Stacie’s frantic voice rang in my ears. “I have been calling and calling. Where did you go last night? You better not still be with that man. Where are you? I am coming to you right now.”
“Stacie, I am fine. Please relax a little.”
“Relax? How can I relax when you were threatened by gun point in a bar, with a strange man and then you disappear?”
“Well, I am fine now. I am still at the same hotel, but I am not registered under my own name.”
“You’re not registered ... what?”
“Just come to the hotel. Stop at the front desk and tell them your name and they will direct you to me. Now, what are you wearing?”
“Wearing? Are you insane?”
“No. I need to tell the front desk who you are and I thought it would help if I described what you were wearing.”
“Cathie, this is so far past normal. You know that right? I have to register my outfit with your hotel before they will tell me which room you are in?”
“Stacie, listen carefully to me. And please do not freak out.” I took a deep breath knowing this might be a mistake. “Those men with guns came back last night and broke into my hotel room. They didn’t hurt me. They just gave me a message for Quinn.”
“You were in the room when they broke in?”
“Well, yes, sort of.”
“What do you mean sort of?”
“I was in the shower.” Opps. I shouldn’t have said that.
“Oh my goodness Cathie! Are you alright? Where was Quinn?”
Think before you speak now! “How about you tell me what you are wearing? Then I can let the hotel staff direct you to my suite. We can talk more then. Okay?”
“Oh yes. Sorry I am wearing a chartreuse blouse with a Cerulean skort.”
“A what? Never mind, I will tell them yellow and blue.”
“Yellow and blue does not even come close!”
“See you soon Stac.” I hung up the phone and retreated to the bathroom to clean up. I couldn’t help wondering what has happened to me. I was the one who taught her all the true names of colours. Now it seemed so irrelevant and time wasting.
After washing my face I went in search of an outfit for the day. That’s when I realized I had neglected another tell-tale Cathie quirk. My clothes were still folded in my suitcase. That must be a first for me. Usually I rescue my clothes from the tight-cramped space of my suitcase before I even check out the room.
Pulling out a creased cotton blouse and a pair of denim capris I noticed how off kilter my whole existence was here in France. Almost like I had done more than cross an Ocean, I had crossed into a different dimension of reality. The things that would have messed me up and spoiled my mood were now inconsequential.
Even my dream of Mitch, though it was disturbing at the time, held no entangling magic over me. I felt free. I felt safe. I felt certain I would hear from Quinn tonight.
NEXT CHAPTER is here.