TITLE: A Love To Kill For
GENRE: YA Contemporary
Alex knocked four times, and a viewfinder slid open. “Someone ordered a Bloody Mary?” she said, her passphrase to get in. The viewfinder shut, a bolt was drawn back, and the door opened inward.
Habitually, she went upstairs to Adriano’s office. Donny, a broad, muscular type with dark hair and a tan, greeted her in the waiting area with a wide smile, gesturing for her to take a seat on the leather sofa. Her hand relaxed from hovering over the knife hidden at her hip; she never went anywhere without it. After taking a seat, Donny did the same, uncomfortably close to her.
“How’s college?” he asked, being friendly. She often wondered whether Donny had a thing for her.
Don’t mix business with civilian life, don’t mix business with civilian life, don’t mix . . . “Fine. And business?”
“Good. I’ll be seeing your old man in a week.” Alex’s heart leaped. She had a hard time pretending not to care when her father was mentioned.
“That so? Just on business or vacation?”
“A bit of both, but you know I can’t tell you more than that.”
“Of course.” His eyes floated to the “Trophy Wall” where obituaries of the Martello’s enemies were displayed. Most prominent was the yellowed newspaper clipping of the exposé Brian O’Connor, Jr., had written on the Martello family. Alex looked away from it. She often read the article, cried over it, considered how different her life would be if her father had never written the stupid thing.