It was a week or so later when the irritating pre-set apple ringtone woke him up. Annoyed, Jake rolled over in bed not bothering to check his caller ID before answering as the bright screen of his phone hurt his eyes.
"Hello..." He answered half asleep. hearing Henry's voice on the other end only added to his annoyance. "Huh? Who? No, I'll erm...call her. Ok." he hung up before looking to is left where an equally half asleep Kate was propped up on one elbow.
"What's going off?" She asked her brain not being able to string too many words together.
"That was Henry, there's a man on the roof of the CPS saying he'll throw himself off unless he speaks to us..." Jake told her as he got out of bed.
"Who is he?" She questioned, slowly dragging herself from the warmth of the sheets.
"They don't know, but Ronnie called him, he called me and I'm meant to be calling you." He gave a small smile before they both got dressed and left for the office.
Walking up to the roof with Ronnie leading and Henry walking behind was unnerving for the both of them.
Ronnie stopped in his tracks in front of the door. "Now I may not be a psychologist but I don't think this guy is what he seems..."
"What do you mean?" Henry asked, he'd not spoken to the guy yet and was as in the dark and Jake and Kate.
"He just doesn't seem like a jumper. Like he's got something else planned. I don't know why he wants to speak to you two, maybe you can find that out yourselves. But I think you should be careful, he seems aggravated about something..."
The two of them nodded and Ronnie opened the door letting them through and Henry and himself followed them.
The frozen air cut into their skin, the wind making Kate's eyes water. The moment she saw the man's face she lost her breath. Henry did too. Jake and Ronnie however had no idea on who this man was. He was a tall man probably in his mid to late forties with dark hair. He had a scar on the right side of his face and wore a long dark coat.
"Silverman." She said in shock.
"Miss Barker." he gave a smug look. "How delightful to see you."
"You'll understand I do not share the pleasure." Kate spoke in a cold tone but Jake could hear the tremor in her voice. He hadn't heard it many times before but he knew what it meant. It meant she was scared.
"Who is he?" He asked her.
"Eric Silverman, an old client..." Kate replied. "What do you want?"
"How are you, Miss Barker?" His voice would make anyone's skin crawl.
"Recovered. What do you want? You're not here to kill yourself, you love yourself too much to do that."
"Only way I could get to see you." he paused. "You see, Miss Barker, I'm dying. I don't have very long left. Before I go I wanted to see your face one last time, I wanted to people who love you to know what I did, I want them to know what you are."
"Why? What did I ever do to you? We lost the trial because you were guilty!"
"Maybe you just weren't good enough. Isn't that what your daddy used to say."
"Don't bring him into this." Kate shook her head. "Haven't you done enough damage?"
"Kate, what did he do?" Jake reached for her arm.
"Go on then Kate what are you afraid of?"
"Shut up." She snapped.
Silverman reached into his inside pocket producing a gun. He pointed it at her. "Tell him."
She swallowed. She didn't want to tell him, she'd spent so long trying to put everything behind her, to pretend it didn't happen. "He tried to kill me." She said. "After we lost the trial he pushed me down the stair at the courthouse. Putting me in a coma for two months."
Silverman laughed. "We know that's not all that happened though. Don't we?"
"I left defence and became a prosecutor." She still wasn't saying everything.
"The CPS employed someone who was mad!"
"I was ill! And I recovered before returning to work."
He thought a moment, "How's that sister of yours?"
Kate went to lunge forward but Silverman moved backwards. He jumped as Jake grabbed Kate pulling her back. Silverman fell. he hit the ground. he was gone.