“It can’t be him.” I said after what seemed like hours of silence, but in reality was only seconds.. “Tobias he’s been amazing, and he speaks so highly of you… Of both of us. If he wanted you to stay away then why did he call you when I was at the hospital.”
“The text came from his phone.” Tobias replied. “Less than fifteen minutes after he text you to check up you. It’s too much of a coincidence, Not to mention impossible. Someone would have to break into his apart without alerting the guards and text right in front of him. Maybe he’s just been throwing us off the scent.”
Despite the stack of evidence, I refused to believe that Jimmy was capable of something so two faced and evil. There had to be another explanation.
Tobias lifted his phone up to his ear.
“What are you doing?” I said in a hushed voice.
“Calling the police.” He replied unapologetically.
“Tobias. I trust Jimmy. Please. Let’s talk to him first.” I begged
Tobias shook his head and mouthed no before starting to speak into the phone. He explained the entire day, leaving out our tryst but still ending with the text message from Jimmy. The call was over pretty quickly and Tobias shot me a soft look. “I know you want to believe the best in him, but right now the evidence points toward him.”
The police arrived 30 or so minutes later to collect statements and evidence. They advised that they would be visiting the apartment and talking to Jimmy before filling us in on the next steps.
“This is all such a mess.” I mumbled once the were gone. “Today.. It’s been all so overwhelming.”
“I know.” Tobias said softly. “I’m sorry I ran out at the hospital. Especially now I know that the one responsible for… all of this was there.”
I frowned. Jimmy had been kind and caring. He’d kept Tobias informed. Being the person tormenting us conflicted with everything I already knew about Jimmy. I’d been thankful he had been there and I still was. He had made me get checked out in the first place. I owed a lot to him.
“I don’t think he did it Tobias. Someone’s set him up. This is so out of character.”
Tobias shook his head. “He’s always had a thing for you Ruby. Maybe this was his ultimate game.”
Talking Tobias around wasn’t about to happen so I walked toward the bathroom and leaned against the door. “I’m going to shower. Are my clothes still in the closet?”
Tobias nodded and folded his arms across his chest. “I never even contemplated packing your things up Ruby.”
I took a long hot shower in an attempt to wash the stress of the day off my emotionally tired body. It didn’t work. In fact, I stepped out of the heat only to feel even more exhausted due to the rise in actual body temperature.
I wrapped a towel around my body and left the bathroom. I dressed in a pair of trackpants and one of Tobias’ t-shirts then walked out into the living area. Tobias looked over at me and patted the spot on the sofa next to him.
“Sit, watch tarantino with me.” He almost pleaded.
“Don’t have to ask me twice.” I smiled walking over to the sofa. I sat down beside him, curving into his body. “I missed this.” I said a few minutes later as the beginning of pulp fiction began to play.
“Me too Baby.” I felt his lips kiss the top of my head and he pulled me in tighter.
It felt like we’d never even been apart.
We were about three quarters of the way through the movie when there was a loud knock at the door. I paused the movie while Tobias stood up and walked over to the door. He looked through the peephole and then back over at me.
“It’s the police.”
He opened the door, and the two officers from earlier walked inside. Tobias offered coffee, but the officers declined before looking over in my direction.
“It’s best we get directly to the point.” The taller, officer explained. He was at least 45, and I could tell by the lines on his face he’d seen his fair share of drama. Tobias led them into the lounge and they sat across from us.
“There were several pieces of incriminating evidence in his bedroom and when we found him he was asleep on her bed cradling one of Ms Moritz’s negligee’s. He claims to have been drugged. The doorman was on a break when Jimmy swiped into the elevator. We’re trying to get hold of the camera footage.”
“I can speed that up.” Tobias interjected. “I own the complex and I use cloud storage with a company we’re hoping to do business with. I should be able to get it fairly quickly.”
The officers looked at one another and nodded. “That would be great Mr Clarke.”
The three continued to speak, but I zoned out. I should have felt sick from the officer’s description of what they’d found. I could tell Tobias did, The way his mouth pulled into a tight grimace as he spoke was a dead giveaway. But something inside of me still struggled to believe that Jimmy, of all people was capable of something so heinous.
“Where is he?” I asked, interrupting the discussions. I could feel the three pairs of eyes on me. Suddenly I was the centre of attention and I didn’t like it.
“He’s been taken into the station for further questioning. Don’t worry miss, you’re quite safe.” The younger cop assured me. I wasn’t worried about my safety, at least not around Jimmy despite what the officers were saying.
“I want to see him.” I exclaimed.
“Ruby.” Tobias replied his voice dark. “No.”
I looked at him, absorbing his dark angry eyes. He seemed to find my request ridiculous which bothered me. A few hours ago Jimmy had been our friend and now?
I shook my head. “If I am supposed to believe this, if I am supposed to believe that Jimmy did all of this, then I need to see him and see his face and talk to him.” I could hear the desperation in my own voice. The desperation of my belief that Jimmy hadn’t done this, that I hadn’t been tricked by one of the only people who’d befriended me no questions asked.
Tobias let out a soft sigh “Ruby. the officer found him. In your room there, with your clothes. He text me a threatening message from his phone. Babe, I know you care about him, but the evidence is stacking up.”
I knew then that Tobias wasn’t going to give me his blessing, no matter what I said he wouldn’t let me go see him. He had his blinders up, closed off to any other explanation, because it not being jimmy meant that the true culprit was out there.
“It’s best that we leave the visiting until after we’ve done our questioning Ms Moritz.” The officer explained. “We’ll call when we know more.”
Tobias placed his arm around my torso, pulling me in tight to his body. “Thank you both. For everything.” He exclaimed as he walked with them toward the apartment door.
Tobias closed the door behind them, then turned and walked across the hardwood floors until he stood in front of me. He lifted his hands and rest them on the tops of my shoulders.He looked down at me, and his mouth relaxed into a soft smile.
“I sorry I hurt you.” He whispered. “I’m so glad it’s over.”
“You were afraid.” I whispered. “I get it.” I wasn’t so sure it was over, but that could wait. Right now I was happy just to be back here, in his arms. Right where I was supposed to be. I pushed away the lingering worry enough to bathe in the afterglow of our love.
“I should have found another way. I thought I was protecting you by pushing you away, but It shouldn’t have come at the expense it did.”
I smiled and looked up at him. “Don’t beat yourself up. I know now, and I’m not angry.”
“About the… baby.” Tobias said slowly a moment later, his mouth curled around the word baby like it was sticking to the roof of his mouth. He tensed up, I could see it in his shoulders, his neck stiffened and his eyes hardened.
“When the doctor said it was possible you were pregnant, I was terrified. Terrified of what being a father meant. But almost instantly I had a moment of clarity, i imagined a life, a child and while I was still terrified, I was kind of excited too.”
Oh? This was a development. He bit his lip and his eyes filled with tears.
“I got a text from the rogue phone, warning me to keep my distance and suddenly I felt like I had two lives to protect so I ran.” His hands dropped from my shoulders and fell to his sides. His eyes closed a few tears spilled free. I looked down at his balled fists, white with anger and placed my hands over them.
“I bought something on the way home.” He said opening his eyes. “It was stupid… I jumped the gun.”
Confused I shook my head. “What do you mean.”
He swallowed hard and looked down the hall. “It’s nothing.”
“I want to see it.” I whispered. “Please Tobias.”
Tobias just nodded and walked away from me, disappearing into the hallway returning a few moments later with a small baby blue bag. He walked back toward me and held the bag out.
In shiny silver script on the outside of the baby the words. “The Baby Boutique.” glistened at me. Sadness pinched my heart, he had bought the baby a gift. I bit my lip and placed my hand inside the bag, pulling out two small pieces of fabric. They were t-shirts, cute baby sized t-shirts with bold red font on the front reading “Daddy’s little Angel” and “Mommy’s little angel.”
I tightened my grip on the clothes and let tears spill from my eyes, angrily falling down my cheeks. “They’re perfect.” I managed to whisper.
Tobias’ hand slid over mine, removing the shirts from my grip. He pulled me into his chest and held me close, running his other hand up and down my back.
“You’re going to be an amazing Mom someday Ruby.” He whispered. “I can only hope to be half as good as you.”
I looked up at Tobias, smiling through my tears. “You want kids?”
“I want kids with you.” He replied.