Chapter 8: “Something You Should Know”
E: You need to come in
Tina: I know. I’m sorry. I will.
E: I’m serious T. Don’t miss another session or I’ll have to report your ass
Tina: Lol. I won’t.
Although she had added a smiley face and “Lol,” to Erica’s text message, in real life she rolled her eyes. Erica was cool but she was still a therapist and Tina was still her client. One more reminder text, call, and email and Tina was going to scream. Before Az showed up again, she never missed a session but that was before she knew what she knew. And even though Erica was the most down-to-earth, most friendly homegirl-type therapist she could have asked for, she still couldn’t tell her everything.
Tina rubbed her temples with her thumbs. She was sitting in her car outside of the office deciding on what to do. Maybe Erica’s right. This is crazy. I need to just go home. Tina started the car. Freddy had turned up nothing on Jason anyway. She couldn’t help him if she wanted to. The sound of a new message appeared. Damn Erica.
Janiyah: Miss Bernice wanted me to ask if you were on your way.
Tina sighed in relief. It was just Niyah.
Tina: On my way now 🙂
Janiyah: K 🙂
“I know where he is.”
Tina dropped the phone and jumped at the sound of Az voice. He had made his body smaller and was sitting in the backseat of her car.
“Don’t do that!” She shook her head.
“You always say sorry and then you keep doing it.”
“I know where he is. You can stop him.”
“Why? Why me? Why can’t you just let me live my life?”
“I told you. Ronnie opened a door when he agreed to work for Big Sam.”
“What’s she got to do with it? Besides, Ronnie’s dead, as you already know,” Tina sighed. To be an angel he sure was simple minded.
“Ronnie may be dead, but a door is still open. You are still connected. This is your purpose. It’s what The Power wants.”
Tina shook her head.
“He’s visiting his parents in Oak Park. From there he will head to a friend’s house, but they aren’t there.”
“I don’t like the sound of that,” said Tina looking at Az through the rearview mirror.
“It’s too late for his friends but you can save him if you hurry. He’s wrapping up now. I can show you the way.”
“Okay but how am I supposed to stop him?”
“Be creative. You’ll figure it out.”
Az vanished, leaving an address on Tina’s GPS that will lead her to Jason’s parents house. But the address vanished and a map of the city with red lines appeared.
Tina tapped the GPS system, trying to get it to go back to the address.
“It’s too late for that,” said the GPS lady voice, “he has already gone. Follow the instructions on your screen. Hurry. There is not much time. Turn left on Columbia Boulevard.”
Tina rolled her eyes, knowing the voice was really Az. She picked up the phone to send Janiyah a text.
Tina: Not gonna make it in time for dinner. Tell Miss Bernice I’ll pay extra. See you in a bit.
Amy stood by the window of her office and shook her head. Tina had left fifteen minutes ago but was still sitting outside in the car, her hands moving around.
Freddy packed up his things to go. It was the end of the day and the rest of the staff had just left.
“Come over here a sec.”
Freddy walked over to the window and stood next to Amy, both of them peering out the window through the blinds.
“What’s she doing?” asked Amy, frowning.
Freddy watched in surprise as Tina waved her hands and appeared to be talking. “Is she on the phone?”
Amy turned to face Fred. “Do you see a phone? She’s talking to herself, again!”
Freddy sighed, shaking his head. He didn’t want to believe it was true. He knew she was seeing Erica. He had recommended her after Ronnie’s death. Maybe it was too early for her to be back. Amy turned back to the window.
“Told you,” she said, her arms folded.
Fred walked away from the window and pulled his cell from his pocket. He didn’t care for Amy too much but damn it if she wasn’t right. He put the phone up to his ear as it rang, shaking his head at Amy still peaking through the window. She was so nosy. He turned his back, grabbed his belongings and headed for the door as the line picked up.
“Hey Erica. It’s me. You got some time? There is something I think you should know.”