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They landed on time at the Campbell River airport.  Max immediately pushed out of his seat hopped out the door and was racing across the tarmac.  Maggy preceded Craig who wrapped an arm protectively around her while managing to carry his equipment he’d tucked safely under his other arm.

Max’s cell phone at his ear, they hopped in and the vehicle immediately raced away, lights blazing, toward the outskirts of town and Cassy.  “Yes, we’re on the ground, heading your way.  What’s the status?”

“They’ve entered the grounds, which appear to be guarded by an electric fence with some sort of secondary protocol.  Not sure what, but at a guess I’d say security of some sort controlled from inside.  It won’t be easy getting in.”

“Good to know.  Sit tight, we’re on our way.”

“Craig, we’ll need your expertise here.” Max explained what they’d noted so far.  “Undoubtedly, if he’s got these precautions in place, I’d say the house would be included as well.  It’s not going to make this easy, but challenge is our middle name, right?”

“Right!”  Craig glanced sideways at Maggy.  “We can do this!”

Maggy had pushed back into her seat, wrapping her arms tightly around her body.  ‘Oh god, Craig, be magnificent, be spectacular, be…’ the man I’m falling in love with.  “Save her, Craig!” she whispered every so quietly.

“You can count on it, Maggy.” Her startled eyes opened wide, surprised she’d spoken aloud.

The car remained silent as Craig worked his genius.  “Yeah, yeah, he’s got security up the wazoo!  It’ll take me a few to narrow down the types he’s using and hopefully a work-around.”  Whispering quietly, ‘shit’.  Trying to minitor and haultall of the devices in one go would require a team prepared to repond immediately.  ‘double shit’ he whispered again.

They’d pulled up to the property in question and Max turned to face Craig.  “Anything?”

“Yeah, he’s got everything!  He spent a considerable amount of time and money on securing this location.  I’d say he has every device possible on the open market, maybe a few that aren’t.”

“Give me what you’ve got!”

“He has Cell phone security, Infrared beam sensor, magnetic door sensory alarms as well as magnetic door sensor alarms.  No one is getting in without him being aware, unless we can de-activate from the inside without him becoming aware.”

“I expected some security but this is above and beyond what even I expected.”

“Yeah, overkill.

 

 

 

Assay

Assay

He was everything she desired

Trustworthy honest inspired

Creative thoughtful and fun

He could certainly be the one

Assay the situation carefully

In control of my own destiny

I wanted him in my life

Forever, with or without strife

He brought to the table something good

You always knew where he stood

Encrusted

Encrusted

 

The most enticingly beautiful walk

Down the path leading to the dock

Beyond the sandy beach to the shore

A walk that filled her soul and more

Sand-encrusted toes squelching silently

The sun offering its warmth, vitality

Fresh sea breezes whispering on by

Seagulls soaring always on standby

Idyllic days and moonlit nights

Encrusting the earth with delight

 

 

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“Yes, sir.  The officers are decked out in holiday gear.  He’ll never make them.  They are from Duncan Detachment.”

“Yes, we have eyes on him.  No, we won’t let him out of our sight.”  The officer was standing ramrod stiff.  “Yes, sir, I know this is crucial.”

“I’ll keep you informed, yes sir!”  Officer Stromwell breathed out.  “Holy shit, this was big!” he said aloud.

“Tenant,  don’t lose them but don’t let them know your following.  You got that?”

“Yeah.  He’s four car lengths ahead of us with a logging truck between.  He can’t see us, but we see him.”

“Make sure that you do and NO heroics, got it?”

“Yes Sir.”

“I haven’t ever seen Stromwell this wigged.  This must be more serious than we thought.  All eyes ahead, alert, don’t let them get passed you,” he said to the undercover officers following.  “We may have to turn off, your up if that happens and you heard the man, no heroics.  Eyes only!”

They followed for 1/4 of a mile and witnessed the van turn off onto an unmarked road, makeshift at best.  The logging truck headed on to Gold River but would take up residence at the corner while they continued on past the turn-off making note of the route the van had taken.  From their vantage point they didn’t see a house or any other structures.  He knew foot recon was in their immediate future.

“Cap, they’ve turned off onto an unmarked road, ” explaining the situation.

“Stay put, don’t let him see you. I’ll get back to you.”

Stromwell forwarded the information into his cell.  “Yes sir, everyone is in place.  Looks like we’re on foot from here on out.”

“Yes we’re in place watching.  No, we won’t do anything until you arrive.  Unless there’s movement and they leave, yes, we’ll stay clear.”

Constant

Constant

Constant is my love for you

With all you say and all you do

There isn’t a favourite hue

Whether red, green, gold or blue

With each moment that passes by

I am thrilled you are nearby

Sharing all that life offers

Filling up personal coffers

 

 

 

Compromise

Compromise, word of the day

Not included in his vocabulary

All or nothing, that was his plan

Stealthily moving against this clan

Playing it by ear, innocents unharmed

Once everyone’s positions confirmed

That was his goal, to extricate all

Down on their knees, they would crawl

One by one he ushered them out

Determinedly moving throughout

Now to put his plan into action

Indeed it brought great satisfaction

 

 

 

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Cassy heard his sigh of relief.  Damn!  The roadblock hadn’t checked the van and she’d had no way of signalling her presence and distress. She couldn’t stop the shudder that wracked her body.  There was no one to blame for her current predicament but herself.  She’d rashly decided to go it alone, the consequences far more dire than she’d expected.

Laying back down, Cassy tried to formulate a working plan to extricate herself from this horrible situation, in tact, in one piece, preferably without bodily harm.  Max was right, it was clear, if he couldn’t have her no one would.  He’d make good on that bet.

Almost as though he sensed her frustration he said, “We’re a stones throw away from home, Cassy.  I’m sure you’ll love the surroundings.  Somewhat secluded, ranchland, privacy and our very own pool.  I know you love swimming so I had the pool repaired.  It’s glassed in and heated so you can swim as you see fit without interruption by inclement weather.”

This was supposed to make her happy?  She wasn’t sure how to respond.  He knew a great deal about her tastes, likes, dislikes, living conditions.  She wouldn’t be surprised if he knew her dress size either.  He’d obviously made knowing her his life’s work.  Horror coated her throat and had her stomach protesting.

How was she going to pull this off – pretending even remotely she liked him and could tolerate his presense when he filled her with vile, disgust, contempt and hatred.

“You’re right, I love swimming.  I haven’t done so since the accident. I’m not even sure if I’m allowed to in case I get something in my eyes.  It never came up.”

“You’re fine, it’s salt water.  I double checked.  It won’t harm your eyes, it’s natural.  It means the water is crisp though.”

Cassy thought, “Oh yay me!”

“I’ll have to give it a try then.”

“Can you tell me more about the house?”

“It’s a four bedroom 2 1/2 bath split.  The bedrooms and one bath up and the main living area down.  You’ll like it.  It’s been redecorated with you in mind, colours you like, welcome fabrics and furniture to sink into. “

Meanwhile, the officer on the roadblock radioed in.  “We just sighted the perp.  He’s heading south on Duncan Bay Road.  My guy just radioed in, he’s headed along Quinsom Rd. heading toward Gold River. “

The officer listened, “No sir, we’re not crowding him.  We have two trucks following and an empty logging truck set to head to Gold River should he turn that direction.”

 

 

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“Thank god!  He’s been sighted.  No sign of Cassy though.  It’s a definitely him,” he told Craig and Maggy.

They listened to his side of the conversation surmising everything was in order and in place.  Maggy sent up a silent prayer it stayed that way and Cassy remained unharmed.

“I have a helicopter waiting at the airport.  We need to move now!  Our ride will be waiting for us.”

“Grab a light bag, Maggy, and be quick, we have the upper hand at the moment, he doesn’t know we’re onto him.”

Maggy was flying up the stairs and throwing outfits into an overnight back before Max had finished.  “Oh god, oh god, oh god!  Please be ok, Cassy, please!  No heroics, just hang in there, the cavalry is on the way!”

She raced headlong down the steps and ran smack into Craig,”Hey, slow down Maggy.  She’s safe.  They are under surveillance, everything is ok.  Hurting yourself won’t help.”

“I know, I know.  I keep telling myself that, but I can’t seem to get my body to agree with my brain.  It keeps wanting to rush.”

“Take a deep breath.  You got what you need?” at her not he added, “Ok, then we’re out of here.”  Wrapping his arms around her he ushered her out the door, locking it behind him, tossing the keys to Max.

“We’re on our way.  We’ll be at the airport in 15 and landing in Campbell in 45 tops.  Keep me posted.  Don’t use any other form of communication but the cell, got it?” Max spoke commandingly, fervently, hopefully to the officer on the end of the call.

 

 

 

Present

Present

Of all the presents before me this day

None was more special on this holiday

Than the sight of my dearest friend

Walking nonchalantly around the bend

Toward me with great presence

A gift so longed for, now present

Surrounded by that air of joy de vivre

I’d yearned for, wished for, for over a year

And as he stood expectantly before me

I was completely tongue tied, yet filled with such glee

I could only stare with pleasure and delight

He’d finally made it and we could unite

Aglow in friendship happiness insight

Exchanging memories, all the fun times we’d shared

Amid an abiding friendship, long ago declared

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Feeling redeemed by her words, he pushed on.  The next gravel road took them to an offshoot by Campbell Rive which meant focusing his concentration on the present.

Stopping the van he turned to Cassy, “I’m sure roadblocks are in place up and down the highway.  Caution is the word of the day, so I need you to get in the back, you can lay down on one of the beds and cover up.”

Cassy slowly moved back and with no way out agreed for the moment. He handcuffed her to the bed and threw a cover over her.  “It won’t be long, Cassy, we’ll be home and quite safe, I assure you.”

He returned to the driver’s seat and checked to make sure nothing was out of place, started the van and moved on.  There was no way to circumvent the roadblock.  He couldn’t run, he had to stick it out.

Slowly inching forward, he cracked his window.  “Problems?” he asked the officer standing beside him.

“Routine check.  Got word there were teens racing the highway.  More than one witness called in.  Hopefully we’ll get them off the road before anyone’s hurt so be careful along the next few miles.  No one seems to know the vehicle so it may not be local in which case they could end up anywhere.”

“I’ll keep that in mind,” Justin assured the officer.

The officer motioned for the other patrol car to preceed the van and the onboard computer captured the driver’s face clearly.  It was him.  No sign of the woman but no doubt she’d be in the back.  Remaining calm and nonpulsed he waved the van on through.

Bards congratulated himself.  It was quite possible it was an incidental roadblock but it was as likely an attempt to find Cassy.  Easing forward, he continued until they were out of view.  Sighing he said, “I’ll have to leave you there for awhile, Cassy.  Otherwise you’ll be back and forth for hours which I’m sure you’d find more upsetting than relaxing.”

“This was relaxing?” she asked herself?  “In  what universe?”  Choosing to ignore him, she lay down and tried to get comfortable.

 

Courage

Courage

Mind numbing fear grasped her tightly

She gazed about ever so politely

Wondering if any could read on her face

The sheer terror that held her in its embrace

One wrong word or movement could result

In the death of family, friends and catapult

Everyone present into chaos and harm

She must make her presentation with charm

Hoping against hope “he’d” understand

Act accordingly, able to withstand

Consequences immediately unleashed

Walking to the mic, heartbeat increased

Her gate was steady and with head high

Determinedly searching for her ally

There he was strong and fierce

Wondering if he’d managed to pierce

The network of malcontents using

This occasion in which they were fuelling

Their unjust cause at the cost of others

He nodded and her gasp she smothered

She went on with her speach as intended

Nothing was changed, nothing amended

 

 

 

 

 

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Max rushed through the door with Craig in hot pursuit.  “What is is Maggy, what did you find?”

She was nearly jumping up and down with glee.  “Look!  Look!  Look!” the staccato words flew out of her mouth, her excitement contagious.

Max drew the photo from her unresisting hand and stared.  “Holy shit!”

“Yeah, right?”

Craig peered between the two.  “What the hell!”

“He’s in a cop uniform and he’s not one of ours!”

“Hell no, he isn’t!  And I’d bet my right nut he’s not from around here either.  I vetted all the cops for this job, especially considering Cassy’s sight issues.  I’ve never seen this ass before, but he’s wearing the uniform and he’s in an unmarked car!”

Maggy added, “And, what’s more he’s sitting out front!  In full view, watching the entire time!  No wonder he had easy access to us, what and where we go, getting inside.  Holy jumping shit!”

“Craig, if he’s connected, there’s got to be a file.  You don’t work for the department without preliminaries.  Find him!”  Max instructed with glee, their first major breakthrough and a good solid lead!”

“Doesn’t mean he’s a Mounty, just means he works alongside or with the department, maybe in another capacity, but it would give him access!”

“He planted himself in the investigation.  Damn it!  I should have thought of that.  I thought I had.”

“Max, that makes me think he’s got access to records, data.  I wonder…”  Craig shot to the desk and opening his lap top, fingers racing across the keys, he added, “Data.  Behind the scenes.  I think we’re onto something.  He could have fixed all the data, erased added, whatever, but there’s always something left behind…I’ll find it!  Guaranteed!”

“Somehow it struck me odd.  That dude hadn’t introduced himself.  All the others working the case made sure to do so.  We knew up front each shift change and all involved.  I didn’t know this guy!  It made me suspicious.”

“He familiar at all otherwise?”

“Nope, never saw him before!  I wonder if Cassy has?”

“Blow up that picture, Craig.  Send it to OUR crew, and only our crew.  Limited access in case he gets wind of it.  I’d rather not spook him.  As long as he doesn’t know we’ve got a pic, he’ll be relaxed, might pull him out of the shadows.  He finds out we know, he’ll go to ground!”

Turning to Maggy he whipped his arms around her, “Maggy!  You angel!”  Max danced her in circles holding her off the ground.

“This is good, right?!”

“Yeah, better than good, this is gold!”

Rube

Rube

In my day a “mark” was a  rube

Easily taken advantage of, a “boob”

Someone trusting, innocent and nice

Easily fleeced, therefore enticed

Into a game of wits, in which he’d loose

Everything he owned, someone obtuse

To the workings of those making a living

Off the hard work of others willing

To lift a helping hand to those in need

Making it easy to plan and proceed

In stealing everything they owned

By those whose skills were so honed

 

 

 

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Max asked Maggy to stay put at Cassy’s for if she could reach anyone, it would be Maggy she’d call and she’d agreed even though, she’d rather have gone with them.  Surrounded by Cassy’s things she found heart warming and poignant, confronted by the yin and yang of it all.  Either she was coming home in one piece or she’d be lost to her forever.

She caught herself pacing and finally decided to put her excessive energy to good use clearing, cleaning,  and every other chore she could think of until there was nothing left to do.

Showered she dressed and hustled to the kitchen table to Cassy’s lap top to poke around, find out if he’d sent or left any messages.  She searched diligently but found nothing useful.  It was a long shot at best but worth the effort.

She was about to give up when something caught her eye  abruptly haulting her.  There!  There it was, plain as day!  “OMG”  she yelled jumping to her feet.  Her hands shook with excitement as she dialled Max’s number.  He’d barely answered the phone when she was shouting, “Max, Max  I found something, on Cassy’s computer it’s important .  How do I send it to you?”

“We’re not far, we’ll double back!”

“What is it?”

“I think seeing is believing and I don’t think I could do this justice,” she promised.

“There in a flash!”

He hung up and looked at Craig, “God I hope it’s something!  We could use a break, a big one.”

“Maggy’s great at spotting details so I figure she’s probably found an important piece of the puzzle!”

Even as he spoke, Max hit the lights and dialed it up speeding back to Cassy’s all the while hoping against hope she’d found something useful!

Costume

Costume

 

As she walked out the door

She knew what was in store

Everyone dressing up today

Unrecognizable in every way

She’d surprise them all she thought

Wearing something they were not

Expecting from her at all

Straightening, she stood tall

Her costume comprised

Of a delightful disguise

Purples red blues and greens

Eye catching colors replacing jeans

Ah yes, she would have fun

Scaring all, putting all on the run

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They’d been traveling down gravel roads, off the radar.  She hoped Max remembered the incident with Gold River and was looking at every possibility. Ok, it wasn’t a great idea she admitted, taking off like that, and unfortunately it worked better than she’d hoped.  What were the freaking odds he’d be at that exact place at that exact freaking time! 

She wondered if Max had alerted her parents yet.  She sighed, they’d be frantic she knew.  Maggy.  Maggy would be furious.  She could probably gauge Max’s reaction and flinched.

“You look stiff, perhaps we could take a break and have some lunch. I’ll pull off soon enough.”

The roads were practically a washout due to heavy storms so the going was slow, Cassy couldn’t even tell how far they’d managed to travel.  Damn!  She was at this point more annoyed than afraid.  She regarded him suspiciously.

He caught the look and said, “I know, I know, it’ll take time for you to see me in a better light, but it will come!”  He reached out and patted her head again.  Again she cringed.

“I’m not a touchy feely type.  I’d rather you didn’t do that!”

“Ok.”  He watched her as if she’d grown two heads.  “I seem to recall you getting all touchy feely with Max and you hug Maggy all the time.”

“Maggy, yeah, we’re old friends, go back a long way.  Max, well, I was drawn in as if I had no will of my own.”

“I knew it!” He pumped his fist in the air.  “I knew you were taken over.  That will change, that will change.  Just as soon as we have him out of your system, you’ll be free again, free to love…me!”

 

Suspicious

Suspicious

 

Her friends told her he was suspicious

That his actions were duplicitous

She went with her heart instead

They dined on wine and french bread

Cheese grapes apples and more

A veritable feast to be sure

Many nights they wined and dined

The man her friends often maligned

But in the end he was the one

He filled her days with bright sun

So glad she’d listened to her heart

He’d been her one and only sweetheart

 

 

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Cassy sat subdued in the seat beside Jason Bards quietly observing.  He’d obviously done some body building since his youth.  Muscles bulged beneath the black tee he wore.  His hair was styled and his movements relaxed. He’d changed his image and he would fit in anywhere from a gym to a classy restaurant.  His mannerisms were deceptively slow, relaxed, as though he hadn’t a care in the world and the world was his oyster.

At first glance you wouldn’t notice the fanatic gleam in his eye that she saw when he looked at her.  As if sensing her interest, he reached across the space between them and patted her hair as though she were a dog.  It was all she could do not to cringe and slap his hand away.  It felt perverted somehow and she felt almost defiled.

“You’re quiet, dear heart.  What’s up?”

“Nothing.  It’s difficult to travel.  The movement makes me feel seasick and nauseous.”

“I’m sorry, Cassy.  I never meant for this to happen.”

“What do you mean?” she asked suddenly alert.

“I,” he sighed,” I didn’t intend for this to happen.  When I doctored your contact solution, I was so exact…it was to be a momentary set back…”

“You did this to me?” her voice contained shock revulsion and horror.

“I know your upset now, dear heart, but I knew I had to get your attention.  I didn’t mean you any harm.  I wanted, expected to incapacitate you, that’s all, I swear it!”  When he reached toward her, she slapped his hands away.

Withdrawing his hand he continued, “I know it will take time to come to terms with what I’ve done.  I also know our love will sustain us through this difficult time.  And I’m sorry for the outcome.”

“I could have lost my eyesight completely.  I nearly did!  How is that love?  How am I supposed to come to terms with this?”

“As I said, it will take time, and I’ll facilitate your recovery every way I can.”

Cassy continued to stare at him in disbelief.  Max was right.  He’d been right from the get go.  The lunatic was responsible for everything.  Worst of all, he expected her forgiveness!  HA!

 

Lecture

Lecture

The lecture was boring

Two factions in mind warring

I’d signed up for this true enough

Determined, I’d called his bluff

Now I was stuck listening

To a subject uninteresting

Suddenly the seat beside

Was instantly occupied

I lifted my head and smiled

Completely utterly beguilded

He wasn’t letting me suffer alone

His fingers caressed my cheekbone

He whispered gently in my ear

I’m not into this subject either

Clasping my hand he tugged me up

We walked away with our heads-up

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Max paced the room, cell phone glued to his ear as he called each post for an update to find out whether she and her captor had been spotted.  Maggy watched him drag his hand relentlessly through his hair at each call and could only assume the answer was a resounding no.

She wondered about timing.  She’d heard the first 24 hours were crucial.  How would this play out she wondered.  It was a small island with only one highway but it split and there were several possibilities if you included the numerous backroads available. It was a massive manhunt and Max was pulling every string leaving no stone unturned and Maggy couldn’t help but smile in delight he was on their side.  If anyone could find this perverted creep, she figured Max could and would.  She wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of that anger.  Although restrained, she felt the anger eminating from him.  It took on a life of it’s own.

Craig was busy contacting every precint on the Island and forwarding pictures of Cassy urging discretion but left no doubt about the urgency of the situation and how the perp might and probably would respond if captured and the danger to Cassy.

She watched hopefully yet impotently then got up and cleaned as she’d never cleaned before.  It was something, she’d do anything to keep the feeling of dread and terror at bay.  She’d never felt this vulnerable and frightened in her life.  Mixed feelings including anger coursed through her veins.  Although she understood the desire to end this, she was durious that Cassy had done this.  She too wanted her life back, but not at the expense of her dearest friend in the world.

Covering her mouth with her fingers, she stared outside.  Her mind busy conjuring up a hundred different scenarios that all ended badly.  Needing the feel of his warmth and assurance, she walked to Craig and wrapped an around around his waist.  He stopped a moment to drop a kiss on her upturned mouth then whispered, “It will be ok.”  Maggy prayed with every fiber in her body it would be so.

Conjure

Conjure

She hadn’t seen him since her late teens

After moving, writing for magazines

That took her on a journey round the globe

So many exciting questions to probe

Yet there he was as though conjured by desire

Looking far more handsome than a tiger

Sleek, dangerous, elegant and thrilling

Barely closing her mouth surprised unwilling

To let him know how absolutely delightful

It was to see him, her once undisputed idol

She’d followed him around like a lost pup

He’d never been angry, always willing to sup

Sharing whatever he’d brought for his lunch

Taking her under his wing, nothing could expunge

Her complete and utter joy, he was her new boss

Nothing could dampen memories as she stared across

The waiting lounge as he strode purposefully toward

Her, smiling that smile that couldn’t be ignored

He offered her his hand in a welcome greeting

His warmth enveloping her, excited at meeting

The beautiful woman he’d once known as a child

Eager to recapture the memories he’d compiled

Inviting her into his office, new beginnings unfold

It would be an interesting ride, that he would behold

 

 

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“Jason Bards.”

“See you do remember me!”  He grinned broadly.

While thinking, ‘yeah, freak who scared me half to death’, she replied, “How could I forget?” A memory instantly flashed of a pencil thin youth with slightly greasy dirty blond hair, in geeky clothes holding a wilted bouquet of flowers toward her and her dad pushing her behind him as he dealt with the unwanted guest.

“We were meant to be together.  Your parents kept us apart.  I knew it wasn’t you.  I didn’t mind you got on with your life, you were supposed to.  You did, and you’re wonderful.  I know, because I followed you closely.”

Changing the subject, hoping to learn more she asked, “What did you do with your life?”

“I became a tech, a damn good one I might add.  It was a passion that proved invaluable for keeping tabs on where you were, what you were doing and involved in.  Then I really lucked out and got a job with the cops in Victoria.  Since this was where you were living … what can I say?”  His smile, although intended to reflec adoration, instead struck Cassy as completely creepy,  a leer that gave her instant goose bumps as a chill ran the length of her spine.

“You obviously know quite a bit more about me than I do you.  Why don’t you fill me in on … everything.”

“I could, but I’m not as interesting as you are my dear.”

“I wouldn’t say that.  I’d like to know the type of skills you’ve managed to acquire.  Tech stuff is completely beyond me.  Like a car, it starts, yay!  We’re good.  My computer turns on, yay! good stuff, but when it acts up or something goes wrong, I’m lost.”