The next morning Jennifer called Evelyn and told her they would like to stop by. Evelyn sounded grateful to have someone come by and was anxious to find out if they learned anything about the pills. She invited them for lunch and Jonathan had a light day at the office so they agreed and arrived at Evelyn's about noon. The housekeeper showed them to the patio out back where Evelyn was waiting for them with a man neither of them recognized. Evelyn and her companion both stood up upon their entrance.
"Jonathan Jennifer, I am so glad you decided to stop by." Evelyn hugged them both then pulled back, "This is Frank's brother, Carl. Carl, this is Jonathan Hart and his wife, Jennifer."
Carl smiled and extended his hand, "You were Frank's boss right?"
Jonathan smiled, "Yes and his friend."
"Well, let's sit down. Marie will be bringing out lunch in a few minutes. Would either of you like a drink? Non-alcoholic, Jennifer, of course."
Jennifer smiled, "Just water please."
"Alright." Evelyn replied, "Jennifer and Jonathan are expecting their first." She explained to Carl
"Congratulations." He said taking a sip of his drink
"Jonathan, I hate to keep bothering you but have you found out anything about those pills?"
"Pills?" Carl questioned
"Oh, Evelyn found some pills when going through some of Frank's things but they didn't have a label so I had the police run them through the lab." Jonathan explained, "That's really why we wanted to come by. Those pills were a heart medicine called Digitalis."
"Heart medicine? Are you sure?" Evelyn asked
"Yes, I know my father takes it for his heart." Jennifer informed her, "Did Frank have a heart problem?"
"No, he only took medicine for his cholesterol. He was in good shape and ate right but high cholesterol runs in his family."
"Evelyn, do you know anyone named Jerry?" Jonathan asked
"No, I don't think so, why?"
"Well, Frank had a note on his calendar at the office to meet someone named Jerry the night he died." Jonathan explained carefully
"It must have been business then. We don't have any acquaintances by that name." Evelyn said again
"No, his secretary kept all his business appointment on her calendar." Jonathan explained then looked at Carl, "Do you know Jerry might be?"
"Oh uh, no I don't, sorry." Carl replied, "But what would any of this have to do with his death. He had a heart attack."
"Carl, Frank didn't have a heart problem but if he was taking digitalis it would give him one." Jonathan explained further
"You, uh, you think Frank was murdered?" Carl asked stammering a bit, "Is that what you are driving at?"
Jonathan immediately picked up on his agitation, "We're not saying anything just yet but there are some questions that need to be answered."
"Jonathan, do you know where Frank would have gotten those pills?" Evelyn asked, dumbfounded by this revelation
"No, Evelyn we don't but I'd like Lieutenant Gray to continue to look into this." He replied
"Of course." She said, "I want to know what happened to my husband."
"Is that really necessary?" Carl inquired, "I mean, I don't want to put Evelyn through any more than is necessary."
Jennifer found his demeanor nothing short of perplexing, "Don't you want to find out what happened to your brother?"
Carl fidgeted nervously, "Of course, it's just that Evelyn has been through so much."
"Carl, it's alright, I want to know what happened." Evelyn assured him as Marie came out with the lunch, "Now, let's enjoy this lunch." She said effectively shutting down the conversation
After lunch as Evelyn showed Jonathan and Jennifer out, she felt the need to apologize for Carl, "Please don't take him the wrong way. He means well. I think he feels responsible for me. But you tell Lieutenant Gray to do whatever he feels he needs to do."
Jonathan smiled, "We'll get to the bottom of this." He assured her, kissing her on the check, "We'll be in touch but you call if you need anything."
Jennifer and Evelyn hugged, "Thank you both, for everything."
LATER THAT EVENING
Jonathan and Jennifer were curled up by the fire and enjoying a peaceful evening alone. Max had found a poker game and they found Guido's pizza, complete with anchovies, at least on Jennifer's half. It seemed the reverse had occurred, normally she hated them, but now she craved them. Jonathan took a sip of brandy, Jennifer's head resting on his shoulder.
"You know, I really look forward to Max's night off." He told her, "But next time we should probably order a bigger pizza."
She sat up and looked at him, "You said you didn't want anymore. If you didn't want me to have it you should have said something."
"And deny the mother of my child the food she so desperately needs? Never." He quipped
"You think you're clever, don't you, Mr. Hart?" She grinned mischievously
"Clever?" He questioned, "I'll show you clever, Mrs. Hart." He said and began to tickled her midsection
"Jonathan, stop it!" She squealed, "Stop!"
He continued to tickle her sides, "Not until you agree to go to bed with me."
She wriggled away from him, "Are you trying to seduce me, mister?"
"Without a doubt." He grinned taking her hand
They headed upstairs and fell onto the bed making love with an intensity that was characteristic for them but with a cautious gentleness that hadn't been there before. He let her be on top, feeling it would be safer for her. He kissed her lips, her neck and her breastbone trailing down her abdomen with sweet kisses. Afterward they lay tangled together breathing in rhythm with each other.
"You want to take a shower?" He suggested
"Is there any other way?"
She laughed softly, "You certainly are amorous tonight."
He smiled, "I can't help it."
They showered enjoying the hot water beating down on them. After drying off, Jonathan walked into the dressing room to find Jennifer naked, inspecting her body in front of the full length mirror. He stared for a good long while taking in the changes in her appearance. Her normally flat abdomen was beginning to fill out a bit and her breasts were fuller too. He crossed the room and put one arm around her shoulder and ran his other hand across her abdomen.
"You are simply breath taking." He whispered kissing her in that spot behind her ear that drove her crazy
She felt a shiver down her spine and laughed softly, "You sure know how to flatter a girl." She said her voice taking on a raspy quality he found irresistible
He ran his hands over her shoulders, "It's true." He said kissing the top of her head
She walked over to the closet and put on a nightgown, "Yeah well just wait a few months."
He walked over to the double sink and began to brush his teeth, "Darling?" He asked as he spit out the toothpaste
"Hmmm." She called as she walked into the bedroom and getting into bed
"I know we talked about it earlier but I just can't get Carl's behavior this afternoon out of my mind." He told her as he changed into his pajamas
Jennifer set the alarm and picked up her book off the nightstand, "I know. I can't either."
He came out and got into bed beside her, "I guess the question is why?" He said leaning back against the pillows, "Why would he do that to his brother?"
Jennifer put her book down and looked over at her husband, "I don't know, Darling."
Jonathan sighed heavily, "Well I'm sure he knows more than he's telling but I guess we'll have to see what Hershel turns up." He looked over at Jennifer and noticed her eyelids beginning to close, "You must be exhausted."
She moved closer to him and he pulled her into his arms, "I think the hormones are winning, at least tonight." She laid her head on his chest
He kissed the top of her head, "Then just relax and go to sleep." He told her, "Sweet dreams, my darling."
She smiled as her eyes closed and her breathing became deeper. The sleep finally over took her
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
Carl waited in his car parked outside a dump in East L.A. and in a few minutes another car pulled up beside him. The door opened and someone exited the car and came around and got in on the passenger side of Carl's Lincoln Mercury.
"Why the hell did we have to meet here?" He asked
"Because I couldn't risk Evelyn or those nosy friends of hers seeing me. They don't exactly frequent this end of town." Carl explained
"So you said Hart saw a note on Frank's calendar."
"Yeah and he's got the police looking into things. This guy has a lot of pull."
"You want me to take care of him?" He pulled out a 45 and a wicked grin formed on this lips
Carl grabbed gun and put it in the seat, "Are you crazy? That will only make the cops more suspicious." He told him, "You just lie low and don't draw attention to yourself."
"Hey, don't worry about me. I've gone this long without getting caught." He informed him
"Yeah, well Jonathan Hart isn't so easily fooled nor is he one to give up just like that." Carl replied, "But there might be one weak spot for the self-made millionaire."
"And what is that?"
"That pretty wife of his is pregnant." Carl explained, "If it comes to it, she might be just the leverage we need."
He began to laugh and the sound was more of a cackle, "Just say the word."
Carl exhaled heavily, "Only if we have to." He reiterated, "And Jerry, don't do anything stupid."