At first Jordan didn’t know what to do.
Call an ambulance.
Pray… this must be a bad dream.
Before he could decide, he heard a scraping noise coming from the house.
It was silent enough to be mistaken for something else… it was also loud enough to make Jordan freeze. At this point he could swear his heart stopped for a few seconds too.
The rain had begun falling again… softly this time.
He took a deep breath as he analyzed his situation.
Fact one: Rene was dying … or was dead already, he couldn’t be sure
Fact two: Her assailant was most likely in the house, waiting for him… watching him
Fact three: Rene’s car was in the driveway, but the keys would definitely not be there
Fact four: It was dark
Fact five: He had been on that spot for approximately 46…47…48 seconds
Fact six: He had to move
His brain did the ‘math’. He leaned over to his dog and whispered in its ear, “assaillir”
In that second, two things happened.
He grabbed Rene and ran for the gate
Bane, his dog, growled and ran for the house
As he ran past the gate, he heard Bane bark and the grunt of a man’s voice
It had been Rene’s idea to train Bane in French. They both spoke the language fluently and she thought that it would be ‘interesting’ if their dog could understand it too. He also ensured that Bane was military trained. So there you go… one military trained French hearing dog coming right up… there was little that money couldn’t buy. With the right words, he could turn from a tail wagging Alsatian to a meat seeking monster! “Assaillir” (Assault) was one of such words.
He just needed about a minute to get to his destination.
Come on Bane!
Thankfully, Rene wasn’t too heavy to carry. He was 10 seconds away when he heard Bane whimper loudly and go mute.
Rest in peace Bane
At least, he had bought him a few precious seconds.
He barely made it in time as he heard the gate open and footsteps slap the pavement.
He dropped Rene carefully, frantically brought out his cell phone, typed and sent a message, slipped it into her pocket, looked at her one more time and ran off again.
At least she would be safe for the time being
He took another path and doubled back to the house.
Bane’s body was near the doorway as he ran past.
He ran up the stairs as quickly as possible.
He had to be sure
For now he was safe. Coming back to the house was the last thing he believed his assailants would expect him to do.
The house was still dark. He opened his bedroom door and cautiously made his way in.
He felt the cold steel of the gun to his head before hearing the calm voice that followed