"Hey, Adam," Marcie approached him.
"Marcie" Adam greeted her. "Hey. You come by to help out?"
"I wish I could," Marcie said. "I gotta get back to work but I wanted to talk to Mark really fast. Did he take off or something?"
"Mark?" Adam said. "Mark doesn't teach class today."
Marcie was confused. "Oh I thought he was... I thought he was working today." Marcie knew that Mark had said he was working.
"If he comes by, I'll tell him you were here."
"Umm... no" Marcie said. "No, that's OK. That's OK. I'll... I'll call him later."
"Alright," Adam said. "Don't be such a stranger, OK?"
She smiled, walked out of the Community Center. That was weird, she thought. Mark wouldn't lie to her. Not about something like this. She was worried, knew she shouldn't be, but was anyway. She pulled out her cell phone and dialed.
"Hello?" Nick answered the phone a bit out of breath.
"Nick?" Marcie said. "What's going on over there?"
"We have a... tiny leak" Nick said. "It's... nothing really. Can you just find the valve!" Nick called aside.
"This is a bad time."
"No, we got it," Nick said. "I think we got it. What's up?"
"Is your roommie home?" Marcie asked.
"Yeah," he said. "He just got in. I sent him to shut off the water. Hold on a sec. Hey!" Nick called. "Telephone!"
Marcie waited a moment. "Hello?"
"Mark?" Marcie said. "I thought you were going to work."
"Where are you?" Mark asked.
"At the center," she replied. "But I'm going back to work. Are you OK?"
"Yeah," Mark said. "Yeah, fine. I just... actually... I need to talk to you." Maybe if he told Marcie what was going on, left out the names, maybe she could help him make sense of everything. "Can I meet you somewhere?.."
"Yeah..." Marcie said. "Yeah, how about at the cottage. I can meet you there."
"I'll be there soon." Mark said.
Marcie hung up the phone, curious and worried. She would call Bo on the way to the cottage. He would understand that he had an emergency. She just wanted to make sure that Mark was OK. She needed to be there for him now.
Daniel knew now that he had to put an end to the taunting by Paul Cramer. The only way he could do this was by bringing the murder case to an end. He stood in the parking garage at the Rappaport Gallery, staring dead on at Jens car.
"What are you gonna do, Teddy?" Paul said. "You think putting her in jail is gonna make this end? Hardly."
"I'll figure something out." Daniel said. "Just shut up."
"Jen?" Riley called, seeing Jen stepped off the elevator. Daniel hid himself.
"What are you, following me?" Jen said. "Leave me alone, Riley."
"I wish you would just talk to me." Riley begged. "Jen, I love you."
"Stop saying that." Jen said. "Please just stop saying that. I'm going to jail for something I didn't do. You don't believe me, your Dad's trying to make sure I stay locked up for the rest of my life. I'd be better off is I strung myself up from the rafters in here."
"Don't even say that." Riley said. "God, Jen. Don't."
"WOuld you even care?" Jen yelled. "God, Riley. You don't even believe me."
"That doesn't matter."
"To me it does! It matters to me." Jen stepped away from her car. "Just go away, Riley. Please just leave me alone."
"Jen..." Riley pleaded.
"I don't want to talk to you anymore. I don't want to see you again. Go away." Jen turned from him and headed back into the gallery.
"Jen..." Riley sighed. "Jen..." He waited a moment, had to let her be. SHe was upset. He'd just come back later to talk to her. Riley ran his fingers back through his hair, taking a deep breath. He backed away slowly, seemingly defeated.
"Look at that, Teddy," Paul taunted as Daniel kept hidden. "Sonny's girlfriend thinks she'd be better off if she was swinging from the rafters. Wouldn't that be just peachy for you." Daniel tried to ignore him. "O know what you're thinking, Ted. 'How convenient.' Too bad for you that Jen would never do something like that."
"It would make her look so guilty if she were to kill herself." Daniel said. He immediately shook the idea out of his head. "No. No way. That would kill Riley." Daniel turned, preparing to leave the lot. "I'm not going to have to deal with my killing someone else."
"Someone else?" Jen had come back out to get in her car. "Kill someone else..."
Daniel sighed, looking back at her. "Jen... you should have stayed inside. That was a real mistake."