On the street near the Monticello Inn Sabrina Shaw’s lifeless boy was laying.
Calvin knelt over her body and felt for a pulse.
The bus driver that had hit her came running to the scene.
“She just appeared out of nowhere,” he exclaimed. “I tried to stop. I really did. She could not have been paying attention.
“Shouldn’t you be doing CPR?” Sky asked.
“It’s too late,” Calvin informed him.
“You mean,” Guthrie started to say but Calvin finished his sentence.
“She’s dead,” Calvin said.
“No, this can’t be,” Sky shouted.
Gordon and Broomhilda stood off to the side.
“This isn’t good news for James,” he mumbled. “And I guess this means we won’t be able to follow Katherine to see what she is up to tonight. I am still curious how she pulled that disappearing act at the Mayfield Medical Facility the other night and what was she doing there.”
“Sabrina Shaw was talking on the phone when I saw her turn the corner,” Broomilda reminded him. “Do you think she was not paying attention and did not see the bus coming?”
“I don’t know,” Gordon replied. “I guess anything is possible. She could have did it on purpose or someone could have pushed her.”
“Then we should find that phone,” Sky said as he walked up to them. “It could tell us who put her up to all this.”
A crowd of people began to gather near the accident.
As Gordon continued to talk, Broomhilda looked across the street. She saw someone peering from across the corner trying to see what was happening. When they turned to walk away, Broomhilda recognized her. It was Angela Rhomer from WMON.
Once Angela was out of site, she picked up her cell phone and called her producer Martin.
“Yes,” he said as he answered the phone.
“Martin, I need you to hurry over to the Monitcello Inn with a camera crew,” she told.
“What is it?” Martin inquired.
“I will be the talk of the evening news,” she stated.
“What do you mean?” He questioned her.
“The escort Sabrina Shaw is dead,” she explained. “Things aren’t looking good for the Whitneys.”
At the Whitney Towers, Julia, Deborah, and Bryan were stuck in the elevator in the basement.
“I can’t believe I am stuck in here again,” Julia exclaimed.
“At least you are not alone this time,” Bryan said.
“I can’t get a cell signal,” Deborah informed them.
“I know,” Julia told her. “I had the same problem last time I got stuck down here.”
“There’s no hatch above us and no emergency phone,” Deborah noted.
“I know,” Julia lamented. “I went through all this before.”
“We can’t even hit the emergency button, because we have no power” Bryan told them.
“I know I went through all this last time I was stuck in here,” Julia informed them.
“Just great,” Deborah stated.
“If you had waited by the car instead of coming with us, like I said, you could have gotten us out of here,” Bryan said to Deborah.
Deborah was not pleased by Bryan’s comment and chose to ignore it.
“Last time you were down here, James came and got you out,” Deborah mentioned.
“Yes,” Julia said. “He pried the doors open.”
“We should be able to do that,” She said.
“We don’t have anything with us,” Bryan responded.
“Let’s all try to pull the doors apart,” Deborah suggested.
The three of them starting pulling on the doors trying to get them open. After a few minutes, they were able to open them a little.
“What’s that?” Deborah asked as she looked through the doors.
“A brick wall,” Bryan exclaimed as he hit the white bricks in anger.
“We must have gone down further than I did last time,” Julia stated.
“Someone should notice the elevator is not working,” Deborah said.
“I think we were the last people in the building,” Bryan noted.
“You may be right,” Deborah agreed. “But they should at least have someone here from the maintenance crew.”
“I don’t think there was last time,” Julia told her.
“Interesting,” Deborah said to herself.
“Someone will show up soon,” Julia stated. “I hope.”
“Your father will probably come here when he doesn’t hear from us,” Deborah said to Bryan. “He will probably think we are blowing off the election, and come here to read us the riot act. He is all business.”
“He does take elections seriously, they are his whole life,” Bryan noted.
“But he has really been hard on Julia, especially with everything going on with her and James,” Deborah stated.
“He doesn’t mean to be, I know he really likes her,” Bryan replied. “He did from the first moment he saw her in action in the court room.”
“In the court room?” Julia asked.
“Oh yes,” Bryan responded. “I told you that he saw you in action in the court room before. James as well. His business has always taken him into the courthouse. And he always checks outs trials. That’s how he knew who James was. He was at the courthouse to watch him on some days during Charlotte’s trial.”
“I don’t recall seeing him there,” Julia said.
“He can be inconspicuous,” Bryan told them. “When he first saw you, you were still at the District Attorney’s office. I remember when he came home saying that woman could be the first female district attorney of Monticello.”
“Really?” Julia asked. “He never mentioned it.”
“I have never seen him give anyone a compliment,” Deborah stated.
“I know,” Bryan agreed. “I think that is a hard thing for him to do. But after meeting Julia, I think he was right. You could be the first female District Attorney of Monticello.”
“Thank you,” Julia said to him. “Now, back to how we are getting out of here.”
“At least you are not alone in here this time,” Bryan noted.
“Someone has to come by soon,” Deborah stated.
“I hope you are right,” Julia told her.
At the mansion, Geri was at the bar talking on her cell phone to someone. “I will meet you out tonight. I haven’t been able to leave the mansion all day. They have been watching me like a hawk all day.”
“Are you sure you will be able to get away?” The male voice on the other end of the phone asked.
“Trust me, I have been sneaking out at night since I was 15,” Geri informed him. “It won’t be a problem. Just make sure you bring the stuff.”
“I have it,” the male voice said.
“Good,” Geri told him as she hung up the phone and went into the living room.” She saw April and Draper sitting on the sofa. Robert was standing off to the side by the kitchen. Raven was pacing up and down.
“I can’t believe it,” Raven exclaimed.
“What is it?” Geri exclaimed.
“I just got off the phone with your father,” Raven answered. “That prostitute that has been telling those lies about James is dead.”
“What?” A shocked Geri questioned.
“She was hit by a bus,” April informed her.
“That’s horrible,” Geri stated.
“What’s worse, the police say she was going to admit that she has been lying about James,” Draper said.
“Now it doesn’t matter,” Raven told him. “James can’t catch up a break. I should go upstairs and tell him. But he needs his rest.”
“What took you so long in the bar?” Robert asked Geri as he walked over to her.
“I was making myself a drink,” Geri answered.
Robert just stared at her. “You better not be up to something.”
“Whatever,” Geri replied as she walked away from him, and just shook her head.
As Geri was speaking Lyle entered the mansion with a noticeably upset Charlotte.
“What’s eating you?” Geri inquired.
“None of your business,” Charlotte responded not wanting to inform her about what happened with Norman.
“I assume you heard about the escort?” Lyle asked them.
“Yes,” Raven replied. “James can’t catch a break.”
On the sofa, Draper looked at April. “You are tired. Do you want to call it a night?”
“No, it’s still early,” April replied.
“You could use the rest,” Draper said to her. “Tomorrow is going to be a long day.”
“No,” April repeated. “I want to at least talk to Julia first. What’s keeping her away?”
“They are supposed to be getting together with Mr. Church,” Draper reminded her. “He had a plan on how to deal with Sabrina Shaw.”
“I don’t know what good that will do now that she is dead,” Raven stated.
“She is not answering her phone,” April said as she put her cell phone back in her purse. “I don’t like that.”
“Deborah is with her,” Draper reminded her. “She will be fine.”
Raven cringed when she heard them mention Deborah’s name.
“You’re right,” April said as she picked up her phone again. “Let me try to call Deborah.”
“Well, I think I am going to call it a night,” Geri announced to everyone.
Charlotte, Lyle, Robert, and Raven all looked at her shocked.
“At this hour?” Charlotte asked.
“I have never known you to go to bed before midnight,” Robert noted.
“At least not alone,” Lyle mumbled to himself.
“Well, you won’t let me do anything else,” Geri responded. “I just as soon call it a night.”
Robert just shook his head at her as she walked up the stairs.
“Have the police found out anything else about the accident?” Charlotte asked Raven.
“I don’t know,” Raven responded. “All we know now is that she was hit by a bus. But since she was going to tell the truth now, I suspect foul play.”
“I am sure the police are taking that into account,” Draper stated.
“But will the truth come out before the election?” Raven asked.
“Poor James,” Charlotte lamented. “I am going to get check up on him.”
“No,” Raven replied. “Let him get his rest. You can go up when Julia gets here. I am sure she will want to see him too.”
“Okay, now I don’t like that at all,” April exclaimed.
“What is it?” Draper questioned her.
“Deborah is not answering as well,” April answered him. “I don’t like that at all.”
“Now, you have me worried,” Draper said.
“What should we do?” April asked.
“I am going to call Chief Egan, and see if she has heard from them,” Draper stated.
Back at the Monitcello Inn, Angela stood behind the crowd and looked at her watch.
“So what happened?” A voice from behind her asked.
Angela tuned to see Martin there.
“You got her quick,” she replied. “The police haven’t issued a statement yet. All I know is that she was hit by a bus, and she is dead.”
“Interesting?” Martin noted.
“What is that supposed to mean?” Angela asked him.
“What are you doing here?” Martin inquired.
“I am covering a story,” Angela replied.
“But you were already here,” Martin stated. “The Whitneys said they could prove she was lying. Which would have cost you your job. What have you been up to?”
“I don’t like what you are insinuating,” Angela told him. “Keep those kind of thoughts to yourself. By the way, where is the camera crew?”
“They are not here yet,” Martin informed her.
“You didn’t come with them?” Angela asked.
“No,” Martin replied. “I wasn’t at the station when you called.”
“Really,” Angela said with a smile. “Then where have you been?”
Martin paused for a moment and then smiled back at her. “Don’t tell me you are jealous?”
“Don’t flatter yourself,” Angela said as she turned away from him.
Near the crime scene, Chief Egan showed up and walked over to Calvin.
“What can you tell me?” She asked him.
“She was struck and killed by the bus,” Calvin answered her. “Guthrie is questioning the driver, the passengers, and any witnesses, but the driver said she appeared out of nowhere.”
“Do you have anyone getting surveillance footage from the area?” Chris inquired.
“Of course,” Calvin replied as Guthrie walked up to them.
“Did you find out anything new?” Calvin questioned him.
“That German woman with the Whitneys-Broomhilda,” Guthrie started to say.
“Yes, I know who she is,” Chris replied.
“Well, Broomhilda said she saw Ms. Shaw talking on her cell phone as she turned the corner,” Guthrie informed them. “So she may have not been paying attention and did not see the bus coming when she tried to cross the street.”
“That’s possible,” Chris responded. “Do we have her phone?”
“No, we haven’t found it yet,” Guthrie responded.
“Well don’t stop looking until you find it,” Chris ordered. “I want that phone.”
Sabrina’s phone was a little further down the street by some trash cans. Someone picked it up and put it in their pocket.
As Chris was standing looking around the area, her own cell phone rang.
“What is it?” Guthrie asked.
“I don’t know,” Chris responded as she answered her phone. Guthrie couldn’t decide if the call was related to the case or not.
As Chris finished talking on her cell phone, Sky walked over to them.
“What can you tell us?” He asked her.
“We have nothing to report right now,” She answered him. “You will hear when I make a statement to the press.”
“But Sabrina was getting ready to tell the truth that she was lying about James and her,” Sky told her.
“I am aware of that,” Chris replied.
“The election is tomorrow,” Sky stated. “We need to get the word out on that.”
“I don’t know what we can do about that,” Chris said. “She hadn’t gone on record yet.”
“Dammit,” Sky exclaimed.
“Now can you please let me get to back to work?” Chris asked.
A reluctant Sky went stand back by Gordon and Broomhilda.
“Did you find out anything new?” Gordon inquired.
“No,” an upset Sky responded.
“Can we leave now?” Gordon asked.
Sky was not happy.
Over by the body, Chris looked at Guthrie and Calvin. “We have another situation,” she informed them.
“What is it?” Calvin asked her.
“The Scotts called, and they have been unable to reach Julia and Deborah,” Chris informed him. “I have tried Deborah myself, and she is not responding.”
“Do you think it is Julia’s stalker?” Guthrie inquired.
“It possible, of course it is possible that there could be a logical explanation as well,” she told them. “But I am not taking any chances. I am sending Mae and Matthew out to look for them.”
“Have you had any luck on finding her phone?” Chris asked them.
“No,” Calvin replied.
“But I have an idea,” Guthrie told her.
“What is it?” Chris inquired.
“That reporter from WMON is here, and she is the one who set up the interview with Sabrina to begin with,” Guthrie stated.
“Correct,” Chris told him.
“I assume she called Sabrina on her cell phone, why don’t we get her to call it again, and maybe we can hear the phone ring,” Guthrie suggested.
“That’s a great idea,” Chris told him. “But we don’t need Angela Rhomer for that. I have Sabrina’s cell phone number here.” Chris pulled a piece of paper out of her pocket. She never returned my calls but that doesn’t matter now.” Chris started to dial the number.
Guthrie grabbed Calvin. “Tell everyone to listen for a cell phone that is going to ring. The Chief is dialing Sabrina’s phone.”
“Do you think we will be able to hear it with this crowd forming?” Calvin asked.
“I hope so,” Calvin replied as he and Guthrie scanned around the crime scene.
Chris finished dialing the number and then looked around at everyone.
Almost immediately they heard a ringing from behind them. They turned to see Sky, Gordon and Broomhilda standing there. Chris walked over to them and the ringing got louder.
She looked at Sky. “Mr. Whitney, can you empty your pockets for me?”
“I can explain,” Sky started to say as he took the cell phone out of his pocket.
“Save you explanation,” Chris told him. “I’m gotten used to your excuses for interfering in police investigations over the years. Give me one good reason why I shouldn’t take you in right now.”
“The phone could tell us who was putting Sabrina up to telling those lies about James,” Sky stated.
“I am aware of that,” Chris said.
“Why don’t you take him in?” Guthrie asked.
“Because Mr. Whitney just found the phone on the ground, and was turning it over to the police,” Christ stated. “Weren’t you?”
“That’s correct,” Sky lied. “I just found it over there by the trash cans.”
Chris took the phone from Sky. She then looked at him right in the eye. “I am trying to help you the best I can. Don’t interfere in my investigation again.”
Back at the mansion, Geri was climbing out of her bed room window and down the trellis.
“Just like old times,” she mumbled to herself. “I haven’t lost my touch.”
“And neither have I,” a voice from behind her said.
Geri turned to see Robert standing there.
“What are you doing here?” Geri asked him.
“I’m doing my job,” Robert responded. “I figured you were up to something, you are so predictable.”
Geri tried to walk away her but he grabbed her.
“Let me go,” she exclaimed as she pulled free of him.
“You are not going anywhere,” Robert told her.
“You can’t tell me what to do,” Geri shouted at him as she pulled away from him. “I am going out tonight. Why don’t you just come with them?”
“No you are not,” Robert told her. “I have strict orders you are not to leave the mansion until after the election.”
Geri tried to make a run for it but Robert grabbed her again. She continued to fight him as he threw her over his shoulders.
“Let me go,” Geri replied. Geri hit him on his back as Robert tried to walk toward the mansion. But with Geri fighting him, he lost his balance and he fell. The two of them fell into the rose garden. Geri screamed as she hit the bushes.
Her screams caught the guards at the front door, as well as the Raven, Charlotte, and Lyle who all descended upon the patio.
“What is going on?” One guard asked.
Robert and Geri started to get up and dust themselves off. They were covered in dirt, flower petals, and thorns.
“I wanted to pick some rose,” Geri finally answered.
Robert looked at her unamused.
Charlotte and Lyle just looked at each other laughing.
“Good work, Robert,” Raven said to him.
“Geri, are we going to have to tie you down if you don’t listen?” Raven asked.
“She might like that,” Lyle whispered to himself.
Back at the towers, Julia, Deborah, and Bryan were now sitting on the floor of the elevator.
Deborah was fooling with her phone. “I can’t believe we can’t get cell reception down here.”
“I know,” Julia said to her. “You don’t know how many times I repeated that last time I was trapped down here.”
Julia was sitting with her arms folded.
“Are you cold?” Bryan asked. “Would you like my jacket?” Bryan stood up and started to take off his blazer.”
“I am fine but thank you,” Julia to him. “But that was sweet of you to offer.”
As they were sitting down there, they could hear some yelling but they couldn’t make out what was being said.
“Did you hear that?” Deborah asked.
“I didn’t’ hear anything,” Bryan responded.
“No, I think I heard someone too,” Julia stated.
“Is anyone in there?” They heard someone shout.
“Yes,” Julia exclaimed as she stood up from the floor.
“This is the Monticello PD,” Mae exclaimed. “Who is down there?”
“This is Julia Scott,” Julia yelled back. “I am here with Deborah Saxon and Bryan Church.”
“Are you okay?” Matthew shouted to them.
“Yes, we all okay,” Bryan replied.
“We are trying to get someone from maintenance here to get you out,” Matthew informed them.
“We don’t want to touch the controls until someone tells us that they haven’t been tampered with.”
“It’s just a precaution,” Mae told them. “You shouldn’t be down there too much longer.”
“Do you really think her stalker is behind this?” Matthew asked Mae.
“It may be just a coincidence, but I wouldn’t put anything past him,” Mae stated.
“I think you are right,” Matthew agreed. “We definitely want to make sure no one tampered with this elevator.”
It would be another two hours before a maintenance man proclaimed that there was nothing wrong with the elevators.
“I don’t see anything wrong,” he informed Matthew and Mae. The three of them were all in the basement by the controls. “The power to that car has been turned off. I just need to turn it back on then we can bring them up and let them out.”
“Do it,” Mae told him.
The man pulled a lever and hit a button.
Julia, Deborah, and Bryan noticed it the second the elevator got power again and started moving.
“Thank God,” Julia exclaimed.
“It’s about time,” Deborah stated.
“I am going to send them to the first floor,” the maintenance man informed them.
“That is fine,” Mae said as she left to meet them on the first floor.”
“I will meet you there in a second,” Matthew told Mae. “I am not finished down here yet.”
Mae arrived on the first floor as the elevator doors opened and they all exited.
“Are you all okay?” She asked them.
“We are fine,” Julia answered.
“Yes,” Deborah said as Bryan shook his head in agreement.
“Are you sure you don’t want to be checked out by a doctor?” Mae asked.
“No, we are fine,” Bryan said.
“What happened?” Deborah inquired.
“We don’t know,” Mae responded. “The maintenance man couldn’t find anything wrong. The power to that cart was turned off. He just turned it back on to let you out.”
“Interesting,” Deborah noted.
“How did you find us?” Julia asked.
“You parents were worried when they couldn’t contact you,” Mae answered her.
“Yes, it is impossible to get cell reception in the basement,” Julia told her.
“So they notified Chief Egan, and she sent us out to find you,” Mae explained.
“That was nice of her,” Julia said.
“The towers were the first place we went,” Mae said. “When we saw your car out front we figured you still had to be here. Then when we noticed the elevator without power, we called out to see if anyone was in there.”
“We are so grateful,” Julia told them as Deborah, Bryan and her cell phones all began to get pings. “Five missed calls,” Julia said as she looked at her phone.
“I bet they are all from your parents,” Deborah stated. “I have a few from them.”
“We are finally receiving all the messaged we missed while we were trapped down there,” Bryan noted.
“I have a text from my father,” Bryan announced.
“So do I,” Julia told them. “I bet it says the same thing.”
“Meet me at the office first thing in the morning, and be prepared to work all day,” Bryan read.
“Yes, that’s what mine says too,” Julia said.
“That sure does sound like him,” Deborah stated.
“Now, will he come here and pick me up,” Bryan wondered.
“Don’t disturb him,” Julia said to Bryan. “We can drop you off at your place on our way home.”
“Thank you, that is so nice of you,” Bryan replied as Matthew walked up from the basement.
“Well, if you don’t need us, we should be going,” Julia told them. “It’s going to be a long day tomorrow with the election.”
“You can all leave,” Mae told them.
“Tell the chief I will touch base with her tomorrow,” Deborah said as she left with Julia and Bryan.
“Did you find out anything else?” Mae asked
“Just that there is normally a maintenance man on duty at night,” Matthew responded.
“And what happened?” Mae inquired.
“He left sick earlier tonight,” Matthew informed here. “And the maintenance manager didn’t worry about replacing him since there is normally no one here and nothing going on at night.”
“Well, that is convenient,” Mae stated sarcastically. “The one night Julia gets stuck in the elevator and no one is here,”
“I know,” Matthew agreed.
“First thing this morning we are going to talk to this guy and see how sick he is,” Mae stated.
Later at the mansion, Julia was sitting on the side of James’s bed.
“Are you sure you are alright?” James asked her.
“Yes, I am fine,” Julia answered him. “We are all fine. You should get back to sleep.” Julia said to him trying to change the subject. “You need your rest.”
“How can I now that Sabrina Shaw is dead?” James asked. “And she was going to admit she lied.”
“I know,” Julia replied. “I was shocked when we heard that on the radio on the way home.”
“You should have seen the news,” James told her. “Angela Rhomer enjoyed reporting it too much. She kept mentioning my name like I had something to do with it.”
“You can’t let her get to you.” Julia told him. “She will have here day eventually. I can’t believe Mr. Church hasn’t called since he found out.”
“We have been texting about it,” James informed her. “He said his throat is sore and wanted to save his voice. But he also said he has a plan, and that he will handle it in the morning.”
“Really?” Julia asked. “Did he say what it was?”
“No,” James replied. “And I am getting annoyed he won’t elaborate. “He just keeps texting me and telling me not to worry. He has it handled and to get some rest.”
“Are you serious?” Julia questioned him. “Do you mean he is actually leaving you alone for once?”
In another room in the mansion, Draper and April Scott were asleep.
April was tossing and turning in the bed. It was obvious she was having another night mare.
“No,” she finally woke up screaming.
“What is it?” Draper asked as he turned on the light.
“It was another horrible dream,” April informed him. “What am I supposed to do?”
“What happened?” Draper inquired as he put his arms around her.
“It was about Julia again,” she answered him.
“What about Julia?” Draper questioned her.
“I didn’t see much,” April responded. “But she is tied up with rope. That bastard has her tied up.”
At the Monticello PD, Chris closed the door to her office, and looked at her watch.
“Chief, you are burning the midnight oil,” an officer said as he entered the mostly quiet squad room.
“The Whitneys are good friends of mine,” Chris informed him. “I am trying to help them the best I can. Despite Sky Whitney’s antics tonight.”
“What?” The confused officer asked.
“It’s not important,” Chris responded. “I will see you later. I will back bright and early in the morning.”
“Well, I didn’t expect to find you here,” the officer told her. “But I have something to show you.”
Chris followed the officer to the video lab.
“What is it?” She asked.
“We lucked out,” the officer said as he sat down in the front of a computer. “On the first surveillance footage we got from across the street at the Monitcello Inn. Look at this,” he told Chris as he pointed at the screen.
Chris saw Sabrina Shaw on the screen talking on her cell phone. A darkened figured dressed in black emerged from behind her. You couldn’t make out the face. You could see the darkened figure push the unsuspecting Sabrina out into the street.
“That’s the only footage I have found so far,” the office informed Chris.
“But it is all we need to confirm that Sabrina Shaw was murdered,” Chris announced. “Now we have to find out by who and why.”