Only For You(6)

By: Genna Rulon

“Wow, way too much information. Please, don’t think you need to filter your thoughts to spare my mental health. Just go ahead and pollute my mind with your carnal daydreams. I’m sure I will scrub that image from my brain in another ten years or so.” I tilted my head to the side, banging my hand on top as if trying to knock loose the image she painted.

Sam rolled her eyes at my theatrics. “Whatever. Even you can’t deny that man is a god.”

“True,” I conceded, “but I’m pretty sure I saw Miss Abs-of-Steel peeing on him to mark her territory. I’m afraid if we don’t take the hint she may start humping his leg and that is a horror I would never forget, so try to control yourself.”

Getting a laugh from Sam cleared the lustful haze that had lingered about her.

“Alright everyone, let’s get started. My name is Hunter Charles, and I’m honored to be your instructor for the next six weeks. I have been studying martial arts for twenty years, and I hold varying degrees of black belts in Karate, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Since this is not a formal study of martial arts, please feel free to address me as Hunter instead of Sensei.”

He sidestepped and gestured to Exercise Barbie. “With me is Crystal Duvall, she is the liaison between the Suffolk County Police Department and Hensley University.”

“Hello ladies, I’m happy to be here with Hunter to teach you how to protect yourselves.” Crystal placed her hand on Hunter’s lower back as she spoke, clearly trying to reiterate her claim of him.

Hunter stepped forward slightly, dislodging her hand, and addressed us again.

“Crystal will spend the first thirty minutes of each session outlining safety awareness and prevention strategies. The remaining sixty minutes I will instruct you in physical defense techniques. You’re all to be congratulated on taking the initiative to participate in the seminar. It’s the first step in protecting yourselves and, by doing so, you have substantially increased your odds of avoiding or escaping an attack.” Hunter then stepped aside allowing Crystal to take control without his distracting presence.

“Can anyone tell me what your best weapon is in preventing an attack?” Crystal looked around the room as people called out answers.

“A gun.” “Mace.” “A Taser.”

Crystal shook her head. “Those are all tools you can use to protect yourself during an attack, but they will not prevent an attack. Any other guesses?”

No one said anything. Crystal continued to stare at us, unwilling to give us the correct answer. I groaned inwardly.

In the interest of expediting the lecture, I answered, “Our mind or intuition?”

Crystal nodded her approval, “Exactly. Your brain and your gut are your best weapons to prevent an attack. Be aware of your surroundings, think about safety measures, and assess the risks you’re taking. Your gut is your intuition or sixth sense. It’s imperative that you listen to it; if something feels wrong, don’t ignore that feeling. We all have innate self-preservation instincts, and we need to heed to them.

Here are a few general safety points to remember—always be alert to your surroundings. At night, walk in well-lit, heavily traveled areas. Use the campus escort security service or walk with a friend. Be cautious of strangers who approach you trying to engage in conversations. Never hitchhike or accept a ride from someone you don’t know. In regards to your home and car—always lock your doors even when you’re home or in the car. Make sure your cell phone is always nearby and accessible.”

Crystal paused to assess our attentiveness. “Don’t worry; you will receive a packet at the end of each class that includes the information presented.” She gentled, “You must be scared, that’s why you’re here. Fear is a potent protector and will help you remain vigilant.” Crystal hardened her tone, “And most crucial, do not impair your awareness by using alcohol in excess or taking any sort of drugs. If you’re going to imbibe, make sure you’re with friends you trust and stick together, no matter what. Just like you should have a designated driver when drinking, you should have a designated sober friend to remain aware and ensure the safety of your group.”

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