Katie wiped her tears when she noticed a lady watching her. Her eyes were sympathetic; there was a stern expression upon her face, but when she saw Katie peering back, it eased. She reached in her bag and pulled out some apples and smiled as she handed them to Katie, "I was there too. You did well, by leaving him. It has been almost a decade for me, but some days it feels like yesterday. Do you know where you are going yet?"
She nodded, feeling very nervous. "I'm going home."
The woman pulled out her cell phone, "Have you called? Do they know you're coming?" She handed the phone to her, "Go ahead, I bet they'll want to know you are safe."
Katie's eyes filled with tears as she gave the lady a smile. She rooted through her bag for Charlies' number and then typed it into the keypad. With the receiver to her ear, she waited for her to pick up. Her breathing quickened when she heard Charlie say hello.
Katie took a deep breath, "Charlie, it's me."
Charlie spoke in a panicky tone, "Oh my God, Katie! Where are you?"
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