Chapter 64: Fear, Threats and BlackmailMature

Rosie's phone flashed - missed calls. Lots of them.

"Rosie, I think you've got some explaining to do. Where are you? Why aren't you returning my calls? Most importantly, why is there blood outside your apartment? Just tell me. Aaron out."

Beep.

"Me again. Just pick up. I'm worried Rosie, alright. I'm scared. You just need to speak to me. If something is going on, then I can help? If you can't trust me, then who can you trust Rosie? It's only me, babe. It's Aaron. Just a word. That's all I'm asking for."

Beep.

"One more time. I'd like an answer. Not only to my calls, Rosie. There are more pressing matters. You know what I mean. Just give me an answer. Remember the situation? Rosie and Aaron sitting in a restaurant. Talking. Remember?"

Beep.

"Rosie, this is Karl, Remember me? We work together. Would be nice if you popped in from time to time. You know, to lead this case. Well I have news. It's so much bigger than we thought. More cases are coming in every day. More people owning up. We need you Rosie. I do. It's been too long. Come back soon."

Beep.

"Aaron again. Although I'm sure I'm the only person stupid enough to still be calling you. If you won't tell me about the blood, I'll just assume the worst. I mean, that's not it, is it? You aren't dead in that flat of yours are you? That you interrupted some bloke breaking in. Just tell me you're alright. That you're alive. Anything. Please. I love you."

Beep.

"Rose. You are just unreliable. Call me. We need to talk. Now."

Beep.

"Alright. I am sick of this now. I understand that it was quite sudden, Rosie but I thought that it was the right time. Just tell me. Do you want to see me again? You can't be dead - your car's gone. No broken glass either so it wasn't stolen. And you're trained. No thief would get the better of you. I haven't known you for long, but I know that. Just call me."

Beep.

"Karl again. I know it hasn't been long and that you probably have some perfectly reasonable reason for not calling but this can't wait. We just got a call in. From Scotland. They said that something bad just happened. Something very bad. You must have seen it on the news. Well, assuming that you could see a tv or something. On the radio. Are you in the car? You're probably driving. Just listen to the news. What they didn't say was that it was like our case, just much, much bigger. Rosie, call me. I don't mind how, at work, at home, whatever. Just something. It's me."

Beep.

"This is not funny, Rose. Surely you know that I am not the type of person that you ignore like this. You are involved, no getting out. Remember that. Remember what you sold yourself for."

Beep.

"Rosie, I was just approached by this man, right outside your place. He said that he knew what you did. He had the body to prove it. He wants money. What are you involved in Rosie? Because whatever it is, I'm caught up in it now too. That man threatened me. I'm in just as much trouble. So please, for my sake, call me."

Beep.

"It's Karl. Last time, I promise. Just give me a text if you can't call. Anything. I am your brother after all. They want you in Scotland. Well, they want you everywhere. I got a call from Japan today! Can you believe it? YOu said the other day that you wanted to go there - now you can! See you soon!"

Beep.

"Last chance, Rose. If you don't call now, things are going to get nasty. I am the wrong person to get on the bad side of, girl."

Beep.

"Rosie... Help... It's Aaron... I saw the man... that man again... Your black... blackmailer... he got me... some sort of... of.. of poison or something... He said... CIA... Why?... Help me... I love you..."

Beep.

"Been to the hospital - they just saved me. More luck than judgement thoug. You've missed out on a real weird day, Rosie. When I joined the force, I never thought it would be this dangerous. Or exciting. But Aaron needs a day off now. And I want answers. One - where are you? Two - why won't you talk to me? Three - what have you done? Four - why are the CIA blackmailing you? Five - why did they just try to kill me? Lastly - will you marry me?" 

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