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Previously… Jade receives a call from an unknown number. Readers voted that it’s William calling her back on a different line because his phone is bugged.
“Jade.” It was William again, his voice crystal clear this time. “I’m sorry about that call. I can’t speak freely on that phone.”
Jade pulled her car over to the side of the road and sighed. “What do you mean?”
“It’s been tapped,” William said matter-of-factly. “Listen Jade, you need to go home. Lock your door and don’t leave until the trial tomorrow morning. I think you may be in danger.”
“What?” The words seemed fake to Jade, lines from a movie or some tacky joke. “What are you talking about? In danger from who?”
“I’m not sure. I believe that Sybil did leave on her own and that she’s way more involved in this than I thought…in fact, she may have committed the murder that Sebastian is on trial for. I think she’s setting him up.”
Why? For the money? Isn’t that kind of elaborate?” As the words left Jade’s mouth, she pictured the little girl sitting alone in the bushes and heard herself talking to the butler – ‘Karen Rice, her brother’s fiancée,’ she’d proclaimed. She was so stupid. Why had she gone there?
“It’s a lot of money, Jade. If Sebastian goes to prison, Sibyl will have control over the family fortune.”
“You probably shouldn’t have gone to the house,” he continued. “I don’t know how involved the family staff is, but someone has no doubt told her about you. If her brother were to get married, it would pose a real threat to her inheritance. You didn’t use your real name, right?”
“No, I didn’t!” Jade felt herself beginning to panic slightly. “Why did you tell me to go talk her out of testifying in the first place if you thought she was involved in the murder?”
William’s voice came back sounding clipped and slightly defensive. “I didn’t know she was involved then. I thought she was being pressured by the prosecution to turn against her brother. I’ve since learned otherwise. Look, Jade…”
“I know this is much more than you signed on for, and what I should do is tell you right now not to go any further with the job. I’ve already called Cole and told him I don’t need Celine anymore, just you. I should let you out of the agreement too, but…I’m afraid I can’t do that.” Jade felt her grip on the phone tighten as William continued.
“You’re now very involved in this case. If I’m going to prove that Sibyl is framing her brother for murder to gain control of the money, the threat that you pose as Sebastian’s fiancée is key. You still won’t testify of course, but your presence in the courtroom will be essential.”
Jade was silent.
“Anyway,” William went on, “go home and get some rest. I’ll see you tomorrow morning at the courthouse. Wear something conservative. And Jade -” He lowered his voice slightly. “- I know you’ll keep this conversation, and all our conversations, to yourself. Between the prison visit and the trips to the stable and the Downing home, the fact that you are Sebastian’s fiancée has become known to the public. It would be in your own best interest to remain as devoted to him as possible.”
There was a click and William’s voice was gone. Jade sat motionless for a while watching the cars fly past her, wondering how she had gotten so far into this mess and what the next day would hold. WIN $50 Amazon gift certificates by voting WEEKLY! Enter your address each time you vote then check your email to confirm. Vote below on what will happen next or if reading by email click view poll.