“Slow down, Virgil!” yelled Red. “We don’t need the cops
pulling us over.”
Virgil sped out of the parking lot, recklessly navigating
the van up the winding mountain road.
Virgil smiled, exposing his missing teeth. “Geez, Red, you
whine like a little girl.”
The van started to shake violently. Virgil looked in the
side-view mirror just as the left rear tire broke loose and bounced across the
road. Sparks flew and the smell of hot metal and asphalt permeated the van. The
van swerved. Virgil fought to keep control, but it was too late. The van
flipped and rolled down the side of the mountain, landing upside down. A large
tree stopped it from plummeting down the steep hill.
Anna Gallo arrived at the coroner’s office the next day. She grabbed the attention of every man in the office. She was tall and slender, with long black hair pulled back in a ponytail. Her olive complexion was flawless. She wore a red jumpsuit covered in bright multicolored butterflies. A pair of black patent leather sling heels completed her outfit.
The hedge across the street from the
Riley house had become his regular hiding place. James’ daughter and son-in-law
arrived with the older couple that had picked them up at the airport. He watched
them unload their luggage from the trunk, confirming where they would be
Once James was in the house, he started to climb out of the hedge.
He stopped when the black Shelby parked in front of his hiding place. He
thought it was safe to move when the driver started to walk across the street,
but then the driver returned to the car.
Startled, he stepped back into the hedge, causing a rustling
sound. The driver walked closer, staring into the hedge.
He held his breath; his heart was beating so hard it felt
like it would explode.
It was at that moment that he heard the distinct howling of
cats fighting. The two cats ran through the hedge, ran past the driver, and
continued running down the street.
The driver shrugged his shoulders and walked away.
Now, he had never been a fan of cats, but those stupid cats had
just saved his butt. He decided it was time to get out of there. He had all the
info he needed for now.