I had been transferred to this city temporarily. The word ‘temporarily’ is key. I knew how long I would be here, when I would leave.
The company paid my rent and utilities up to a certain point. If I went over the limit, I paid the difference.
When I arrived, the H.R. manager suggested a number of flats, and as this one was the closest, in easy walking distance to the office, I took it.
At first it was ‘paradise’.
I had my own room and bath and ‘shared’ space with whomever took the other room. The shared space was a kitchen and living area which was virtually unfurnished.
When I first arrived there was a young couple in the other room who departed soon after. Although alone, I was remarkably comfortable.
I woke, did exercises in the empty living room, showered, went to work, came home, cooked in the kitchen, and then, went to bed. I wasn’t lonely or afraid. It was fine. For one month.Then Jade arrived.