Tears continued to rain down her cheeks. Go online and open your e-mail? He flipped open the phone and checked the frequency. Enough megahertz to make it world-capable. Which made him wonder. Suddenly he felt vulnerable. At this late hour no one roamed the city square.
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His senses came alive. He faced her. You tell me. Our son has apparently been taken by God-knows-who, and you wait two days before telling a soul about it? How have I ever done that? A thought occurred to him. Two men. Only one did the talking. Tall, dark-haired, flat face. Not American. They had accents. Instead the boy was the product of an affair from sixteen years ago, her response to his own infidelity.
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Whatever needed to be said would be said between him and Gary. But things seemed to have changed. He switched on his laptop and waited for the programs to boot. Pam had finally grabbed hold of her emotions. She was like that. Her moods ran in waves.
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Soaring highs and cavernous lows. That was Pam. The laptop was ready. He accessed his mailbox. He said to open your e-mail. And by the way, how did you get here? What you did was give them a two-day head start. They told me my phones were tapped and I was being watched. If I varied from their instructions, even a little, Gary was dead. They showed me a picture. Had that life now hunted him down? He grabbed the edge of the desk.
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It would do no good for both of them to fall apart. If whoever they were wanted Gary dead, then he was already. Gary was a bargaining chip—a way to apparently gain his undivided attention. The laptop dinged. He maneuvered the cursor and opened the e-mail. Pam was standing behind him.
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The sender, like himself, surely knew how to use black holes—computer servers that randomly routed e-mails through an electronic maze. Not impossible to follow, but difficult. He stood from the chair and ran a hand through his hair. He worked the sleep from his shoulders and sucked a few deep breaths. I have to think. It could be Gary. He caught a Dutch accent. Neither one of us has the time. Your seventy-two hours have already started. Never let the other side set the bargain. I talk to him. Then, I go. Both silhouettes shouldered weapons.
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