Thursday morning, 4:57. The phone jumps around on the night table, buzzing like a hornet.
AD: Hi there.
JSC: What? What’s that?
AD: Jeffrey, is that you?
JSC: Yes, of course. Who’s calling? You know this is Oregon, right? Pacific time zone. You east coast reporters have been ringing all week before dawn.
AD: I’m so sorry to disrupt your slumbers again, but this is Alice…
JSC: Alice? Alice who?
AD: Oh, come now, you’ve been waiting for me to call, haven’t you? You wrote how anxious you were to hear my voice.
JSC: Stop being coy. I’m trying to sleep. Wait a minute…
AD: It’s coming to you now, isn’t it?
JSC: Alice, Alice Don…
AD: Yes. Donovan, Alice Donovan.
JSC: Hell! Where’s my damn notebook…
AD: I read those awful papers and decided I’d give you a ring. Thought you might need some consoling. You were so nice to send me your number, even though you sounded a trifle desperate in your last note.
JSC: It’s been a crazy week. Alice, is this really you?
AD: Would I lie to you, Jeffrey?
AD: Have a little faith. People have been saying you’re so trusting. Trusting to a fault that St. Clair is … a real dupe.
AD: But now you sound suspicious. I was hoping for a warmer reception. I guess you really, really want to see that water bill with my name on it, don’t you? Hilarious. I thought you were joking. It’s such a dull request. So pedestrian. Where’d you come up with that one? The Columbia School of…