five days of the two or three weeks had passed.
like a dream.
suddenly the phone rang. this was unusual. jody took maximum precautions against junk calls.
"is this jody? jody garrett?"
"yes. who is this? i don't want to buy anything."
"this is alma bonney, nikki's mom."
"how do you do?"
"i try to be."
"i assume nikki is not there."
"no, nikki left a note five days ago and disappeared."
"with no indication of a destination?"
"that is correct. the note gave no indication of a destination."
"that is what we expected."
"that is the first glimmer of hope we have had. i hope you did not throw the note away."
"actually i did throw it in the trash."
"but i have not emptied the trash, as tomorrow is weekly trash day."
"oh, thank goodness!"
jody thought "thank goodness" was a curious expression, but was too polite to say so.
jody felt a sudden panic. "the police?"
"yes, they should be in to see you some time today."
jody groaned inwardly. "was that really necessary?"
"we certainly thought so. we are very worried about nikki."
"but it has only been five days."
"five days of worry."
"no, i am sorry but i do not know how it is."
"people just like to - to kick back and get away from things - blow off a little steam."
"that sounds like a terrible, cynical thing to say. you may be polite, but you do not sound like a very nice or sympathetic person."
"i am sorry. i was trying to be helpful and supportive. in my way."
"very well, then. i accept your apology. it is just that we are very worried about nikki."
"do you know when the police are going to get here?"
"no, they did not give us a detailed itinerary of their investigations."
"they are contacting all of nikki's friends and acquaintances , and everybody that ever had any contact with nikki."
"everybody who ever had any contact? that sounds like a tall order."
"i suppose they will."
"as you may have been the last person to see nikki, i would suspect you would be one of the first on their list. but of course i can't make any promises."
"i will hang up now, unless you have anything else to tell me."
"i am sorry, i don't."
what the fuck! couldn't the fucking world ever leave you alone?
fucking nikki! jody hoped the police would show up soon and get this sorry ass business over with. otherwise worrying about it would ruin the whole beautiful two weeks of freedom.
they couldn't ever just leave you alone.