Years later I was still working at the European Parliament, this time for another MEP. As the local assistant was also quite well known in my local political party- I chose not to tell anyone about what happened, as I was young and scared. I had put the whole experience behind me when one day I was working alone in my office when I received a message from a number I did not recognise.
“Hi, this is XXXXX (local assistant). How are you? I am visiting the European Parliament and was wondering if you wanted to have a coffee.”
I was paralyzed with fear.
A few minutes later my phone rings again.
“I know you saw my message 🙂 Where are you?”
Again, I did not reply.
Suddenly my phone started to ring. He was calling me.
I didn’t answer, so he called me again and again.
I was so scared I could not move. I remember being stuck, frozen at my desk being paralyzed with fear.
All of a sudden I heard footsteps at the end of the corridor, and call me paranoid but I decided to quickly lock the office door.
As I sat back down at my desk, I heard three knocks on my office door. A silence. He tried to open the door unsuccessfully. More knocking.
Then he called out my name. “I know you’re in there” I heard him say with a low chuckle.
I did not call out back.
I did not move.
Finally, he left and after about 5 minutes texted me and said “Waiting for that coffee ;)”