The Veil – Part 15

Hello, my Freaky Darlings!

How are you? Did you have an exciting weekend? Read anything interesting?

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Without any further ado, here’s the latest part of The Veil for your reading pleasure.

*

I sat and waited for Carol to come walking around the corner and onto my deck. If I’d learned anything over the last few years, it was that Jack was never wrong. I knew I wouldn’t have long to wait.

“Hey, Babe.” Byron’s voice drifted out towards me from inside the cabin. “You coming in any time soon?” His voice had a hint of concern and impatience.

“In a minute,” I shouted back even though I knew it would be a lot longer than that.

“I’ll be in the shower if you want to join me.”

The foot rub was clearly off the table, but I couldn’t help the smile that found its way onto my lips. Even though I wouldn’t be able to take him up on the offer because of Carol, the shower was also way too tiny. The two of us would never have fitted. It was the thought that counted after all.

But how would I explain Carol’s arrival to him?

The moment arrived before I could thoroughly think things through. Carol walked with her head down and didn’t see me.

“Hello, Carol,” I said. The startled expression on her face was priceless.

“Hi.” Surprise gave her voice a sharp edge. “You’ve been expecting me, then?”

“A little birdie told me you’d be stopping by.”

“Really?” Anger coloured her cheeks and gave her face an ugly look.

“Yes, really. So, what do you want from me?”

“Straight to the point.”

“Yes,” I said, trying to keep my emotions from betraying me. “Life’s too short for bullshit and games.”

“Especially with a certain little birdie in one’s life,” Carol said. She sounded exhausted.

I simply nodded.

“But you’re also afraid the new boy will find out what he’s got himself into, aren’t you?”

“He’s got nothing to do with this.” It was my turn to be surprised that she even knew what was going on in my life.

“If you say so,” Carol said with a sickly sweet smile, clearly enjoying my discomfort.

“What do you want, Carol?”

“Answers,” she said, as she walked towards me. There was something in the way she looked at me that made me doubt that was all there was to it. She wanted more. But what she really wanted was the mystery. And then there was Jack’s agenda to consider. Why hadn’t he stopped her from getting to me? What did he hope to gain from this little confrontation?

*

Jack had warned Sarah. Carol’s troubled mind reeled. She hadn’t expected Jack to tell her. Why would he do that? What game was he playing with her this time?

The gun in her pocket made her feel more secure. She didn’t remember grabbing it out of the safe at home or sticking it in her pocket. The moment she touched it, her hands stopped trembling. If push came to shove she wouldn’t hesitate. No matter what, she would get the answers she needed, and nothing Jack or Sarah could do would stop her.

Sarah’s sudden movement forced Carol to take a step back and get a firm grip on the gun.

“Since you’re probably going to be here awhile, would you like a cup of coffee?”

“Do you have anything stronger?” Carol asked, loosening her grip on the gun.

“Isn’t it a little early for alcohol?”

“Since when are you all holier than thou?”

“I’m not. It’s just … Never mind. I’ve got wine.”

“Is that all? Nothing stronger?”

Sarah shook her head.

“Okay, coffee will do.”

“You might as well come inside,” Sarah said, turning away from her and walking into the cabin.

It would have been the perfect opportunity to put a bullet in Sarah’s back, but then she would never get what she came for.

*

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