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curtains, he could see the car plainly. The light snapped on downstairs.
For a moment, nothing happened; the men merely sat in the car and
watched the house. Finally the car began moving down the street with its
lights out. Then, out of range, the driver flicked on the lights and the
car disappeared. The downstairs light snapped off and a moment later
Beth came into the room.
"Perhaps they saw the crash..." she began, but he cut her off short.
"No one saw me crash."
"I mean, later," she explained. "After all, a wrecked car on a highway
"Car? Beth, I didn't crack up in a car. I crashed on a wooded mountain
in a private plane."
"Oh, darling, don't be silly! You've never been in a plane in your
In the darkness of the room, Nick could only stare in stunned amazement
at the moonlit outline of his wife.
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