Prologue - Anomalies
Chuck was slipping. Dan and Blair. How could their relationship be anything but a joke? But it wasn't a joke. It was real. She had said so.
The plane jumped, and the glass of scotch shattered in his hands. He stared down at the blood with distaste.
"Sir, let me help you with that," Armond, Chuck's new valet, suggested.
Chuck raised his hands and let Armond remove the shards of glass and clean off the blood.
The blood reminded him of the crash. There must have been so much blood. In the car she had sworn she would never leave him. Sworn it. What had changed? He couldn't get her to explain herself, if it was really some ill-conceived pact with god, wouldn't it have expired with the dissolution of her marriage to Louis? There was something else, and he was going to figure it out. Track down the anomalies. Jack was there at the hospital, as Lily has said. He wished he had known that earlier. Jack was a wild card; Jack was an anomaly.
Chuck studied two slim files provided by his detective, which outlined Jack's recent activities and the activities of his assistant, Adrien Daniels.
Chuck unearthed his cell phone once his hands were bandaged.
"Karen, this is Chuck Bass."
"Yes, Mr. Bass. I'm afraid Mr. Ori is out of the office. I'll let him know you called."
"Unnecessary. I'd like you to scan the complete version of my father's will and email it to me within the hour."
"Oh, but Mr. Bass, if you wait for Mr. Ori, he could summarize it for you."
"I don't want a summary. I want the entire document, and I want it immediately, or I will be looking for a new attorney."
"There's no need for threats. I'll scan it," Karen jittered.
As Chuck constructed a plan, the plane descended smoothly.