The phone rang at exactly 9:00am. Not one second before or after. Punctual. Just like I knew it would be.
I’d been expecting it of course and yet, the shrill ring made me almost jump out of my skin.
When I picked up the receiver there was a pause, a heavy breath and then the trademark raspy voice that sent shivers down my spine.
“You have until midnight.”
Nothing more needed to be said. I knew what he meant and he knew I understand the terms. If I didn’t deliver as I promised I would, I’d be dead, no questions asked. Nobody wanted excuses in this business.