It was the least expected thing. Zach never saw it coming. He was about to hit the gas pedal when Guinevere slipped into the passenger seat. Confused at her actions, Zach simply stared at her.
“I’m coming along,” Guinevere stated.
“I’ll accompany you.”
Zach narrowed his eyes at her, completely baffled. He wanted to talk her into getting out of the car, but somehow he knew she would not budge. Hesitating on whether he should forcefully remove her, he ended up stepping on the gas instead.
“I don’t know much about Jodie’s case, so you’re wasting your time,” Zach said.
Matthias urgently needed him to meet with a few informants to collect documents. His last meet went on a little too long and he was already late for his next.
“Where are you going?” Guinevere asked.
“Places. Here’s your chance to get off,” Zach replied, as the car stopped at a traffic light.
“Who are you meeting?” Guinevere asked instead, just as the light turned green.
“You don’t know them.”
“Maybe I do. I know a lot of people,” Guinevere said with a smile.
If she was playing a game, Zach was not in the mood. Matthias stressed on the importance of the documents and how it would be able to help Jodie. No, Zach did not lie about knowing little about Jodie’s case. He really knew close to nothing except that Matthias could help.
“You don’t. What is it do you want, Guinevere?” Zach asked, taking a sharp turn, which he almost missed.
“Whoa, slow down there.”
“I’m late and you’re distracting me,” Zach honestly said.
“I know you know something about Jodie’s case. I have an inkling, and my inklings are almost always right.”
“Like I said, I don’t know anything,” Zach said. The ride was a rather short one as they finally pulled up at a plaza. When the car came to an abrupt stop, Zach immediately got out, took quick strides over to Guinevere’s side, and opened the door for her. “I’m sorry, but I can’t leave you with the car.”
“I’m not going to steal it,” Guinevere stated.
Zach shrugged and gestured for her to exit. When she did, he shut the door, locked the car, and walked toward the adjacent building. He did not ask Guinevere to follow, nor did he turn around to see if she was. He was hoping she would disappear when he returned.
Just like the previous man he met, the female informant handed him a brown envelope too. She was not very happy that he was late, but she made no complaints about it. When Zach thanked her, she said, “Tell Matthias we’re even now.”
“Sure,” was the only reply he had.
Matthias had contacts everywhere and it amazed Zach that these people were doing him favours. The questionable part of it all was how they gathered information Matthias needed. Were they part of some secret underground society of justice? Zach was starting to let his imagination run wild.
When Zach finally returned to the car, he heaved a sigh of relief. Guinevere was not in sight and he did not stick around to look for her. He hoped she found her way back to the café safely, but other than that, he was glad she was gone.
After making three more stops, the sun began to set and Zach could finally call it a day. He headed to Matthias’ office to pick him up, before driving them to the train station where Zach always got off.
“Thanks, for doing this,” Matthias said.
“It’s my job. Plus, it’ll help Jodie, right?” Zach asked.
Zach could not do anything to help her. So running errands for the man that could was the least he could do. Getting paid at that point didn’t matter. He knew Jodie was innocent and he wanted to help prove it.
“I hope so. The reports should be enough to drop the murder charge. It’s ridiculous how they even tried to play that card.”
“Murder?” That was something Zach didn’t know. The news reports did not state of any murder. All they did mention was the family of Jodie’s deceased partner claiming to own majority of the shares in her company.
“Murder, yes,” Matthias replied. His face showed he regretted having spilled the beans.
“How do you know about this? Who told you?” Zach had to ask.
“Someone. I can’t say. It’s pretty complicated.”
Zach nodded. He knew Matthias was not going to reveal anything else. If only he did, Zach might be able to help.
Just as he wished for an opportunity, Matthias said, “I need you to do one more thing for me.”
“I need you to convince Jodie to hire me as her lawyer.”
It never dawned on him until then, that they were on the hunt for information without Jodie knowing. Matthias was digging on his own, unrequested. What was his motive? Jodie once told him to be careful around Matthias, so he was finally putting her advice to use.
“Why are you doing this?” Zach immediately asked.
“What do you mean?”
“What will you gain from helping Jodie?” Zach no longer held back his suspicions.
“Nothing. I just want to help,” Matthias replied, giving Zach a strange look.
“Why? You don’t know her well, you’re not her friend, you-”
“I know injustice when I see it,” Matthias interrupted.
Zach knew he was challenging his boss and could very well lose his job, but did he get the reply he needed? Was it enough to convince him to act on Matthias’ request? If he manages to convince Jodie to hire Matthias, will it help her or ruin her? Zach had to choose.