It was early in the morning when he called and said, “I’m on my way to see you.”

Now everything has to happen quickly. She has to take precautions. She is alone. Therese Tang rushes through the rooms, looking for anything the man could use as a weapon. Hides blades and scissors.

She puts a pocket knife under the book next to her bed. She shoves a kitchen knife into the pocket of her jacket in the hallway. She connects with a friend via an alarm app.

The man is a sick and confused soul. And he is stronger than her. He is impulsive, egomaniacal. And she played cat and mouse with him for days.

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