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Maddie blew out a long sigh. The comment had followed her most of her life with her parents’ generation, very rare though from someone her age. She liked her name, of course she did, because her parents had put a lot of thoughts into it. Yet, they had probably never thought about the song with the same title.
She met his gaze. “No. Dad was into ethnology.” His blank stare told her he had no idea what she was talking about. “Which part are you having trouble with? Ethnology or the connection to the name?”
He choked back a snort, why, she had no idea. For some reason, she wasn’t able to read him, figure him out, and considering she was going to spend the next half an hour with him in this small space, she should. She took a deep breath, questioning her logic. Why should she? She’d probably wouldn’t see him again and this was reality, not a movie.
“The connection,” he finally explained.
“Mandinka is a tribe in Africa. Dad wrote final studies on them at University.”
“I have to admit I’ve never heard of them, but then again, I have to also admit I wouldn’t have much of a clue when it comes to African tribes. Sorry.”


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Happy Sunday. I’m continuing with my WIP, another Alinta Bay story. Jonah and Maddie are still stuck in the lift.
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There was a moment of silence before the static voice replied, “No Jack here, Maddie. Are you sure he works with us?”
Jonah wasn’t able to hold back his laugh at her referral to the same movie again, and Maddie shook her head with some amusement as well.
“Never mind.” There was some resignation in her words, but she still had a smile on her lips.
“Guys, I’ll switch off, but as soon as I have an update I’ll let you know. Breathe easy, don’t panic, we’ll get you out of there soon.”
Jonah nodded, rubbed his hands over his face. He was fine. He was used to confined space, after all as a diver he did that all the time, yet he was also aware how quickly people could change in stress situations.
Maddie pulled out her phone again, holding it up.
“No signal?”
She shook her head and slid down into a sitting position again.
And so did he. “So Mandinka. Named after the eighties hit?”


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Happy Sunday. I’ve moved on from my Tassie story and would like to introduce you to yet another Alinta Bay couple. Jonah and Maddie, who are still stuck in the lift.
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Jonah gave her a wink. “Let’s tackle the task together.”
A smile spread across her flushed face. They both stepped to the doors, trying to grip the doors on each side as best as possible.
“Okay,” he said. “One, two, three.”
Both put some effort in pulling the doors apart but to no avail. Placing his hands on his knees, he took a few breaths to steady himself as he watched Maddie slide along the wall into a sitting position.
“You okay?”
She nodded. “Never been big on exercises.”
Letting out a soft laugh, he turned to the panel. “Mate, you’re still there.”
“Wouldn’t dare to leave you.”
“No luck on the doors I’m afraid.”
Again, the connection was iffy with static and only broken words coming through, but Jonah got the gist of it.
“I’ve sent a team over. They should be there in fifteen minutes. Will you two be okay?”
“Could you please send Jack? I’m sure he is able to get us out of here.” Maddie asked as she rose back to her feet.


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“Not sure why he wouldn’t be, but, yes, he’s a fine specimen of an adult.”
“May I talk to him?”
Maddie turned to look at Jonah with raised brows. He hitched a shoulder in question as well, but moved closer to the panel again.
“I’m here.”
“Thanks. Could you try to open the doors?”
Jonah cocked a brow, but before he could reply, Maddie piped up, “You do know this is sexism, right? You could have asked me that too.”
Out of all people, he had to be stuck in a lift with a person who walked the path of political correctness. Yet, Jonah remained silent, he wouldn’t dare to step into that conversation. Instead, he moved his hand to point at the doors. “Be my guest.”
There was some static noise from the panel. “Maddie, it has nothing to do with sexism but with the fact that I needed to talk to Jonah as well. It’s not just about finding out what can be done but also what your state of mind is.”
She blew out a massive sigh and slouched her shoulders. “I know you’re right and I do apologise. I just feel so helpless.”
Jonah gave her a wink. “Let’s tackle the task together.”


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“Thanks. What is your name Ma’am?”
“I’m Maddie. Actually, it’s Mandika, but everyone calls me Maddie. Maddie Torres. And we’re stuck in a lift. In Alinta Bay. That’s in Victoria.”
Jonah cocked a brow, crossed his arms, and despite the situation they were in, a touch of amusement tugged at his lips.
“The two of you and nobody else?”
Jonah was certain the security guy had to hold back on his mirth as well.
Maddie’s forehead creased into a frown and she shot Jonah a glare that took all of his amusement in an instant. Focussing on the panel again, she replied, “Yes, it’s just the two of us. Isn’t that enough.”
“Apologies, Ma’am. It most certainly is.”
She rolled her eyes, but remained silent.
“Could you tell me whether the light is still on?”
She blinked, and he had to admit, he didn’t see the point to the question either. He gave her a shrug, but with a little nod encourage her to answer.
“It’s basically dark, except for a dim light.”
“Thanks,” the electronic voice said. “May I ask if Jonah is an adult?”
Turning towards him, she took him in, very slowly, and yes, it was close to awkward. “Not sure why he wouldn’t be, but yes, he’s a fine specimen of an adult.”


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It took him a moment until he understood her attempt to humour the situation. Letting out a soft chuckle, he stood. “There has to be an emergency button.”
Maddie stood as well, but was still unsteady and reached for his arm. “Good thinking.” She reached for a mobile, gave it a flick and pushed a few buttons. “How the hell can you not have any connection in here?”
He raised his brows. “Are you okay?”
She pulled in her lips and inhaled deeply before she replied, “This lift should’ve been on his journey down by now if this were only a little hiccup.”
An eerie feeling trickled through him. A feeling of worry that she was putting on a front or was slowly starting to panic.
“Have you pushed the emergency button, yet?”
He nodded and moved towards the lift controls, hitting the red button again.
“No response?”
Taking a few calming breaths, he tried again, yet, this time a lot gentler. A red switch lit up and a static voice asked, “Triple C Security. What’s your name?”
Maddie stepped next to him. “His name is Jonah.”


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“Are you okay?”
As soon as the words had left his lips he cursed himself for such a stupid question. Of course she wasn’t. Judging by her shaking hands and the erratic breathing she was far from being okay.
Gently, he place his hand over hers and as calm as possible, he introduced himself. “I’m Jonah. Please let me be your friend until we get out of here.”
Hesitantly, she lifted her head and met his gaze. Ever so slowly a small smile crossed her face. “Nice meeting you, Jonah, although it would’ve been nicer under different circumstances.” Her voice was nothing more than a whisper. She blew out a long breath and said, this time with more spark, “I’m Maddie, by the way.”
“Nice meeting you.”
Her deep blue eyes were like a magnet and he couldn’t help himself but stare … until she clicked her fingers in front of his eyes.
“Earth to Jonah.”
He shook his head slightly. “Apologies.”
“I said, I hope the local police didn’t upset a retiree by just giving him the traditional golden watch.”


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Jonah Davies rushed down the hallway and just made it into the lift before it shut behind him. He pressed the button to get to the ground floor, turned, and stood in the corner. The young woman next to the door glanced at him, but quickly moved to stare at the closed doors again.
“Sorry about that,” he offered as an apology, but didn’t get anything in return except an almost imperceptible nod.
His gaze fell to the ground, trying to figure out the strange pattern of the carpet but mostly to ignore the awkward silence. Her sudden sneeze echoed through the little cabin like thunder.
“Bless you.”
Again, she gave him a quick glance and muffled a, “Thank you.”
Obviously, nothing had changed over the last ten years since he’d moved away from Alinta Bay. He’d disliked the place so much in his teenage years that he’d left and started his adult life in New Zealand.
Why had he come back?
Before he was able to find an answer to his own reservations of being here, an abrupt jolt threw him off balance and he plastered his hands to the walls to steady himself. Startled by the darkness, followed by flickering dim lights, he inhaled a couple of deep breaths to calm his racing heart.
He knelt in front of the woman, who crouched on the floor, arms wrapped around her legs. “Are you okay?”


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Ten minutes later, he enjoyed the fresh breeze of the Tamar River as he walked along the foreshore with Kaiser. He took a few deep breaths and his mind started to calm, he started to relax. A sudden jolt from the leash hauled him back to the present. Looking around he figured he was on poop pick up duty. Although a soft laugh escaped his lips, he gave Kaiser a stern look. “You honestly could’ve waited for doing your business until your next walk with dad.”
Throwing the little bag in the next bin, his thoughts drifted into the past again. For a brief moment he cursed Patty. He cursed her for her dishonesty and being more interested in his public profile than him. And, yes, he blamed her for him now doubting anything any woman said. Was he reading too much into Jenny’s words? Had he in fact done the right thing to let Leonie stay at his house?
He shook his head unsure though why Jenny hadn’t mentioned anything about her husband moving out soon.
The phone buzzed, and he retrieved it out of his pants pockets. “Hello.”
There was silence for a beat before she finally spoke. “Hi this is Leonie. I’m truly sorry for bothering you.”
Slightly raising a brow, he asked, “Is everything okay?”
“Yes,” she replied with a bit more confidence in her voice. “It’s a beautiful house. I can actually see you sitting on the porch writing your stories.” And with a little laugh she added, “Although not necessarily crime stories.”


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“I’ll be heading to Binalong tomorrow,” he explained as he stood.
Yet, instead of going to his childhood room, he (Alex) reached for the dog leash in the hall for a walk with his parents’ German shepherd.
“Come on Kaiser. Still light enough to enjoy a nice walk.”
The dog wagged his tail in excitement, making in hard for Alex to hook up the leash. He chuckled.
“I’m taking Kaiser to the foreshore.”
Hans came into the hall. “Are you okay, son?”
Still kneeling next to Kaiser and padding the dog, Alex shook his head. “I’m okay. You know I come here for peace and quiet. If Mum is right, I might head into a storm in Binalong.” He stood. “Was I wrong to offer the house to Leonie?”
A slow smile spread across his father’s smile. “Aren’t you a little overdramatic? It was the right thing to offer Leonie the house. Of course it was. She needed a little help and you’ve been able to give it to her.” He scratched the back of his neck. “As for Jenny, she’s always had a crush on you. But that doesn’t mean there’ll be a storm.” A chuckle escaped his lips. “As I said, that’s an exaggeration.”
“Dad—”
“Have a think about it and sit on it a day or two. I’m sure Jenny will enjoy Leonie’s company. It’s most likely what Jenny needs at the moment.”
Alex blew out a breath before he gave a slow nod in agreement.
“Now go and get the boy some exercise before he passes out with over excitement.”


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