For a brief moment, she stared into his eyes, a piercing Robin’s egg blue even in the dim streetlight. She wondered how it was she found herself holding a switchblade against this man’s jugular vein. Jillian knew there was no time to hesitate and so she made one quick, deep cut.
She wasn’t a violent person but she did what she had to do under pressure. After all if one of them was going to die, today was not her day. She still couldn’t believe she had been so careless as to let this man come so close to doing her harm. Yes, he had appeared gaunt and homeless, but she knew better than to discount anyone. She had stopped to give him a couple dollars and then walked on without giving any thought to him behind her. Never gave any thought that he might want rob her or that he might be compelled by lower, baser needs. His looks had thrown her off but he had proven much more spry and strong than she could have imagined. Before she knew what was happening he had grabbed her from behind, his arms surrounding her. She had instinctively stomped on his foot and jerked her head back to bash him in the nose. That had allowed her to get free for a moment but before she could run away he was back on her overpowering her. He was hitting her and ripping at her clothes, making his intentions all too clear. He hadn’t given up… and Jillian knew now that he was bigger and stronger than her. As she felt him against her flesh she knew that a weapon was her only chance and so she had pulled the knife from her pocket. Her friend’s voice echoed in her head “Don’t brandish your knife; only pull it if you intend to use it.”
Now that he was no longer a threat she pulled her tattered clothes around herself and her phone from her pocket and called 911.