CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and FIFTY-SEVEN
“Oh fuck, that’s right,” Ferguson said. “I knew this place look familiar. Sorry. This whole thing has been a fiasco.”
“No problem,” Jacob said. “If Delphie’s ready, we can start.”
“Good, that’s real good,” Ferguson said. “I’ll get my men.”
“Any idea where we need to go?” Jacob asked. “What we’re talking about?”
“I pulled the last plan for the house,” Nelson said. “We printed it out and matched the map to where these crimes were committed.”
“Can I take a look?” Jacob asked. He held up the large map. “This is a little behind the times but it will do.”
He looked around.
“Everyone ready?” Jacob asked.
Delphie nodded. Ava’s team nodded. Ferguson and two other younger people nodded.
“The first one is. . .” Jacob said, looking at the map.
“I think it’s one in that section by the ballroom,” Nelson said. He pointed to the “secret” door off the Castle main living room. “Through that door? Blane took me through there. If I remember correctly, there are a few apartments still there? The closest incident to where we’re sitting happened there.”
“Good thinking,” Jacob said. “Do we know what happened there?”
“We have it on our tablets,” Ferguson said. “Let’s walk through the site first.”
“Okay,” Jacob said.
He went to the wall.
“You can get through this door,” Jacob said. “You have to push on it twice to open the latch. There’s a hallway behind. You can also get there from the stairway off the kitchen. The stairway off the kitchen is a little wider if you need to get equipment in. We also opened the door from the outside to the ballroom. They needed a wider space to get the video equipment and the aeration equipment inside.”
“Let’s just take a look first,” Ferguson said. “Ava, your team can leave their stuff here. We’ll walk through and figure out what we need. There’s no reason to second guess anything.”
“Okay,” Ava said.
She nodded to Leslie, Fran, and Nelson. Dr. Bob Parrish came in from the backyard.
“I hope you’re all wearing. . .” Bob held a handful of N95 masks. “Oh.”
“We wear masks in this house,” Jacob said. “Science. You know. It’s big with us.”
Ava and her team grinned while Ferguson laughed out loud.
“Very funny,” Bob said. “Dr. Joan is going to stay with Valerie and Samantha until we need her.”
Dr. Joan Quincy was recovering from colon cancer.
“I’m ready!” Delphie said.
Jacob opened the door off the living room. He let Nelson go first since he seemed to know where he was going. Ava’s team followed Nelson. Ferguson and the two younger technicians came in after them. Delphie and Bob went inside.
Sighing to himself, Jacob followed them into the dark hallway.
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