TITLE: The Tower
GENRE: Adult Speculative (Sci Fi)
Jay jogged onto the video screen and Flor’s heart stopped beating. She wanted to warn him, had tried to think up something that would clue him in to the truth—but everything she thought of would get him killed.
“I don’t need to remind you not to screw up, Florence.”
The deep ring that followed him punching the doorbell sounded like a death knell.
Before Flor could answer the intercom, Macillan’s sharp nails bit her arm. “Don’t want to seem too eager now, do we.”
She jerked her arm away, cutting herself and making the sergeant laugh. Her bravado meant nothing. They both knew it.
“Hey Jay. I, ah, wasn’t expecting you.”
“Good morning beautiful. I’ve got another song for you.”
Her heart flinched. “This isn’t a good time.”
“The song can wait.” He grinned up at the camera under the portico and her heart began to fissure. “I’ll just watch you work.”
A sob built in her throat. Watch you work meant distract her until she gave up. Kissing her neck while she dosed test tubes, running his fingers down her spine while she used the microscope, backing her into the fridge when she retrieved samples.
She always gave in.
“You can’t come inside anymore, Jay.” Jay, Josh, Joshua. When was the next time she’d get to say his name?
“Did something happen?” Immediately, her knight in shining armor was on alert and Macillan’s glare bored holes in her. Oh, no, no, no.
She reworded. “I won’t let you in.”