Excerpt from A Wrong Way Home by Alice Orr.
“Why are you telling me all of this?” Matt asked.
“Let’s just say my loyalty was to Tony Benton. I got no loyalty to nobody else. I could have helped this damned fool, but he wasn’t smart enough to do what he had to do to make that happen.”
“What did he have to do?”
Dawson rubbed his greasy fingers together in a gesture Matt recognized to mean money, probably a lot of money.
“I gave him a chance, but he wouldn’t come across,” Dawson said. “So I’d just as soon see him go down.”
Matt remembered what Kara had seen through the window. Dawson being threatening, except that maybe Dawson didn’t have solid evidence like Benton did. If that was true, Dawson’s threats would have been as empty as his eyes were now.
Telling all of this to Matt could be Dawson’s way of getting even. He was left out in the cold now that Benton wasn’t around to offer a cut in his dirty deals in return for whatever equally dirty jobs Junior was willing to perform. He’d tried for a final payoff, but that hadn’t worked out either. Now Dawson was having his revenge.
“So did you get what you came for?” Dawson asked.
Matt hesitated before answering. He couldn’t help feeling a little dirty himself from just talking to this guy.
“Yeah, I got what I came for.”
Matt didn’t say thank you. He walked fast to his truck and drove away even faster. Away from Vincent’s Garage and Junior Dawson. Matt drove with one hand and clicked Kara’s number on his cell phone with the other. Several rings later, she answered, but it was only her recorded message.
“Leave your name and number and I’ll get back to you.”
Matt reacted to the sound of her voice by pushing the gas pedal closer to the floor.
“It’s Matt. I’m on my way home. Call me when you get this.”
Matt put the phone on the dashboard and concentrated on piloting the speeding truck in the direction of Riverton Road and Kalli Corner. Something told him he’d better get there soon, not just because of what he had to tell Kara or even because of how much he missed her. Like a premonition, something told Matt that Kara needed him, and she needed him right now.
He spun the steering wheel and roared into the Kalli driveway with gravel spraying from his truck tires. The front door of the house flew open, and his mother hurried across the porch and down the steps. One look at her face made Matt’s heart clench with the terrifying recognition that his premonition had been correct.
“Kara’s gone,” Angela shouted as he screeched to a stop. “I thought she was resting in her room, but I just went up to check on her and she’s gone.”
My latest story is A WRONG WAY HOME – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series Book #1 – Matt & Kara’s Story. Available at amazon.com/author/aliceorr. This is my 12th novel and this post is a dramatic excerpt.
Alice Orr – www.aliceorrbooks.com