Not Alone

I was at a party with friends. I stepped outside to get some air. It was so hot in there. The music was very loud. The Stray Cats. The breeze felt good. I heard the door open and close behind me. The smell of Axe suddenly filled the air. The campus security said I shouldn’t have left the party alone. I left school. Well not initially. I did manage to skate by for the semester. I got in my car and drove to the beach. The breeze felt good. I stayed there for several days. Alone. I drove my daughter to campus. I helped her move in to the dorm. I cried the whole drive home. Please God, don’t let her ever leave a party alone. I was listening to the radio. Women were talking about what happened to them. They called it #MeToo. Some were a long time ago. Like me. I suddenly was not alone.

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