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Apr. 11th, 2005 @ 12:21 pm Phone Call
Arica dialed the new Boston Office's main number, hoping to get in touch with Jack.
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From:gildasinclair
Date:April 11th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Gilda finished the sentence she had been typing and picked up the phone, saying simply, "Agent Bristow's office."
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From:aricamuse
Date:April 11th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
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"May I speak with Jack Bristow please?"
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From:gildasinclair
Date:April 11th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
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"May I ask who's calling?" Gilda asked.
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From:aricamuse
Date:April 11th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
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"It's Arica."
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From:gildasinclair
Date:April 11th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Gilda glanced at the approved agents and personnel before saying, "Hold please." She switched the line to Jack's office line and told him who was waiting to speak to him on the other line.
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From:jackdbristow
Date:April 11th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
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The phone rang, and Jack picked it up, "Yes, Gilda?" The secretary told him was on the other line, "Thank you." He pushed the button for the line Gilda had indicated and said simply, "Jack."
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From:aricamuse
Date:April 11th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
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"Hey Jack, it's Arica."
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From:jackdbristow
Date:April 11th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
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"Hello," Jack said, "How are you?" He asked, slight concern shading his tone of voice.
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From:aricamuse
Date:April 11th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
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"I'm... here," she replies hesitantly. "I think you know I've had a hard time lately. Thankfully the baby's okay. Eric and I are thankful for that."
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From:jackdbristow
Date:April 11th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Of course he knew about what had happened recently to her. While no one could or ever would replace Sydney in his heart, Jack had felt what could only be described as a father's indignation at the cruelty she had been put through by Sark. Even now after his death, Sark was still reaching out from the grave to torment her.

“You survived and your baby is fine. There is that to be thankful for,” he said in agreement with her. “Do they know yet who abducted you?” Of course he knew that the police had originally suspected Weiss as being somehow involved in the entire ordeal.
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From:aricamuse
Date:April 11th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
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"No," she replied softly, pain evident in her voice. "I just... I want to just be able to live my life and not have to be afraid," she said, her voice tired. "I'm so scared it's going to happen again, despite what everyone's doing. And Eric's just as scared as I am."
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From:jackdbristow
Date:April 11th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
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There were options for them to be safer but they would require Arica and Eric to give up the life they had now to into indefinite hiding. It was something no one wanted to consider and so Jack hesistated to even mention it, “Have you considered going into witness protection?”
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From:aricamuse
Date:April 11th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
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"Eric and I did talk about it, after the first time. But I didn't want to. I'd still spend my life looking over my shoulder. Witness protection would mean paperwork, which would leave a trail. And you know if they want me, they'd find me anyway."
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From:jackdbristow
Date:April 11th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
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The only other options he knew would be to have agents (or privately hired security) posted around their house 24/7 , suppliment by another detail to follow Arica around whenever she left her home. Or she could be taken into protective custody but in the end that would have the same effect on her life and the lives of her family as going into witness protection. Arica was unfortunately correct in if the people who did this to her really wanted to do it again, they would find a way around any protection measures taken.

Jack would not make empty promises to her, but he did wish to help her any way possible, “Come to the office once you’ve arrived in Boston, so we can discuss keeping you and your family safer.”
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From:aricamuse
Date:April 11th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
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"Thanks Jack," she sighed. "We'll be up there as soon as Eric ties up the loose ends at CTU. I just wanted to make sure my credentials had arrived. I called the lab, so I thought I'd call you too. It's good to talk to you again. You're doing okay?"
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From:jackdbristow
Date:April 11th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
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"I'm fine, thanks," he replied, a little too quickly.
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From:aricamuse
Date:April 11th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
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"The last year hasn't been easy for anyone," Arica agreed, reading his tone. "I don't know how I survived this last time... I don't think I could again."
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From:jackdbristow
Date:April 11th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
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"You're stronger than you realize or know, Arica," Jack replied. "They say whatever does not kill you makes you stronger."
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From:aricamuse
Date:April 11th, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC)
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"I know they say that... but Jack I already hurt so much. I'm barely able to keep treading water now. Eric thought that leaving L.A. might help... I hope it does."
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From:jackdbristow
Date:April 11th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
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To be honest Jack had had the same hope. He had hoped that by leaving L.A. for awhile it might help to ease his grief. Because of the cold facade he normally wore, the world might believe the death of his daughter had little or no effect on him. But the truth was Jack was grieving deepily for Sydney, and he tried not to let it show in his voice when he replied to Arica, “I hope so too.”
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From:aricamuse
Date:April 11th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Arica could hear the grief, but respected the man enough to not embarrass him by asking. "Thank you for everything you've done for me. I mean, heck, you've saved my life twice."
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From:jackdbristow
Date:April 11th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
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"You're welcome," he said, at a loss for words. Then clearing his throat, he pushed away the emotions their conversatios had brought on, "I'm sorry but I need to return to work now."
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From:aricamuse
Date:April 11th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
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"Okay I'll see you when we get there," Arica said softly. "Take care of yourself Jack," she added
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From:jackdbristow
Date:April 11th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
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"You too and be careful," Jack replied, "Bye."