Darlene kept the barrel of the gun aimed at Jeff. While waiting for a deputy to arrive, she contemplated whether or not to trust him. Her mind considered the facts: he was a long-time family friend and her father’s business partner, but he also tore her family apart before faking his own death.
“It’s not me you should worry about, Dolly. Your father is the evil you should fear,” Jeff said, interrupting her thoughts.
“I can prove it. Give me chance.”
Darlene focused on the center of his chest. Two to the chest; one to the head, she coached herself.
“Your husband has secrets of his own,” Jeff continued. “Lucky break, him marrying you…”
She clenched her jaw, willing herself not to cry. Stubbornness was a family trait that only sometimes worked to her advantage. This would be one of those rare instances.
Jeff grinned with the smugness of a gambler laying down a royal flush. “Do you really think a small courier business could pay for a home in Scottsdale, a cabin in the forest, and a vacation home in St. Thomas?”
Darlene’s mouth opened, but words refused to form.
“Didn’t know about that last one, huh?” He laughed.
“I can’t!” Darlene grabbed her purse and ran out of the cabin. Jeff was right about one thing: she couldn’t shoot him. But she couldn’t listen to his lies any longer, either.
She fished her keys from the side pocket and fumbled with the remote. Finally, she heard a beep and the click of doors unlocking. She slipped the gun into her purse and tossed it in the passenger seat before flopping into the driver’s seat. Through her tears, she managed to get the keys in the ignition. She spun the car around to the dirt road, leaving a fog of gravel and dust behind her.
On Highway 87, she passed a Gila County Sheriff patrol car headed in the opposite direction. Soon, Jeff would pay for his deceit.
LUCKY (adjective): producing or resulting in good by chance; favorable
This continues Darlene’s story (if you haven’t read the other parts and are curious about what has transpired so far, here are the links:)
I’ve been without internet access for much of the past week. Due to the fact my smart phone frustrates me, I haven’t done much blog reading, or any updates around here. I have limited access now and am working on catching up on what I missed. Please be patient…I swear I will stop by soon 🙂