By Gemma Halliday
First i locate out that my boyfriend is dishonest on me. Then he’s pegged because the number one suspect in a homicide. And now he’s reckoning on me to transparent his identify. heavily? up to I wouldn’t brain gazing him squirm, i do know that he’s blameless. So I’m pushing aside my formerly untapped detective abilities and setting out to company. yet I hold tripping over lifeless our bodies and I’m nonetheless no in the direction of knowing who did it. And what’s worse: all symptoms appear to aspect to me because the killer’s subsequent sufferer. i actually have to decide a greater boyfriend subsequent time.
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Sam rounded the corner onto Beacon and pulled our clean-burning machine to a stop with a quick cough of relief from the engine. Which was starting to smell like French fries. Beacon was like any other street in suburban Silicon Valley: California ranch-style homes built one right next to the other, squares of lawn out front with mature trees acting as a buffer between the street, minivans and SUVs with those little stick figure families in the back windows resting in every drive. By seven, the neighborhood would be filled with the scents of meat loaf and the sounds of Jeopardy.
I asked. “MySpace account. ” I wrinkled my nose. “MySpace? ” “Exactly. ” Good point. “Just message me there if you need me. ” I nodded. “Thanks again, Hartley,” he said, and leaned in as if to kiss me. I quickly turned my face away. He awkwardly stood up, moving to the window. “Josh,” I called, watching his long, lean frame climb over the sill. He paused, turning so the shadows played across his features, softening them in the dim light. ” He smiled. That million-dollar, charm-the-pants-off-any-girl, Josh DuPont smile.
He looked up, his gaze suddenly pleading. ” He paused. ” I let out a short bark of a laugh. ” I crossed my arms over my chest. But Josh leaned in and took one of my hands. I could feel my resolve weakening. I tried to stay strong, to remember that ball of rage I’d felt looking into his locker that afternoon. But his hands were warm. And after the day I’d had, they felt nice. Familiar. Comforting. ” My voice came out barely a whisper. He leaned in and I could smell the minty gum on his breath.