Dr. Kristin St John’s first instinct was to let the phone keep ringing.
A glance at the amber glow of the clock on the nightstand told her it was 3 A.M. A call at that time of the night always meant trouble, particularly on a Saturday. Besides, she’d already pulled her duty today, twelve hours of it at the EIS duty’s officer’s desk. She’d been stuck there until her relief arrived at midnight fielding nothing but routine calls. Couldn’t they give her a moment’s peace?
That must be why they’re calling she thought. Maybe this time of night they couldn’t get anyone else, and they know I’ll be home in bed. Certainly it must be something out of the ordinary, or the officer on duty would handle it.
She didn’t turn on the lamp still hoping to get back to sleep as she groped for the phone.
“Hello,” she said through a mouth that felt dry as cotton.
“Kristin, I’m sorry to wake you, but I think it’s something you’ll want to be in on.” She recognized the voice as Dr. Steve Chin, her replacement on the duty officer’s desk. “It sounds like it’s your specality.”
Kristin sat up straight, suddenly wide-awake.
“You mean E reston?”
“Might be. It involves monkeys in Mindanao. If you’re interested, come on down and I’ll fill you in.”
“Interested? Are you kidding? Just let me get a quick shower, and I’ll be right there.”
this isn't a hook, it's a first page.
And as first pages go, it's toast.
Waking up, answering the phone, then having our heroine hear it's "urgent" but she'll take a shower first....blechhhhhh.
Open with someone's hair on fire. Even if they're asleep.