TITLE: Free Falling from a Ferris Wheel
GENRE: Adult Fiction
Loraine Kirkwood discovers her estranged husband has disappeared with ten million dollars belonging to two unscrupulous senators. Now they’re after her. Luckily she has the help of gal pal, Alex, but is Alex who she says she is? Will they tumble into the hands of a killer?
“C’mon, Let Go.” The Chinese prophecy held strong to its cookie cocoon. “Ta-da. Free at last.” I laughed.
John watched me raise the paper in victory, more bored than amused. “Think I’ll skip mine. Looks too much like work.”
Another parade pooped on, my smile faded. The paper lay stretched out between my fingers and I stared at the tiny writing:
“Nothing is as it appears. Beware of the road you choose to travel for you may never find your way home.”
I’d gotten bizarre fortunes before, but somehow – and I don’t know why – this one unnerved me.
John reached for the check and threw out a halfhearted, “What’s it say?”
“You will soon leave husband for man with bigger chopstick”
“Nahso, funny.” He grinned. A man well aware of the prowess of his chow mein.
I tossed the doomsday prophesy on top of the dirty plates, sat back and watched my husband over analyze the tab. A performance I’d seen way too many times.
“The price they charge for a bottle of Pinot is downright insulting.” My eye roll only fueled his grousing. “What? Damn if I’m tipping on the wine. Do you know what their profit margin is on alcohol?” The expression on the waitress’s face as she dropped off a to-go box told me she also thought John was an idiot.
Oh, good Lord, like an extra dollar’ll break you. A thought best kept silent. My husband’s economic soapbox had played on my last neuron, forcing my brain to flee to something of higher interest. I was perusing the restaurant for anything more entertaining when my focus came skidding to halt at the entrance door.