365 Prompt: December 18 2017

Until midnight:

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.


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