I’m slow doing the #1lineWed prompt today, which is “WORK” but better late than never, right? And I’m not doing it officially because it’s supposed to come from a WIP. Today’s snippet is from the my newest release, BAREFOOT BAY: DOUBLE TROUBLE. This a “getting to know you” scene between Nick and Peni.
Will you tell me what’s going on?”
She blanched and stepped back. She reminded him of the stray dog that hung around Bagram Air Force Base in Khandahar. The animal had been beaten and starved before it appeared at the PJs’ HQ. Dom spent weeks making friends by leaving scraps and just sitting nearby. Eventually, the dog accepted that they meant him no harm and Scruff became the unit’s mascot. This extreme patience came from the space deep inside that he’d cultivated in response to certain interests he occasionally enjoyed when the right partner came along.
Moderating his voice, he glanced toward a second barstool. “Will you sit down? I’ll get you something to drink and we can talk. Okay?”
Dom backed up, and keeping the breakfast bar between them to ease the girl’s nerves, he headed to the fridge. Like that stray, she crept over to the stool and eased up on it. “How about some orange juice?” At her nod, he pulled a glass carafe from the top shelf, found a glass and filled it. He slid the juice toward her but stayed on the kitchen side of the bar.
“The man who’s hunting you—”
“Mr. Vasile.” She spat the name like it tasted bitter.
Gabe had been right. Now Dom needed to know why she was on the run, and how she’d gotten involved. She had a slight accent—one that came out at odd times. Was she an American? Or had this Vasile asshole brought her into the country on a guest work visa or some sort of bullshit like that. He reached for patience and schooled his voice to sound concerned but noncommittal. “Will you tell me why you’re running?”
“The story’s a long one.”
He offered his charming smile, the one with the dimple as he leaned back against the counter and crossed his ankles. “They usually are. And I seem to have a lot of time to listen at the moment.”
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