CHAPTER FOUR HUNDRED and NINETY-TWO
“I think I’d have to be in a prison to keep away,” Ivan said. “Especially after everything that’s happened this year.”
“Have you thought about what you’ll do if she decides to come here or to the Royal Ballet?” Ben asked.
“I will cross that bridge when it comes,” Ivan said. He blew out a breath. “It’s a little different for me. I’ve spent so much time working with her to become the best ballerina she can possibly be. We have worked so hard, especially this year since we almost died. I want her to succeed. I am immensely proud that she has the chance to even interview here, let alone get accepted as a student at both schools. It’s a dream come true — for me as well. But…”
Ivan stopped talking and shook his head.
“What will happen to you?” Ben asked finally.
“To us,” Ivan said.
“You could come with her,” Ben said.
“I don’t want that,” Ivan said. “And why would she? She deserves someone who is deeply interested in their own questions, not someone sitting around waiting for her to come home. In order for us to succeed, I must find my next wind, change tack, and sail forward.”
Ben nodded. They fell silent, each man lost in his own thoughts. Finally, Ben looked up at Ivan.
“I read your conversation on the plane ride over,” Ben said.
“That was fast,” Ivan said.
Ben lifted a shoulder in a shrug.
“You didn’t finish all you had to say, did you?” Ben asked.
Ivan shook his head.
“Will Sissy be safe here?” Ivan said.
“I believe so,” Ben said.
“Why do you believe so?” Ivan asked.
“He has no idea that you’re talking to us,” Ben said. “You’ve already implicated him in cases where he was the suspect. They have a lot of documentation, ‘proof’, but no one to say that they were there. As soon as your conversation was transcribed, they put the word out. They now have two witnesses to the murder you spoke of. The next time he leaves Russia, which is supposed to happen in the next few days, Interpol will pick him up.”
“Even if he is not behind bars,” Ben said. “I still believe that Sissy is safe here, and probably at the Royal Ballet. Both schools are closed schools and…”
“A man came into ballet school where I was teaching,” Ivan said. “His intention was to kill Sissy and myself. That is a locked school with security guards.”
“Point taken,” Ben said. “I am sure that Claire will invite Sissy to live with us. That will help us keep an eye on her. But you must know…”
Ivan looked up at Ben.
“Now that this threat has been leveled, Sissy is not safe in New York or Denver either,” Ben said. “Neither are you. Until this is dealt with, it’s best to be careful everywhere you go.”
Ivan nodded. The men fell again into a long silence. Ivan finished his cognac, nodded to Ben and left for bed. Ben sat watching and remembering for another hour before heading to bed himself.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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