I’m not quite so sure about that, but what I do know is that I’m not very popular at the moment. I had an unsettling phone call earlier today – unfortunately I don’t know who it was from and I wasn’t able to obtain their number.
Sorry my dear, I’m getting ahead of myself as usual. Please come in – would you like a cup of tea or coffee? Tea – good choice, as I’m ready for a cup as well. Let’s get ourselves settled before I tell you about the mysterious phone conversation.
Right, that’s good. Now that we both have a lovely, hot cup of tea and some shortbread biscuits I’m ready to begin. No, dear, don’t be silly – it’s not “Listen with Mother”!
I had just finished my breakfast this morning. Actually I was a little ahead of myself because the clocks changed overnight. They went back by one hour. What do you mean, you haven’t altered yours? You surely have checked the time today. I know that mobile phones automatically change the time for us, but surely you heard on the news that we changed the clocks for the winter months. It was a little lighter this morning, but it was quite dark at about 5.30pm. I was saying that because the clocks altered overnight it meant that I woke at my normal time, but it was actually one hour earlier, so even though I took my time over my cups of tea, I was up and dressed by 8.30 am rather than the 9.30 as normal. I then had my breakfast. Oh you really want to know what I had? OK, I had overnight oats with fruit compote, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Please let me just get back to the phone call, otherwise I’ll forget and end up not telling you anything at all. It rang at about 10am and I was a little surprised as it wasn’t my mobile ringing, but the landline. Now only a few people have that number. I don’t use that phone very often, but I like to have it for emergencies and when I am ringing a company or the bank. Very few people ring me as I don’t give that number to anyone – mainly because I can’t remember it.
Anyway, the phone rang and once I had worked out what the noise was, I answered it. The voice at the other end belonged to a man – I’m really sure about that, but he appeared to speak in a whisper. I suppose he may have had a sore throat, but it sounded rather metallic to me. This voice then went on to say that I was poking my nose into things which didn’t concern me and that I really wasn’t aware of what was going on.
I was completely flabbergasted, and couldn’t think quickly enough to say much, but I did ask who he was and why did he think it was a good idea to ring me. He then continued as if I hadn’t said anything. He said that I needed to stop interfering in things which weren’t any of my business and that if I wanted to reach my next birthday I needed to forget everything which I had seen.
Now, I was very confused – I haven’t seen anything. Well, nothing recently, and even in the past I have only been on the periphery – on the edge of things, but not specifically involved. The voice went on to say that “they would be watching me, and I must take care of myself”. That, to me sounded like a threat and I wasn’t sure what to do. I felt a little frightened – well, you would be if you had a call like that!
The voice then said that I needed to listen to his words – and this was my first warning. He said that he didn’t want to contact me again because that wouldn’t be good for my health. The phone line then went dead. I sat there and just shook! I couldn’t think straight, but knew I needed to tell the police yet didn’t want to call my contact.
After a few minutes, I decided to text Teddy and asked her if she was available to come round for a coffee. She replied immediately and said that if it was OK with me she’d be round in about an hour. I responded to say that would be great and I would see her then.
About 45 minutes later I had another text from Teddy saying that she was on her way and would be here shortly. A little while later the buzzer sounded which I answered. Teddy’s voice came through and I pressed the button to allow her through the front door to the building. I went to my door and opened it and a minute later Teddy arrived.
She took one look at me and asked what was wrong. I suggested we had a pot of tea which I had already started to make. The cups and saucers were out, together with side plates ready to receive their shortbread biscuits.
Once we were settled with our drinks I explained to Teddy about the phone call. She was horrified and quite upset on my behalf. She understood why I’d called her rather than ringing the police direct. She rang a police inspector friend and colleague and told them what had happened and said that I was concerned that someone may be watching who is coming and going. Her contact said that he didn’t think that would happen, but suggested that he could arrange for a woman officer about the same age as Teddy to come round. He suggested that Teddy should leave in a short time and then come back with the woman police officer and Harry – Teddy’s little dog, while they were dressed in casual clothes, as if coming back from a walk. As Teddy pops in and out so regularly no-one would be likely to think anything of it, particularly with Harry and a female friend with her.
So that is the current position my dear. I don’t know what will be happening, other than there will be a listening device added to my phone which will record all calls. Fortunately that phone is used so rarely so it will be easy to monitor incoming phone calls. So my dear, I’m a little upset at the moment as you will appreciate. I’m going to make another drink while I have the flat to myself. As Always –
With Love – Jan xx