She took the phone from the table near the door, and quickly pressed the buttons. Smiling at them, she listened to the phone ring, then Cole’s hollow voice began to speak.
“I know better than to call his cell.” She smiled at them as she chastised herself. “He’s always leaving it in the car.” Her sweaty fingers slid across the buttons as she dialed Cole’s office number. “I always tell him something like this is going to happen when he goes to the office so late.” The phone rang in her ear, and the officers stood watching her with the insistent smile as she waited for her to answer the phone. “His car was obviously stolen car. It’s happened before,” she babbled while the phone continued to ring in her ear.
Listening to the insistent ringing, Alexis blinked rapidly as tears pooled in her eyes. He did not answer. Her fingers trembled, and she lost her grip on the phone. It dropped to the floor, and echoed the melancholy ring into the room.
The officers rushed to her, catching Alexis before she disintegrated to the floor, and placed her wilted body on the divan. Thunder crashed in the angry clouds, ending the painful memories. She glanced forward, meeting Mandrake’s, the driver, eyes in the rearview mirror. His expressionless, scarred face gave her no comfort. His eyes darted back to the rain drenched road ahead, not wanting to betray her privacy, but not before he saw the distressed redness of her eyes.
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When Alexis’s parents, then husband, are mysteriously killed, she finds sadness and depression running rampant in her life. A simple invitation to Parsons Manor brings her exciting feelings and memories. Though she questions the intent of the invitation, she readily accepts, and is whisked away to her childhood home filled with secrets. Wandering the halls and yards of Parsons Manor, she cannot escape the feeling someone is watching her. Afraid no one will believe her, she doesn’t speak of the paranoia she feels.
After a member of the kitchen staff plummets to her death from the third floor balcony, Gabe Parsons becomes worried, but he acts as though nothing is out of the ordinary. But when the downstairs maid is brutally murdered, and Alexis is abducted for the second time, he knows he must act before the prophesized curse comes to fruition changing everything about their lives.