12/22/09 01:20 pm - No snarky title today
Before the second scream was even around I was on my feet. I checked the window to see if I could see anything. I couldn’t. I started for the door when the other screams started. By the time they ended, Crystal was out of the bathroom. “Did you hear that?” I asked.
“Yeah,” she replied.
I said, “I’ll be right back,” and ran out of the apartment. I think I almost trampled her mom. I was taking the stairs three or four at a time sprinting down towards the first floor. At the same time I was calling 9-1-1. I don’t know the address of the Apartment so I gave them the nearest intersection. The police were dispatched and arrived eventually. (Truth be told they weren’t all that long in getting there, time just takes longer when you’re waiting.)
While waiting for them to arrive I paced up Montgomery on one side of the street and then down the other. I kept my eyes and ears open. I didn’t hear or see anything. By the time I finished this first sweep Crystal had come downstairs. I asked her to get my coat (this was the first I’d noticed the cold) as much to get her back inside as to get me warm. I paced a second time. It’s hard to remain calm in that kind of situation, but running and stomping wouldn’t have helped me find someone in the dark.
When she returned with my coat I asked Crystal to wait inside. She didn’t. I knew she wanted to help, but I really couldn’t let something happen to her. (I know how reasonable it is to run around unarmed looking for a situation that caused that kind of scream and worry about her safety and not my own. I’m in love and don’t need to be reasonable.)
When the officer arrived I was oddly relieved to see it was a woman. Can’t explain it, I just expected her to take it a bit more seriously. I expected her to be a bit less likely to shrug and say it was my imagination. It turns out I was right. She and two other officers apparently searched for a long while. They found nothing in the area around the apartment building.
As I was leaving later in the evening, I saw an officer still investigating a block away, searching in some bushes. At least I know they were thorough.
I called this morning to confirm that no one was found.
I’m a mix between relieved and anxious. I hope that Crystal and I were hearing things… I hope that if we weren’t that it was just a girl who had snow shoved down her shirt and was overreacting. I’m not sure how to feel right now. I heard what I heard and I have trouble not thinking the worst.