Cathy enjoyed working the two late afternoons down at the Goodwill store. It was a nice end to the day from her regular office job at the phone company. She had been at Goodwill for almost a year now and she got to know many of the folks who came in, as well as the staff who worked there. She did the books each week and stayed late on Thursdays to let the guys in to take out the 'junk' in the back room that sorted from the general depositories. This was stuff that was either broken or not an item they could sell.
One of the perks of working there was she was able to have first pick of clothes or shoes that were dropped off. Finances were tight since the sudden death of her husband. He had no insurance and she had to sell the house and move into an apartment to make ends meet. However, things had slowly turned around and she was getting back on her feet, so to speak.
A delivery was made that afternoon from a local store in the mall that went out of business. It was going to be inventoried tomorrow and Cathy knew there was a good selection of new clothes in there. She looked at the wall clock. Six. The two other helpers came out of the break room carrying their coats and bags as they walked towards the main door. "Anyone in the bathrooms ladies?" Cathy called out cheerfully. "Nope." came the reply. "You girls have a good evening now!" "Thanks Cathy! You too!" She followed them to the front door and locked it behind them. The 'Junk Truck' wouldn't be here for at least and hour, plenty of time to check out the new inventory!
Switching off the main store lights, she went into the back room, forgetting to unlock the side door for when the guys arrived. She hoped Todd would be one of them as he seemed to like her. Putting one of the boxes on the sorting table, she started pulling out some clothes. There were some nice items there, all new! There were some tops, sweaters, skirts and jeans that she liked and so she went about setting them aside as she was going to try them on. there was also a couple of pairs of dressy shoes in her size as well. Taking off her work pants she tried on a few pairs of jeans. Only one pair fit very well and she put that at the end of the table. She managed to find some casual tops in her size that she also put on the end of the table.
There was one sweater that she particularly liked. Long sleeved, dark brown, lapels and a zipper that you could show as much cleavage as you dared! It seemed to go together with a light brown, hounds tooth skirt that Cathy also picked out. The skirt was of high quality with a dark brown silk liner. Both the skirt and sweater matched the tan heels that she also found and were comfortable. Taking off her top, she put on the sweater. It was very soft and a perfect fit. Next, she slipped on the skirt backwards and slid it up her legs. Zipping it from the front, she turned it until the zipper was at the back. It was a little short as Cathy reached under it to un-bunch the liner clinging to her pantyhose. Next, she slipped her feet into her shoes and walked back into the store to look at herself in the full length mirror. "Mmmmm" she said to herself. "Flat shoes and sweater zipped up, kinda clique, zipped down with these heels, kinda leggy and sexy!" She turned to her left and right and looked over her shoulder in the dim light. "Maybe I could........" The sound of banging on the side door broke the silence.
"Oh my god, the guys are here!" she said to no one in particular, looking up at the clock on the wall as she ran to the store room to let them in. It was six thirty. Dodging past the stuff scattered all around she slammed into the door as the banging continued. Fumbling with the lock she yelled: "Hang on!" and then moving back, yanked the door open. Todd stepped in followed by another man that she had never seen before. "Hi Todd!" she said. "You're early!" Todd didn't make eye contact. "Yeah..a little." "Who, this? Aren't you going to introduce me..'Todd'" the other man said as he looked at Cathy. He made her feel uncomfortable and she zippered up her sweater and smoother her skirt down. "Cathy" said Todd. "Nice to meet you 'Cathy'" he said in a creepy way, holding out his hand. "She ignored him and turned to Todd. "Er...I'll get out of your way so you load up. I'll be in the sorting room." "No need to leave Cathy...we're just picking up one thing, ain't that right Todd? In fact, we want you to stay right here."
"Don't hurt her! You promised!" Cathy couldn't comprehend what was going on. "Todd?" "Yeah Todd, tell her we have just one pick up and one delivery!" "What's going on?" "I'm sorry Cathy." The other man had opened an old plastic tub by the door and pulled out a white cellophane wrapped parcel. Cathy knew drugs when she saw them. Turning, she tried to run from the room but Todd grabbed her and clamped his hand over her mouth. "Don't scream, please don't scream." he whispered in her ear. "Tie her up and let's get out of here!" the other man said. "There's some rope hanging on a hook behind the door...get if for me and some cloths." Todd said to his companion. Holding Cathy tight against him, he spoke to her. "I'm sorry,...I got some debts to pay. This is the only way I know how. We won't hurt you. Promise. Just do as I say." Cathy wriggled but he was too strong. "Don't fight me!" The other man came back. Todd didn't tust her and kept his hand firmly across her mouth. "Get her arms and tie her hands behind her." Cathy felt her arms being roughly pulled behind and rope being tied around her wrists. "Gimme that cloth!" commanded Todd as he shoved a wad into Cathy's mouth. Then using another piece, pushed it into her mouth and tied it around her head. "I can take it from here."
"Hurry up!" the man yelled as he walked out of the door carrying the package. After gagging her, he turned Cathy and tightly secured her arms to her body with the other lengths of rope. He then walked her over and sat her down on an old chest and tied her ankles and legs. Using the last piece of cloth, he wound that round her face, completing the gag. Cathy looked at him, but remained still. "I'm sorry." he said as he turned to leave. Getting into the van he slammed the door. "Done?" Todd nodded, looking at the floor boards and the discarded food wrappers laying there. Cathy sat on the chest and tried moving her arms and hands. The ropes were tight, without any give to them. She tried moving her legs but they were tied just as tight. Maybe she could get up and hop to where the scissors are or something that she could cut the ropes with. She tried standing, her body bent over. She tried moving her legs. She felt frighteningly unbalanced and she sat back down.
"I'm goin' to check on her before we leave." he said to Todd as he finished off the remainder of his Vodka. Getting out of the cab he walked back towards the storage room door. Cathy heard the door open and she twisted on the chest to see the man standing there. He closed the door and slowly walked over to her. "Well well, lookit you all tied up! You get dressed up for us did ya Honey?" Walking behind the chest Cathy felt his hands on hers as he tugged on the rope. Moving to her side he pushed his face against hers while putting his arm around her. "Mmmmm..you smell real good." he said as he kissed the side of her face. He tugged at the zipper and she felt his hand start to massage her breasts. "Oh yeah, nice tits, oh you like that?" Cathy remained still. Slipping his other hand under her sweater he gently rubbed her stomach. She looked at the light bulb that dimly illuminated the room when suddenly she felt his hand on her thigh. Moving his hand from the outside to between her legs, he slid it up as far as it would go and began to rub her there. She thought of the first time she was felt up in high school when she was a cheerleader. 'This guy was just as clumsy as the quarterback, except I wasn't bound and gagged back then.'
Bang! The door burst open. "Wadda fuck? You shit!" He yelled as he ran towards the guy and pushed him away from Cathy. "What's wrong with you??? Eh?" Looking at Todd he yelled: "She's a piece of ass!" he said picking himself up of the floor. "You wanna add sexual assault if we get caught? Do ya, do ya?? Get in the fuckin' van now!!" Bent over, the man ran out of the room. Todd looked at Cathy. "I'm sorry...I'm just..." He turned and left the room, closing the door gently behind him. Secretly, she wished that it was Todd who came back to check on her.