl who needed to be calmed down and brought to her senses. He walked into the kitchen and poured himself a glass of lemonade from a bottle on the counter. He really was extremely rude, Nina thought, and she picked the phone up, in hope that the man would understand that she means business and can call the police if she wants to but the hoover man just kept on smiling and ignored the threat. Of course she didn’t want to involve the police and defeatedly she put down the phone, more irritated than frightened. Ok, she sat down on the sofa, do your pitch. Let’s hear what you have to say. I’m listening. The salesman looked almost insulted by her proposal and said, Nah, I would really rather sit down with you and relax. He sat down next to Nina on the sofa and they stared blankly at the TV screen for a while. Sometime later he got up, walked into the bedroom and slipped into Nina’s bed between the sheets. Are you coming? He called to her. Nina followed, too dazed to do anything else, and joined him under the covers. He folded her in his arms and she realised it would be easier to just stop fighting it and she put her head on his shoulder and fell asleep.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maytal Yarkoni has recently graduated from the University of the Creative Arts in Maidstone, England. She is looking forward to finding an interesting way of combining her love of writing with her passion for illustrating. In the meantime she isn’t doing enough of either and spends her time applying for meaningless jobs and feeling guilty.
First published in 3:AM Magazine: Thursday, October 25th, 2012.