It had taken years to shake it off. Finally, she had arrived, husband and new born in tow. The thing is, instinct that is honed for a life time can never really be forgotten.
She wasn’t scarred to be a mother, she revelled in it. It was their first day out without David. He had already called her three times to make sure that she was ok to go to the paediatrician on her own. She was more than ready. She rambled her checklist back to him with. He promised he wouldn’t call again until she was home.
They made it out of the doctor’s office. This alone made her think she could pull off a run to the shops and surprise David with a special meal. She parked, it was quite empty.
She noticed the car with the two men pull up immediately after her and park beside her, even though there was more than enough other parking spots to choose from. She waited before she got out. They thought that she wasn’t paying attention to them. That she hadn’t see them coming out of the doctor’s office. They thought that she would be an easy target because she had Jaime with her. They thought that the baby bag and the stroller would distract her and leave her unguarded. She waited for them to get out. They didn’t. They were waiting for her to get Jaime out of her car seat on the other side of the car. She climbed out of her side and moved towards Jaime. She opened the door and didn’t unfasten the car seat latches. She only looked at Jaime, smiled and started singing. The signing might make them think that she doesn’t realise what’s happening. The only problem would be the cameras in front of the Shopping Center that were pointed right at her. They would be see her license plate.
Both of them walked right up to her. They had on hoodies and took care to not point their faces at the cameras. They had done this before. That was enough for them to believe that they would be able to pull it off. That confidence was enough to make her know that their plan was weak.
She kept the door open and kept singing. Jaime started crying as soon as they came close. She tossed her handbag as far away as she could. One of them went for it but the other one was still on her. She pulled the knife from the inside of her jacket and stabbed him in the eye. The other one charged at her. She took the gun from her back pocket and shot him in the knee. Unfazed, she lifted Jaime from her car seat, locked the doors, walked towards the Supermarket and picked up her bag as she passed it. As soon as she entered she told the security guard at the entrance that two men had tried to hurt her and her baby and that they were lying there and needed medical attention.