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Story Title: A Life Examined
Not five minutes after she had entered her apartment, her cat twining around her feet as she sank into the worn couch cushions, had she heard heavy footsteps in the hallway.
Muttering about the thin walls, she flipped on the television. Noise to keep her company along with the cat.
The footsteps came to a stop, and someone knocked on Maggie's apartment door.
"Who on earth," she breathed, almost tripping over the cat in her curiosity.
Quietly as she could, she stood on her toes to look out the peephole.
On her doorstep stood a strange man, looking very impatient, and very tired.
In fact, Maggie wasn't certain he didn't look injured.
“Can I come in?” he asked in a gruff but polite tone.
Maggie didn’t reply but took a cautious step back into her apartment as the strange man entered the sanctity of her lonely little island.
It occurred to Maggie that her mother once told her, on one of those rare occasions she saw her mother, when the nurse was sick, not to talk to strangers and not to answer the door for them. She felt almost a thrill at having broken this rule, but also felt very stupid. Was she not putting herself in danger by admitting a strange man into her home?
"Is there someone I can...call for you?"