Annie & Jack After Forty

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Chapter 40


Eli nagged me into going to this cocktail party with the donors of the museum. I told him I’d make an appearance, I have, and as soon as I say hello to two more people, I’m going home for the night. I’m trying not to be rude to Jenkins. He keeps talking to me about living to see Silvia completed. He’s 91 and has high blood pressure. He’s worried but his wife, who is my age, not so much. I feel my phone vibrate in my pocket for the third time, and I’m worried it’s Annie. I pull it out of my suit pants to check and see it’s my security company.

“Excuse me. I need to take this.” I nod my head to Jenkins and his wife and step away. “This is Jack Phillips,” I answer.

“Sir, there has been an incident at your downtown residence—”

“What happened?” I interrupt when he starts to rattle off my address.

“A Ms. Leslie August called for a well-check at your residence at eleven fifteen tonight. She made the call from outside of the the apartment. When officers arrived at the scene, they were met with Ms. Leslie August, being held inside the residence, against her will—”

“What? Annie August, what about Annie August? Was she at home?”

“Both Leslie and Annie August were taken from your residence by squad, that’s all I know. It’s my job to inform you of the situation and to let you know that the police will be in contact shortly.”

I hit the elevator button repeatedly. “What hospital did the ambulance take Annie August to from the building? University or Carmel Methodist?”

“Ms. August is en route to University.”

“Thanks.” I hang up and dial Ben.

He answers right away, “I got the call, Jackson, from your security company. I’m on my way as soon as Izzy gets here to watch Sophie and Sarah Jane.”

“What the hell is going on? I’m on my way to the airport. What the fuck do you know? Is Annie okay, who the fuck was in my building?”

“Calm down, I know they are both alive and breathing. I spoke with an Officer Everhart. They are at University ER. Leslie is bruised and man, Annie is unconscious. She was drugged by Jerry Robinton, that bartender, from The Stardust…”

“I fucking know who he is,” I growl.

“He drugged Annie and Leslie caught him, she went there to talk to her after not being able to reach her. She wanted to talk about the lazy ass ex husband of theirs. That’s all I know for now. I’m pulling out the driveway, Izzy is walking across the street. I’ll call you as soon as I get there. You with me, brother?”

“What the fuck is happening to my life, Ben? I found unexpected happiness, and now, I feel like I’m about to sabotage it and fuck it up because I’m a selfish bastard. Fuck! I’ll be there as soon as I can, call me.”

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