Thursday, July 14, 2011
Excerpt from Deadly Reflection
"Police! Hold it right there. Drop the knife and don't move."
Cassi whipped around. Looming several feet away, cloaked in shadows, stood a man. Her eyes went from him to the mutilated body, then back. She ignored his harsh command and scrambled to her feet.
He strode closer, forcing her gaze up a tower of muscle. Dark stubble roughened his jaw line and, glinting in the dim forest, his hard, angry eyes locked with hers.
This was a policeman?
What kind of cop slunk around a swamp, hovering near dead bodies? The shoe did not fit.
"I said, put down the knife. Now!" The man wiped sweat from his brow, moved closer, and reached for her.
Cassi raised her hand, forgetting she still clutched the knife. He froze, muscles bunched like a jungle cat ready to pounce. Going light headed, she gulped in air and cast a furtive glimpse around. Except for the droning insects, hushed silence surrounded them.
She was alone, and at his mercy.
Rufus pressed against her legs, emitting sounds somewhere between whines and growls.
Cassi dropped the knife.
"Get 'em!" she shouted, giving Rufus a hefty shove. Resisting, the stumbling dog crashed into the man.
"Damn it!" he yelled, as Rufus' big puppy feet tangled with his long legs. He skidded, arms windmilling, and landed flat on his ass.
"Son of a bitch."
Rufus took off running.
Cassi seized the moment and followed. If this was a cop, she'd face the consequences later. Right now, she just wanted to escape and get out this swamp.