A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 008, Monday
January 8th, 2018
Chapter One: Call
The phone rang.
It surprised Kathy. She did not receive many calls, and when she did she would anticipate most of them, both the caller and the time. It would flash in her consciousness minutes, sometime hours before the call, depending on how long the caller might have been thinking about dialing her number.
The fact that she was surprised told her that it was Jim. She could never anticipate him.
She picked the phone up from its cradle and answered; “hello,” she said.
“I need to see you,” Jim said without preamble, in his typical-tone, dry and detached, as mirthless and as remote as Mount Everest.
“Café?” He asked, pensive and hesitant.
The single word was a question; would she, could she go out. It was also an imperative; you must see me now it told her.
It was a statement of need.
“Yes.” Kathy replied; trying to mask the concern welling up inside her.
Jim hung up the phone without further comment. His manners were brusque and abrupt as usual, but there was something else hidden in his tone.
There was fear.
Kathy gathered her things and got ready to go.
She did not have to ask where, they only ever met in one place.
She did not have to ask when, the time was always right now.
She hurried out the door.
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