The van shook as its diesel engine started.
We drove off slowly.
I grabbed the phone and pressed the on button again. I could immediately see two bars appear, letting me know I had reception. Please please help me I mentally said, momentarily finding some faith in a higher power.
I started typing the imprinted digits of my home phone number I had rang so often, then paused staring at the number. I wanted so much to tell Alison I loved her. I clicked the red stop button, shuddering that I had even considered doing this. It would have been indulgent and selfish to endanger Alison by speaking to her.
I dialled the only name on the phone again. My heart missed a beat when I heard a ringing sound. I hoped with all my heart someone would answer.
Suddenly it stopped ringing and went silent before I heard an unmistakable 'Hell-l-l-o.'
'Kirk. This is Rob I need you to listen' I shouted in a whisper down the phone. 'I am being driven back right now from the Assembly, to the place where the helicopter crashed, we left 5 minutes ago, they are looking for gold bars I told them I have hidden. Can you ..'
I heard a beep sound, then the phone went dead. I tried to power on again but it only lit up for a millisecond then died again. There was nothing more I could do. I had given myself a small chance to live if Kirk could somehow help me.
But surely Kirk is dead? I thought.