Book Excerpt – In the Still of the Night: Personal Safety for Women

In the Still of the Night: Personal Safety for Women
by Andrea Foy

    Publication Date: Aug 14, 2012
    List Price: $15.00
    Format: Paperback, 127 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9780985814267
    Imprint: Professional Woman Network
    Publisher: Professional Woman Network
    Parent Company: Professional Woman Network

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    Une Nuit de Paris\

    “How did I get myself into this mess?” I thought. There I was, riding on the Metro out of Paris with my flight attendant roommate and about 6 non-English speaking Parisians. It wasn’t until we had been riding about 10 minutes did I realize we might be in trouble. Some of the perks of being a Flight Attendant were free travel, and discounted hotels, etc., another perk was meeting rich and famous people. Ah to be young again…

    Long story short, my roommate and I had VIP tickets and passes a Prince concert and after party in Paris. This was the early 90’s. Only the privileged inner circle was allowed to Princes’ after parties. I had met his manager on New Year’s Eve the previous year and acted like such a 12-yr-old girl that he put me on the permanent guest list, but that is a whole other story.

    Little did I know when a bodyguard handed me the passes after the concert that a group of young Parisians were watching. They came up us with not even a “Hi, how are you,” “Je m’appele.” No it was, “Nous venons avec vous.” “We want to go with you.”

    Through a series of bad English and even worse French they communicated to us that they knew how to get to the after party club and we needed them to get there. We quickly concurred and off we went.

    That’s when I found myself on the train. The station was closed but the trains were running anyway and so the Parisians jumped the stalls to run for the oncoming train. My roommate, who was wearing jeans and tennis shoes, cleared her hurdle like an Olympian, but I was wearing a long slender dress, so I had to literally roll over the turnstile. We made it!

    Everything was fine until our friends started chattering amongst themselves and looking out of the windows at the signs.

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