Abby glanced at the sleek, burgundy Spider Ferrari and tried not to drool. “Honey, why don’t you ever buy me anything like that?”
“Come on Abby. Seriously?”
“Don’t you love me?”
Jacob took her hand and pressed it to his heart. “Every day, babe and then some. For what it’s worth, if I could afford it, I’d buy you a dozen. But you know, it’s a good thing I don’t have to show how much I love you by buying expensive things.”
“How about little things?” Abby kissed him softly on the lips.
“That goes without saying. Why just this morning I bought you this.” Jacob pulled a small box out of his pocket. “Last night at Parker’s, I came across this small trinket I thought you’d like.”
“Maniac. No doubt it’s something for you to enjoy as well. Only a guy would buy his woman a trinket from the hardware store.”
“Parker’s happens to have some very fine items. Stop your complaining and open it.”
On the verge of whining for no good reason, she shut up, opened the lid and laughed.
“See I knew you’d like it.”
“Oh thank you darling. Just what I always wanted. A drill bit.” Abby pulled it out to find a note and a little red square with a silver button on top. She unfolded the note which read ‘very clever and very dear, the answer is oh so near.”
“What does it mean, near?” She looked around, then back at the note. X’s and O’s lined the edges of the paper along with a compass rose in the middle of the page, pointing north. “You and your puzzles.”
“You’ve missed zero so far and the answer is right in front of you.” Jacob grinned and planted his hands in his pockets.