I’ve got the next chapter of Staring at the Sun up and ready read. And a more laidback weekend ahead. Thank goodness for that. 🙂 And here’s the beginning of Chapter 7:
Cassie felt like her feet were glued to the porch. What was happening? She was supposed to be safe here. Grady promised her she would be. They shouldn’t have been able to find her.
That was definitely Jake driving that SUV up the drive. She’d always felt a little uneasy when he’d come by the house to see Henry. Jake was probably only too glad to do Henry’s bidding.
“No,” she whispered. “No, I can’t go with him.”
“You won’t.” Chief stepped up behind her and putting a large strong hand on her shoulder. “Go in the house. I’ll take care of this.”
Before she could do what he said and take Raven with her, the SUV jerked to a stop and the back door opened so fast she assumed whoever was back there had kicked it open. Someone stumbled out, another figure following right behind.
Chief’s hand tightened slightly on Cassie’s shoulder. “Barb,” he breathed.
Cassie saw Barbie was exactly who stumbled out of the SUV first. “No,” she gasped, taking a step forward. She couldn’t let Barbie be used against her.
Chief yanked her right back. “Grady would never forgive me if I let something happen to you.”
“You can’t let anything happen to her either,” she insisted. “She’s your son’s wife. Eric would -”
“I know,” Chief said gruffly. “I know, Cassie, but it’s my job to protect you today. I can’t fail.”
She wanted to argue with him about that. She wasn’t any more important than Barbie. Barbie had been a part of this group from the beginning. And a part of all their lives longer than that. It would devastate just about everyone in this club if something happened to Barbie. Whereas Cassie really only meant something to Grady and Trace.
“How’d they even get to her?”
“She doesn’t like to watch the men leave. Especially lately. She says good-bye to Bull and goes for a walk. They’d have seen her from the other side of the property.”
Cassie didn’t know why the ‘especially lately’ part was significant, except Bull had been acting more protective of her lately. So, she wondered. “You have to let me go, Chief. I won’t forgive myself if she gives her freedom or life for mine.” Or, if Cassie was correct, her baby’s life. “You have to let me go.”
“This is an impossible choice.” She heard the battle in his voice. “I think of Grady as much of a son as Eric. You’re his. I can’t choose one of you over the other.”
The man pushed Barbie closer to the porch, and Jake stepped out, his gun pointed at Cassie. “Send her down here, old man, or both of them die.”
Well, that’s not looking too good for them, is it? If you want to see what happens next, you can read the rest of the chapter here.