The payphone with no mouthpiece was a neighborhood joke, which was why Albert was surprised to see a man lift the earpiece and put quarters in it.
“Hey buddy, that’s busted!” Albert took another swig of Thunderbird and staggered closer. The man listened to the earpiece a moment, then slammed it down.
“What’d you hear in there?”
The man spun around, his face contorted with rage. “You wanna know? Really?”
“I’m running around the world blind while my daughter is kidnapped somewhere. Satisfied?”
“How much they want for her?”
“Nothing. She’s special. Drink up.” The man walked away.