Judging by the way she looked, it was impossible that Avery was fine.
Even the children could feel that something was wrong, and it was not a small matter either.
“Take your sister and have dinner, Hayden. I’ll take dinner upstairs to your mother,” said the nanny.
Hayden took Layla’s hand and led her to the dining room.
The nanny prepared a tray of food and took it upstairs.
In the master bedroom on the second floor, Avery’s trembled as she pulled the tape recorder out of the box.
Without a hint of hesitation, she hit play.
“Rumor has it that Professor James Hough had a last pupil whose skills surpassed his! Tell me who it is!”
“I don’t know. The professor never told me.”
The familiar voice on the recording caused Avery to tremble more!
It was Wesley’s voice!
“I see. Since you don’t know, then I’ll cut off your finger and send it to the most likely candidate… Let’s see if we can get her to come here.”
The speaker sounded ominous; the voice was eerily sinister.
What followed was the sound of a knife slamming onto a surface and a shocking scream!
Wesley’s cry of sheer agony made Avery cry!
Tears blurred her vision and her hands clenched into fists. Her nails dug into her palm, but she did not feel any pain!
The nanny stood in front of the door to the master bedroom with the tray of food in her hands.
As she was about to knock on the door, she heard a scream that came from within the bedroom.
She ran downstairs with the tray in horror.
“She’s not eating?” asked the bodyguard when he saw the nanny come down the stairs with the tray ladened with the food she had prepared earlier.
The nanny walked over to the bodyguard, then whispered, “Hurry up and call Mike. Tell him to come home right away. Something’s wrong!”
“Is Miss Tate in trouble?!”
“No! It’s that package… It was something scary!” said the nanny softly as she glanced over to the dining room.
The children were in the middle of dinner, but their eyes were fixed on the nanny and the bodyguard.
“Go outside and call Mike. I’ll check on the kids,” the nanny said, then headed toward the dining room.
The children were young. No matter what was happening, it would be best not to involve them.
After Mike got the bodyguard’s call, he sobered.
He was having a meeting with the Sterling Group managers over dinner. They had invited him to dinner.
He was there because the news of Elliot’s and Avery’s tryst had spread throughout the company.
“Chad, something’s up. I have to go,” Mike said to Chad as he got up from his seat.
“What’s wrong?” Chad saw the worried look on Mike’s face, so he got up and left the room with him.
“The bodyguard called and said Avery has received a mysterious package… She opened it, and then she locked herself in her room,” Mike explained as he pulled out his car keys.
“You drank tonight! Get someone else to drive you,” Chad said. “Or you could take a cab…”
Mike only had a bottle of beer that night and was not drunk at all, but he obediently put his keys away.
“I’ll go home and check on things. If it’s nothing, I’ll come back and drink with you guys.” Mike patted Chad on the shoulder and said, “Go on back inside!”
“I don’t think it’s nothing.” Chad felt uneasy. “Text me when you get home.”
Mike gestured an “OK” sign at him, then hailed a cab.
Over at Starry River Villa, Avery walked down the stairs carrying a small suitcase.
When Avery saw her mother with the suitcase, she burst into tears.
“Where are you going, Mommy? It’s so late! It’s dark out! I don’t want you to go!”