ALBANYVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL
thought I told you not to call me here," Fred said as he held the telephone
receiver close to his mouth and lowered his voice.
"I thought you said you'd
have the money." the man on the other end of the line replied.
"I've almost got
it. I've hit a little stumbling block, but I'm well on my way to getting
everything I need." Fred cautiously took another look around to see
if anyone was nearby. As a young intern approached the nurses' desk, Fred
turned his back to him to shield him from the conversation.
"Almost isn't good
enough! You really should be more careful."
"W-what do you
mean?" Beads of perspiration began to form on Fred's brow and he
quickly pulled a handkerchief out of his pocket to blot them away.
"You've been stalling us
entirely too long, Rutherford! You shouldn't bet money that you don't
"Look, it seemed like a
sure thing. How was I supposed to know that horse was going to fall and
break a leg?" Fred swallowed hard. They just had to give
him more time.
"And what about those
other times? Don't gamble what you can't afford to lose! If you
don't get us that money, we'll be forced to take collection matters into our own
"W-what are you trying to
"I'm sure your not
looking for a reunion with your little nurse girlfriend any time soon. The
river can be quite chilly in the fall of the year."
"Forget what you know
about Arlene!" Why did she continue to haunt him? Fred had been
sure she was out of his life forever. He knew it had been a mistake to ask
for their help, but what other choice had he had?
"Fork over what you owe
and you won't have a thing to worry about!"
Fred exhaled slowly to calm
his nerves. "Just between us, I'm about to come into a large sum of
money. I just have to work out a few more details. Just be
"Time's almost up,
Rutherford. You better hope this goldmine of yours comes through, or
you'll regret ever crossing us." With a deafening "click",
the line went dead.
Fred replaced the receiver on
its cradle and took a deep breath. He had to intensify his pursuit of
Francis and step up his plans to convince her to divorce Charles. He was
sure that once he had a wedding ring on Francis' hand, all his problems would be