‘Bye, Eve!’ Jason said to the secretarian, the last person inside, as he was heading out of the office. It was the evening of a cold day in December: the sky was already dark, the streets were covered by a thin layer of melting snow while street lamps’ lights flashed on the cars rushing home. Christmas lights made the view of the city more colourful and bright; lots of people were seeking presents in the shops, resting in the cafés with some friends or colleagues or hurrying to finally see their beloved ones in the end of the long workday.
Jason put his coat on his elegant suit, checked his briefcase once again and went down to the garage of his workplace. He was tired but satisfied with the day: he fulfilled everything he had been planning, what is more, he even made up some arrears.
He sat in, started the engine, got out of the garage and drove home slowly, leisurely. While heading home, he was thinking about his wife Heather and his 6-year-old little daughter Lisa, waiting for him at home and the meal he was going to eat for dinner. He was hungry.
When he arrived home, the darkness of his pretty house’s windows surprised him: no lights were switched on.
He stopped the engine, got out of the car and went to the entrance door.
It was unlocked.
He entered the house.
His wife’s and daughter’s coats and shoes were missing. The TV was on.
‘Darling? Lisa?’ he shouted loudly. But nobody answered him.
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He checked the kitchen, the living-room and the cellar. Nobody. He ran up the stairs to the floor where the bedrooms were; everything was normal except for Heather and Lisa missing.
He grabbed his mobile phone and called Heather.
It was ringing. Ringing and ringing and ringing… for a very long time. Jason was getting more and more nervous at every ringing.
Suddenly he heard somebody answering the call.
‘Hello?!’ he asked.
A man’s whispering voice answered.
‘Looking for your family?’
James got shocked. Kidnapping?!
‘Who are you? Where are they?’
The voice laughed a little.
‘The only thing you didn’t ask is if they are still alive.’
Jason’s hand started to shake. But he knew his family was alive. He decided to collect himself.
‘What do you want?’
‘Hey, you could be a bit nicer than this! After all, your family’s life is in my hands.’
‘Do I know you?’
‘No. Not yet. But I know you. I know your past. And I know you can help me.’
‘Tell me what you want already! It’s money, isn’t it?’
‘No. Much more important. I want you to help my brother in his prison-breaking. Get him out!’
He checked the kitchen, the living-room and the cellar. Nobody. He ran up the stairs to the floor where the bedrooms were; and he got shocked. Most of Heather’s and Lisa’s smaller belongings were gone. He opened the wardrobes: almost all their clothes were nowhere.
‘What happened here?!’ he asked himself. He grabbed his mobile phone and called Heather.
It was ringing and ringing for a very long time. But she didn’t answer.
Jason went back downstairs to check if he finds any messages left behind. He was right: there was a sheet of paper on the coffee table:
‘I saw what you did and I’m just broken. I don’t want to live with you for another minute. Get a lawyer but don’t call me for some days now please. Lisa’s with me.
Jason was just standing there, with the paper in his hand. He didn’t understand anything of it. What did he do?! He didn’t do anything wrong. He didn’t cheat Heather, he didn’t do anything illegal… What did Heather see?
He wrote her a text message about her missunderstanding something and asking her to tell him what she meant in the letter. But Heather didn’t answer him. He was trying to call her… no answer.
He called Heather’s mother, the only person he could think his wife went to. But Heather wasn’t there – or at least her mother said so.
Jason was puzzled. What should he do? Go to his mother-in-law to check if Heather is really not there? Or would it just make it worse?
He looked at the paper once again.
‘What do I do now?’ he asked.
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