Continued from April 25, 2018
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Jeff reached the bottom of the hill where the connecting street followed the water. To his left he saw the gas station he was looking for, and, much to his amazement, a pay phone still attached to the side of the building.
“You think that thing still works?” He muttered to the statue under his arm. “Must be the last one in the city.”
The statue stayed cold.
“It has a dial tone!” Jeff gasped. The statue warmed and cooled rapidly under his arm.
Jeff pressed 0 until an operator picked up. He asked to make a collect call to the number Mario had left at his house. He was patched through when Mario accepted the charges.
“Jeff Bezose?” Mario said on the other side, “Where are you? Are you okay?”
“I’m fine, Mario. Thank you for the note. I’m down on the waterfront at the gas station by the diner.” Jeff said.
“I’m surprised you called, I’ll send someone to get you.” Mario replied.
“Well, to be honest with you, I am too. If it wasn’t for Cindy I probably wouldn’t have.” he replied.
“You know Cindy is working with us?” Mario blurted, “Never mind, what’s important is that you stay safe. I need you to hang up and hide somewhere. I’ll send a car that has the symbol matching your amulet on the license plate to get you.
“If he doesn’t use the word ‘stranger’ when he sees you, run as fast as you can toward the Casco Bay Bridge. Got it?” he finished.
“Got it.” Jeff said, nodding to himself.
“There is something else I need to tell you. It’s about Cindy.” Mario said.
“I have her with me, I’ll explain when I see you.” Jeff said.
“You have her with you? You mean you’re together, let me talk to her, please.” Mario said.
“She, umm – she can’t actually talk right now. You’ll understand. I’ll see you soon.” Jeff said, hanging up the receiver.
He turned around, the waterfront was very exposed, but at the back of the parking lot he saw a small patch of over grown sumac that would provide at least a little cover. He sat on the ground in there, holding the statue in his lap while he waited for the car that would get him out of there.