It's been a while since I have posted anything new to Odie Stories. Life has been busy, So I thought in this post we would break down a first draft of one of Odie Stories newest stories called scammer. I should post out before this post goes live, that the first draft is vary rough and has tones of spelling and grammar mistakes in it. I use to give readers a look at my rough drafts of my short stories, I moved away from doing that for a while now and thought I would bring it back for this post. So with out any more delay here is the raw draft of scammer.
It started out like any other day. I woke up and had a shower, I went down stairs to make breakfast. My boyfriend Cody had created me a Facebook page. While Cody was at work I spent a couple of minutes to explore around the website. From the things I read on Cody's Facebook page, I got the feeling that Cody might have lost all his sexual attraction to me. This wasn't anything new to me. The last time Cody and I had fooled around together was 6 years ago. That was the last time Cody and I had made love.
Cody had all these guys on his friends list. Some had even made comments about Cody being single. Normally that wouldn't have brother me. But this time it bugged the shit out of me after reading one of the comments left on one post by a guy named Nick.
Nick had left Cody a comment saying how it would cool if they could maybe meet one day after he had gotten out of the Military. I don't know what it was about this post. But I had to find out who this Nick guy was and where he was based out of. I had my doubts about Nick, from the few comments that he had written on Cody's post.
My cell phone started ringing, it was my bank, saying that money had been with drawn from our joint account from an unknown source. I quickly called the bank to find out what what happened. I had also received a notification from the fraud department saying that our cards had been compromised as well.
I never felt so sick in my life. Not like this. At one point I even started to get chest pains. I had not had chest pains in little over a year, since my heart attack which lead to me having to get open heart surgery. I was in such a panic that I didn't even hear the customer support pick up the phone.
“, hello, a voice said.”
“, hi, I just notice that our account has been frozen. I was wandering why, I asked.”
“, alright I can help you with that sir. Just need to ask you a few security questions.”
“, My name is Mitch Parker, I replied.”
“, thank you for that Mitch, the operator said.”
“, Mitch can I get your date of birth please.”
“, sure. My birthday is March 8th 1956, I replied.”
“, thank you. Give me one moment while I look up your account.”
Cody had sent me a text message while I was on the phone, with our bank.
“, hey my card won't work at all, Cody said.”
“, Okay hon, just on the phone with the bank, I wrote back.”
Like always Cody never replied back to me. I was starting to wander why I was even with Cody now. After all I had been with Cody for nearly 19 years. Cody and I had our far share of ups and downs. But I was beginning to question my feeling's for Cody.
“, thank you for waiting Mr. Parker.”
“, no problem, I said.”
“, So your account was flagged for suspicious activity by our fraud department, the guy said.”
“, okay so what does that mean then.”
“, Well what that mean's Mr. Parker is that your account is frozen until our fraud investigation is complete.”
I honestly didn't need this to happen right now, we had rent to pay and our car insurance was due by the 3rd of the month. My chest pains where back again. Too make things even worse then they already where our cable and cell phones where disconnected.
“, So can I use my card to take money out or not, I asked.”
“, sadly Mr. Parker your card will not work at this time, the bank said.”
“, alright, I replied.”
“, is that everything, Mr. Parker, the guy asked.”
“, thanks for your help, I replied.”
After I got off the phone went and laid down for a little while. I was having chest pains again, and they where getting worse by the day. A year ago I went under the knife for open heart surgery. Four of the valves in my heart where blocked and I was close to suffering a massive heart attack.
I had cheated death twice in my life time. Once when I had my car accident. The second time was just two years earlier when I suffered a mild heart attack while I was at work. These health scars really freaked Cody out. Although I knew our good friend down in Canada would take good care of him if anything happen to me. I had spent most of my nights on the phone talking to our good friend about everything that was going on. I took some comfort in chatting with our Canadian friend. I checked our account and noticed that Cody had withdrawn fifty dollars out of the ATM.
“, Bryan should I question Cody about the fifty dollar with draw from the bank, I asked.”
“, I would, Bryan replied.”
Bryan for his part, really didn't talk a lot. In fact Bryan was vary quite at time's. Most of his answers where yea and no and some times he would say more then three words. To get any kind of details out of Bryan, it was like pulling teeth. Some times it was better just not to ask him for any detail's. Cody came home just after 10:15 that night.
“, hey, did you get everything you needed from Walmart.”
Cody never answered me. He just walked right in to the living room and sat down on the couch and watched his game show network.
“, Did Cody say anything to you, Bryan asked.”
“, nope he just flat ignored me, I said.”
For the first time in my life, I actually felt like Cody and I where drifting a part. I don't know why I felt this why. Something deep down told told me that who ever this Nick guy is was only out to take advantage of Cody. I went in to our bedroom to lay down on the bed. Cody had fallen a sleep watching TV, while I was talking to our Canadian friend on the phone. I was starting to wander if there was any real attraction between Cody and I.
“, Bryan do you think Cody is still attracted to me, I asked.”
There was dead silence on the phone for a minute. I thought maybe Bryan's phone had cut out or his evil cat TC had unplugged the phone on him.
“, I don't know anymore what to think, to be honest with you Mitch.”
“, same here Bryan, guess that how it goes.”
I was beyond stressed out now. We had been serviced with eviction notice and our cell phones and cable where 40 days pass due. We had hit rock bottom. Bryan wasn't able to help out due to his own money troubles. It left me with only one option. Go and ask my dear mother for money. She had bailed us out over the years. More so then my brothers combined. My mom always made it a point to tell me that what ever money is left out of my inheritance would be deducted from the money I had borrowed. At one point Cody and I where making it. Now we are barely getting by with both of us working full time job. I was considering finding another job despite what are good friend says about being able to make it on a tight budget. Simply put I was tired of being poor.
I drifted off to sleep shortly after midnight. Cody was out like light on the couch with the TV up full blast. I got up out of bed and walked in to the living room and turned down the TV, I didn't want the bitch next store complaining about the noise coming from our apartment. I woke up after I heard Cody leave for work. I went down to the office and had a talk with the girls in the office, about the notice of eviction. I felt much better about everything. I now had one final road block to get around. My mother. For what ever reasons when asking my mother for money , I have to really build myself up.
“, okay Bryan how does this sound,I asked.”
“, go a head, I'm listen.”
“, Hey mom, our accounts where hacked and the bank has frozen our accounts for a fraud investigation. Our cable and cell phones are cut off, and we received a notice of eviction from the girls in the office. In order for us to stop the eviction from going further we need to pay 1,300 dollars. I was wander if we could maybe borrow a little bit more so we can get some food and other things as well.”
Mom responded almost right away to my email. I was shocked. Mom normally takes a couple of days to respond to my emails.
“, Cody come here for minute, I yelled.”
“, why, Cody replied.”
“, Mom responded to my email.”
“, be right there.”
Cody walked in to my office, wagging his butt like a happy dog.
“, what did she say, Cody asked.”
Moms response was okay, but this will be the last time I can help you out like this. You guys will have to make more of an effort to save money instead of spending it on things you don't really need. Must be nice to be able to eat out all the time. But since your accounts where hacked I'll send you the 1,300 dollars in the morning. My mom wrote. I wrote back to my mom, thanking her and told we would pay her back as soon as possible.
I was able to pay our rent and stop the eviction from taking place. Things where getting worse between Cody and I. Bryan had notice the change in Cody's attitude towards me. I was nearing my breaking my point. I was now thinking about leaving Cody even more then I did before. It was still a vary strong possibility. Cody woke up just after 5 in the morning to work. Once I heard our car pull away. I got up and started packing my bags. There was no way I was staying with someone who wasn't going to treat me with the respect I deserve. That wasn't my only reason for leaving Cody.
Things had gotten worse between Cody and I to the point where one of us had to leave. Our tiny apartment was no longer a safe place for us to live together. I called Uber and left Cody a note on the kitchen table.
Just 13 blocks from our apartment building there was this little run down motel. The rates where half way decent. So I decided to get room there. I would have booked a room at Best Western, but the rates were just to pricey for my wallet.
I laid down on the bed with my arm covering my eyes. This was the first time \i had walked out on someone I truly cared about. In my head I sort of expected Cody to text me when he had gotten home. I was in utter shock when he showed up at my hotel room with the note in his hand. I stood there for a second or too not knowing what to say. Then again there wasn't anything to be said.
“, what the hell is this, asked Cody.”
“, I'm just done with all the bull shit Cody. We haven't made love in 6 years and every time I try to get close to you, you just end up pushing me away.”
“, I have never pushed you away ever, where is this coming from, Cody said,”
“, Mitch please just come home so we can talk about this, please Cody begged.”
“, did you want to come in Cody, I asked.”
Cody came in and sat down on the end of the bed. I could tell he had been crying. I sat down in one of the chairs that where next to the bay window. I let out this big gulp of air and looked at Cody.
“, So whats going to change if I come back home.”
“, everything will change we will make love when ever you want, Cody replied.”
I had heard that vary same promise from Cody once before. I wasn't going to fall for the same trick twice.
“, you've told me that before Cody and never delivered on it. I need more then a empty promise, I said.”
“, I have always kept my promises Mitch you know that, Cody said with tears in his eyes.”
I got up outta of my chair and walked outside to get some fresh air. Cody stayed in the room and he was now laying on the bed crying. My heart was broken, as I stood there watching Cody wiping his tears. I walked back in to the room and sat down next him.
“, Look at me Cody, I said in a soft voice.”
Cody turned and looked at me with tears running down the sides of checks.
“, I think what is best for us right now, is for us to spend some time apart from each other.”
“, So we are breaking up, is that what your saying Mitch.”
“, yes, I replied.”
That was the last time I ever saw Cody.
I went back to our apartment the next morning and there was no trace that Cody had ever lived in the apartment with me. The only thing I found was a apartment key and Cody's laundry card sitting on top of a ripped up picture from our last holiday we took together. I fell to the floor clinching my chest.
A week later I received a call from Detective Bryan saying that he needed me to come to Canada right away.
“, Bryan is everything okay, I asked.”
“, you just need to get down here Mitch, Bryan said.”
I landed in Toronto Bryan and his hot partner Eric where waiting for me at the Gate.
“, Bryan whats going on, I asked again.”
“, This is not the place to have this conversation. Eric said.”
We walked out of the air port and I got in to the back seat. Bryan sat in the passenger seat while Eric waited outside of the car. That's when Bryan told me that Cody had taken his own life, the night before.
“, Mitch I'm sorry for your lose, if there is anything the Toronto police department can do for you, just give us a call alright.”
“, That mother fucker is dead when I get my hands on him Bryan, I promises you that fucker will pay.”