A Life Less Ordinary
so were finally back to that chase I mentioned at the very start
I round the corner, knowing Im far enough ahead to be safe now, and throw open the door to the room that constitutes my back-up plan. Okay, so old habits die hard. Putting Dog down, I wait for a few seconds until I hear the pounding footsteps. As she appears, I grab her and pull her into the room, shutting the door firmly behind us and glaring at her.
What was that for? I thought we were beyond this, Parker.
She shrugs, leaning against the wall to catch her breath. Just trying to keep up appearances.
For who? Do you know how many blocks ago Lyle gave up the chase?
Well, I didnt notice, did I?
I eye her empty hands. So that would explain why youre not carrying your gun.
Snorting, I bend down to pick up Dog who has been looking from one to the other as if were both crazy. Actually, come to think of it
So what are you doing here anyway?
I eye her in amusement. You werent paying a lot of attention when you got stopped outside that church, were you?
I was distracted.
I can see her eyeing my left hand and cant help grinning. No, Parker, Im not the person getting married. Dont worry, Im not going to dive in to something like that, at least not with anyone else, not after what we went through in Barrow.
As Im about to leave the room, she grabs my arm.
Have you heard from Rebecca lately?
I shrug carelessly. I havent talked to her for a few weeks. Why?
Lyle got a report that Andromeda was down here. I thought you might know.
Why on earth couldnt somebody have told me when I called? All the things Ive been imagining, and thats all it was. Rolling my eyes, I glare at her again. If she knew what Ive gone through in the last four days
So now I get to find out what the lot of you were doing here. You could have told me at the start. It would have made things a lot less complicated.
Oh, everybody. Reaching into the pocket of my jacket, I pull out a small pack of all-natural cold remedy. Something about her voice on the phone a few days ago gave me the clue
If youd thought to mention it at the beginning, you could have already been back in Blue Cove, curled up on the sofa with a good book in front of the fire, instead of the fun little thunderstorm that the weather report mentioned youre going to have to fly back through this afternoon, with one person reading and the other trying not to get sick all over your lap while the third sulks in a seat opposite you, unless, of course, youre lucky and Lyle thumbs a lift with someone else.
In my best flight-attendant manner, as I put the package into her unresisting hand and open the other door of the room, I smile. Have a nice day!
Even as Im climbing into the car, I can hear her snort. With such a blocked nose, that cant be pleasant
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