Hanging up the phone, the woman grabbed her keys and headed back down the stairs and through the doors.
The voicemail was urgent and said to come quick. They had been there again and this time she was left without power and freezing cold.
Assuming the heat had been accidentally shut off or a bill was unpaid, the woman left to investigate. Twenty minutes later, she arrived and let herself in through a side door.
“Marg, it’s me,” she said and stomped the snow from her boots onto the rug.
“Oh honey, I’m so glad you’re here. They’ve been here again, the little green men,” the woman said gravely.
Feeling her way along the wall towards the sound of the voice, an old woman in dark glasses slowly padded forward in a pair of dirty slippers and wrapped in a threadbare bathrobe.
“Marg,” the woman asked, taking off her gloves, “how do you know they’re green? And how do you know they’ve been here?”
Scanning the apartment, the woman flipped a light switch, flooding the room with light. No men, and certainly no green men, were present.
“I just know it, that’s how. They hide behind the stove and the fridge so I can’t get them. See, they know I’m blind.”
“Marg, you said they took the electricity, what happened?”
“They took it, just like they always do. They’ve been stealing it from me, little bits at a time. Those little green men are mean men. They are bad and mean men,” the old woman declared.
“How did you get the heat back on if they took the electricity?” the visitor asked, her face twisted with concern.
Calmly, the old woman explained, “It wasn’t me. They knew that you would come and turned it back on.”
“Do you see how they torment me? Come on, let’s sit down and I’ll tell you all about them,” the old woman suggested and patted the back of a lumpy looking brown couch.
“Marg, did you take your medication today?” her visitor inquired.
“What medication? I don’t have a health problem; I have a little green man problem.”
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