“You know the expression, don’t you?” He asked.
“What expression?” I asked.
“Oh, you know,” Nikolay said. “Blinded by love.”
“Well,” he said. “For me it was like that. She blinded me. She made me go through all those challenges and tests; it wore me out.”
“You are talking about Lauren?” I asked.
“I always like her name. It sounds like ‘laureate’; it sounds smart.”
“Sure.” I said.
“But that’s what she used, you know? She used her smarts against me.”
“In what way?” I asked.
“She kept testing me with her games.” Nikolay said. “She always had some new tricks that she played. That started right when we met at the bar.”
“How did you meet?”
“Oh, she talked to me.” He said. “She dumped some cocktail on me and then she apologized and we made small talk.”
“And you fell in love with her that day?”
“Yes.” Nikolay said. “But first Lauren fell in love with me. I saw it in the moment she threw the cocktail – there was so much passion in her eyes. But she was shy about it; she always tried to hide it. That’s why she left so quickly and took the taxi home rather than let me walk her to her house. That was her first challenge.”
“She left, right after meeting you?”
“Well, we talked for a bit. Must have been at least half an hour. But that girl, her eyes, she was just so greedy – she had to control herself by looking away from me. She barely even spoke before she left and I knew that secretly she was already dreaming about us.”
“How did you know that?”
“Oh, it was obvious,” Nikolay said. “The way she averted my gaze and she barely even answered. She was so aroused that she couldn’t even hold her thoughts together.”
“Are you sure she didn’t just try to avoid you?”
“No.” Nikolay shouted. His fist slammed on the table. “She was into me. Why else would she have said her address so loud to the taxi driver?”
“Why did she?” I asked.
“Because she wanted me to hear it, that’s why!” Nikolay said. “She wanted me to come but she didn’t want anyone else to see it; you know how women are, with their reputation and everything.”
“So you think she took the taxi because she wanted you to follow her?”
“Yes.” Nikolay said. “Isn’t that obvious? And that’s why she wasn’t surprised when I showed up at her front door. I rang the doorbell and she didn’t answer the door. But I saw her glancing through the curtain and I’m sure she was smiling. Oh, she was definitely smiling; her smile was intoxicating; that’s the moment I fell in love with her – when I saw her standing behind that curtain in her white nightie.”
“So she didn’t answer the door?”
“No.” Nikolay said. “She wanted to get in my head; she wanted to make me crazy for her – that’s why she did all of it, you know?”
“What did you do?”
“I rang the doorbell a second time, but Lauren was too shy. So I just waited; I waited all night for her and dreamt of pulling the tank top of her body and kissing the smooth skin on her neck. Despite the cold I felt happy; just by thinking of her.”
“So you were in love with her?”
“Of course I was. That was her plan, don’t you get it?”
“Okay, maybe.” I said.
“You sound just like the officer.” Nikolay said. “But it’s true. That was her plan. She knew I would wait. That’s why in the morning she walked into the kitchen with just her bra. And she pretended not to see me, but when she drank the tea I saw her blushing; I saw how aroused she was.”
“What did you do?”
“I just enjoyed the scene. That’s what she wanted me to do anyway. And then when she came out of the house I tried to talk to her again.”
“And she talked to you?”
“She just walked past me.” Nikolay said. “She wanted me to see those tight pants; ah, they just drove me nuts.”
Nikolay had a wide smile on his face.
“She wore them quite often, you know? During those two months she wore them for 22 days. And I’m sure she knew why; she knew what effect she had on me.”
“You stayed outside her house for two months?”
“Well, not the whole time.” Nikolay said. “I also went to some of her classes – history bores me but I knew I had to sit through it for her. And with her it wasn’t boring. Those were the most exciting lectures of my life, while someone talked about Roman history – and she sat in the fourth row, always the fourth row, with her head lowered and her hands making smooth round squiggles on the paper.”
“So you followed her all day?”
“No, of course not. I mean, I had to eat, but sleeping I did mostly outside her house. And then I showered and shaved every two days; I shaved just for her because she told me in the bar that she didn’t like my beard.”
“And while you were outside her window – did Lauren talk to you? Did she maybe ask you to go away?”
“No.” Nikolay said. “A few times she asked me whether I didn’t need to go home and shower or work, but she never told me to go. She just looked at me with these serious eyes and ordered me to go home – and of course I obeyed. It made me happy to know that she liked what she saw.”
“And she never asked you inside or so?”
“Well, she asked on the last day.” Nikolay said.
“We’ll get to that in a moment.” I said. “But you are telling me that you stayed outside her house for two months and she didn’t speak to you?”
“That’s the way she was, you know? That was her game, her plan, her strategy; she wanted to make me wild and passionate. And of course she succeeded. A girl like her always succeeds at making drooling idiots out of men like me.”
“But she didn’t give you any signs that she was actually interested in you?”
“Of course she did.” He said. “All those peepshows she gave me through the transparent curtain, and all those times she walked seductively past or in front of me, or when she commented on my appearance, or when she winked while she walked past me, and of course with the love notes she left me.”
“She left you love notes?”
“Yes.” Nikolay said. “I would show them to you, but the police took my coat. Every time in class she made those little notes, twice she even filled a whole page –hearts and of course large ‘N’s everywhere on the page.”
“’N’ for Nikolay.” He said.
“She left you pages with ‘N’s and hearts in class?”
“Yes.” Nikolay said. “Lauren left them on the table for me. There were other squiggles on there, you know, because she wanted to be tricky about it. But she always left the crumpled papers under her desk for me to find.”
“And you think she did all that to make you want her more?” I asked.
“Exactly.” Nikolay said. “For the same reason Lauren sometimes sent her roommate out. Her roommate was the one that asked me to leave; she said that seeing me made Lauren uncomfortable.”
“And you stayed?”
“Of course I did.” Nikolay said. “I knew that I was arousing her. It was so nice of her to send her roommate out to tell me about it. And of course then she asked her roommate to invite me in.”
“Lauren’s roommate invited you inside the house?”
“Yes.” Nikolay smiled. “She left the door ajar for me. So of course I went in – and Lauren was pretending to be asleep.”
“You went to her room.”
“Of course,” he said. “That’s why she invited me in. She wanted me to crawl under the blanket with her. And of course I did.”
“You went into her bed?”
“Sure.” Nikolay said. “I had waited long enough and she made me crazy for it. It was nice to finally feel her body next to mine. Lauren didn’t even say anything when I rolled on top of her; she just stared at me with those beautiful eyes of hers. And then she began to passionately hit and scratch me. She got really red from her arousal and even screamed from the pleasure. I held her mouth so that we wouldn’t disturb anyone – and then that roommate of hers barged into the room with the knife.”
“Her roommate came with a weapon?”
“Sure.” Nikolay said. “I knew that they just wanted to force me to stay. But luckily the roommate fell and so their nice little plan failed. The roommate even hit her head pretty nice and the moment I had the knife they stopped fighting. They knew I’d won. And so, of course, I paid them back.”
“Can you be more precise?”
“Well, the roommate was a bit too loud so I had to, well, silence her.”
“In what way?” I asked.
“First I cut her tongue.” Nikolay said. “But she was still loud, so I had to, well, silence her for good.”
“You killed her?” I asked.
“No, I didn’t mean to.” Nikolay said. “I just gagged her. The thing with the blood in her lungs that wasn’t on purpose; I guess tongues just bleed a lot and the gag kept it in.”
“Well,” he said. “She took two months of my life so I wanted to take two of hers.”
“You kept her locked in for two months?”
“Only for two weeks. She got too annoying after that, the way she constantly cried.”
“And so you murdered her?”
“Well.” Nikolay smiled. “I’m sure you know the expression ‘An eye for an eye’?”
“Yes?” He asked.
“Yes.” I said.
“Good, so you understand what justice is.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“I thought she would be able to handle it, to find a doctor to fix it. I thought I was actually being nice – I took only two weeks rather than two months, and I only hurt her body. She hurt my heart, you know? You can’t heal a broken heart; it will always hurt.”
“What did you do to her?” I asked.
“Just justice.” Nikolay said. “She blinded me with love; well, so I did the same thing to her body that she did to my heart.”
This is my story, originally I published it on Reddit.