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American Honey


American Honey

Detective Ben Raven’s captain at Metro let Stanley and Savuti take the lead, even though it hadn’t been declared a federal case. Ben stood beside them as they looked through the window at Willis. Both his arms were thickly bandaged, immobilized and propped up on pillows, his IV line tethered to his chest. Before they stepped into the room, Ben said, “Mr. Willis isn’t up to making a break for it anytime soon. But the person who hired him might be concerned enough to try to kill him, so we’ll keep a guard on him while he’s here. Hope that morphine he’s on helps you guys.” Stanley said, “He threw me off him and pulled a knife on me. That was humiliating, but it might help us, since I saw how much he dislikes women. I’ll rile him up in no time what with me being the bitch who shot him. It’s unlikely, but I’m hoping, like you, Ben, that the morphine takes enough of an edge off that we can get him singing ‘Kumbaya’ before he realizes it.” The three of them surrounded the hospital bed and looked down at Willis, who was lying still as a stone, his eyes closed. His face was a bit sunburned, and Stanley thought that was odd, until she realized he’d been in jail for a decade, had probably come out pasty-white, and headed straight for a beach or a tanning bed. Willis’s eyes flew open and stared up at Stanley. His grey eyes were light as scattered smoke. Then they turned opaque and empty, and Stanley would swear she could feel the black behind them. She knew all of them had seen eyes like that before. Willis was a seriously bad man. Savuti leaned over his bed, said quietly, “Your surgeon says your arm will heal. Your wrist will, too, assuming you get proper physical therapy, that is. If not, you’ll be as helpless as a toothless dog.” Willis’s voice was low, scratchy with the effort of talking. “You. Feel safe, don’t you, since I’m all bandaged up? I’ll use my arms again, you’ll see, and come for you. I’ll kill you, kill you hard.” He looked toward Stanley. “As for you, bitch, I’ll have even more fun killing you.”

  • ISBN: 9781370068944
  • Author: Cristian Butnariu
  • Published: 2018-04-06 09:00:16
  • Words: 101523
American Honey American Honey