The Candy Shop

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While Peters and Leon were busily tracking Officer Barkley and relaying directions to Rocco, Kira shoved the 9mm into the back of her jeans, hooked the Taser onto a belt loop and took her temporary cell phone into the bathroom. She wasn’t convinced that they were safe at the hotel and she felt better having a weapon on her.

Turing on the fan, Kira dialed The Candy Shop. She had subconsciously committed the number to memory when she had called in sick several days in a row. The first time she called, it rang and rang and no one answered. The second time it rang only three times and then she heard a voice.

“How may I help you?” Lucas asked and Kira grew suddenly nervous. She hadn’t expected him to answer, then again, she didn’t know what she had been expecting.

“Lucas?” Kira said sheepishly. “This is…”

“I know who you are,” he interrupted. “What I don’t know is why you are calling.”

“Audrey’s in trouble,” she blurted, uncertain of why that particular phrase flew from her lips.

“Ah,” he exhaled. “How ironic that it is the demure one who makes a daring move to help the one who appears most bold. Perhaps you are the strong one after all?”

He was talking in riddles again and this time, stone cold sober, Kira didn’t find it poetic. “You said that you protect your girls, but…”

“I was under the impression that you and your friend were not still in my employ,” Lucas interrupted. “Have I been misinformed?”

“No, we’re not.”

“Then I fail to see how it is my responsibility to provide protection,” he rebutted.

“Do you know that Landon Parker and Ian Nader are murdering your girls?” Kira blurted forcefully. “Christine, Misty, Ilesia, Miranda and Ginger are all dead and Audrey is next!” Emotion caught in her throat and her voice cracked. “They say you’re behind it and that you want me dead too. Is that true?”

Lucas didn’t answer.

“Is that true?!” Kira demanded and her gut told her that Lucas wasn’t responding because he was shocked by what she had told him.

“I will look into this matter immediately,” he uttered, his tone not nearly as smooth as it had been before. “Thank you for bringing this to my attention.”

Lucas disconnected the call and Kira stood frozen for several seconds, staring at her reflection in the bathroom mirror. Was calling him the right move? Would it somehow help save Audrey? She didn’t know, but of one thing she was certain, calling Lucas couldn’t make the situation any worse.

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