SPOILER ALERT! This interview contains information about my story Identities. If you haven’t read it, click here to read it before reading on.
My fingers hover over the keyboard as I accept Sean’s collect call.
“Are you the one that interviewed Anna?”
“I am. Thank you for speaking with me—”
“Good. I want you—” his voice drops to a whisper, “to answer my questions first.”
My hands freeze in place. “I’m assuming we aren’t dealing with time restraints.”
“No. The Architect is giving us free reign.”
“My questions first.”
I pause, exhaling to level my voice. “Fine.”
“Was Anna okay when you talked to her?”
I hear him gulp. “Good.” His voice cracks and he clears his throat. “Is the baby healthy?”
“As far as I know, she is.”
“That’s all I wanted to know.”
“Anna, still believes in you. ”
“Thank you—” He grunts, wheezing as he inhales. “We need to start the interview.”
“You mentioned ‘The Architect.’ Does he want you to talk to me?”
“Yes.” He coughs, “He likes the attention and he wants me to thank you.”
“One reader asked, ‘Things seem to happen quickly after you stole the books. How soon do you think The Architect knew your plan?’”
“He had to have been watching us for a while. Jasmine wasn’t home that night. She had decided to meet her mom to shop for baby clothes. He knew we were coming, but I don’t know when our plan became public knowledge.”
“One reader asked, ‘How hard was it to pull the trigger knowing you were deep in it, but still hadn’t crossed the ‘line?’”
Sean clears his throat. “It wasn’t—”
I hear a laugh, but it isn’t Sean.
“—All I thought about was Anna, and the baby.” His voice wavers, “I knew Cody would have put his daughter first.”
“What would Cody say about all this?”
He huffs. “That no one would have had to tell him to shoot me.”
“How do you feel about what you did?”
“I did it to save my family.”
“But how do you feel?” A high male voice says.
My fingers freeze and I hear a dull thud.
Sean begins to cough. “I feel,” he says after a moment, “like the garbage that killed my best friend.”
“How did Anna feel?” the voice says. “And be careful what you say, you don’t want to upset your babysitter anymore.”
“She felt like she jumped without a chute.”
“Architect, what makes you think you can do these things?”
He giggles. “I am invisible, and thus invincible.”
“Will you always be able to hide?”
“I don’t hide! I orchestrate.”
“Sean, one reader asked, ‘Now that you’ve had some time to think about it, who do you think The Architect is?’”
“Who the man behind the computer might be, I don’t know—right now I don’t care to know.”
“Final question, will you try to find him someday, Sean?”
He hesitates. “I won’t have to. He likes attention and if he wants more, then he’ll do something to make this story continue. Promise me something, lady.”
“If Anna or I die in prison, don’t let anyone know.”
“You have my word.”
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