Archive for December, 2008
The door opens partly slowly. No one comes to it. Charlie looks at Pedro.
Charlie: What’s going on?…
Pedro: Stand back.
He pushes the door open and waits.
Pedro: I don’t hear anything.
Charlie: That’s a good thing or a bad thing?
Pedro: I’m not sure…
Pedro looks around the clearing.
Charlie: Didn’t Pat say your contact was waiting for us?
Pedro: Yes, but…
Charlie: Well, let’s not make him wait.
She heads for the door.
Footsteps crunching the snow are heard approaching the cottage. Pedro and Charlie turn around the corner.
Charlie: I didn’t say anything…
Charlie (whispering): Why?…
A clearing covered in snow. A small cottage stands quietly, smoke coming out of its chimney. No one is about.
Charlie looks at Pedro, then at Pat.
Pedro: It’s actually all tied together.
Charlie: Is it, now?…
Pat: You two should get going. I told him you would be there shortly.
Pedro: Yes. Thank you Pat. I owe you one.
Pat (with twinkling eyes): Yes…you do…. Charlie, it was a pleasure, if a brief one, to meet you. Take care of yourself.
Charlie (shaking the little man’s hand): Likewise, Pat. Thank you for your help.
Pedro: Ok. Let’s go.
They get on Pedro’s bike and ride off. Pat pulls out h cell phone, punches a few times.
Pat: Hey… they’re on their way..Yes, both of them. You still have the girl?… Good… Make sure she’s ready…
He hangs up.
Pat: So that’s what you were looking for, wasn’t it?
Pedro looks at Pat, but doesn’t respond.
Charlie (looking at the two men): I’m not sure I follow… I thought we were looking for a pendant?
Pedro: Yes…. and no…
Charlie looks closer at the screen.
Charlie: Hum…perhaps not…But it is the same book, though.
Pat: No, actually, it is THE book…
Pedro: So, that’s where it’s been?
Pat smiles at Pedro.