I heard my mobile ping. It was 4 am.. My husband had not yet recovered fully from a viral fever that lasted a week. He was asleep. Half asleep I looked at my phone.
“Don’t make noise. I am in the ground floor and have entered your house" read the text.
I saw the number. It was my hubby's mobile.
"How did you get my hubby's mobile? He is sleeping by my side" I texted nervously.
"Did you not see that I am in your house? I borrowed his phone for a short while. Don’t wake him up. He seems unwell and I am fully armed.” said the reply I was numb with fear at the thought he had been to our bed room.. Another message came
"I warn you not to call police. I can harm you people and get away if I hear a police vehicle."
I saw my hubby snoring blissfully. I knew I should handle this manic carefully. I did not mind losing some money if he is after money.i was worried about another thing. I have been reading almost daily cases of assault on women. I did not know the intruder's age or his intentions. I started perspiring and did not wish to make the slightest noise lest my hubby awoke. He is an impulsive guy and given to rushing without a plan.
"What do you want?" I texted
"Nothing much. Please come down .I will tell you"
Oh my god, what a cheek. Surely a maniac on prowl is here. I took a base ball bat and slowly opened the adjacent room where my nine year old son was sleeping. He was asleep with his head covered by bed sheet as he does always. As I shut the door gently another text followed.
"Do not delay. Come down quick"
I replied "Unless you tell me what you need specifically, I cannot come"
"Don't be afraid. There is nothing to fear”
"I told you very clearly to tell me what you need.. If you don't tell within two minutes, I will ring up police come what may. "
One minute passed. The second minute was coming to an end. The text came promptly.
"I am hungry. I want Italian style Macaroni with cheese"
I rushed to my little son's bedroom and pulled the bed sheet to see him holding hubby's mobile and looking for a message from me He is a mischievous boy given to pranks but it was the Macaroni and cheese that gave him away as he wanted it in the evening.