It’s Teaser Train Thursday, and I am pleased to welcome author G.E. Johnson to my blog with a teaser from her novel, Love & Wrath. So, come on and hop aboard this train! Choo! Choo!
Lily really was just anxious to get to Sheila’s and find out more about what exactly had happened. She hoped that they could really help Keisha out of this situation for good. As Lily was lost in thought, she noticed that Marco had made a left on 9th toward their building instead of a right toward Sheila’s place.
“Hey, you know I’m going to Sheila’s, right?”
“Yeah, I know,” Marco answered quietly.
Lily looked at his face and was unsettled at how tense and serious he had become.
“You’re going the wrong way…,” she said as she let her voice trail off.
“I know that, too,” Marco answered quietly, again. “Give me just a second.”
His voice was calm – almost too calm. Lily knew that something was wrong.
“What’s going on?” she asked with mounting concern.
Marco did not answer right away and was quiet for several seconds. Lily noticed that he kept checking his rearview mirror and that he had made a couple of unnecessary turns down the one way streets in the downtown area.
Finally, Marco answered, “I think somebody is following us.”
Lily’s heart sped up as she sat up in her seat and tried to see behind them through the passenger side mirror.
“Act normal,” Marco instructed. “If they are following us, I don’t want them to know that we noticed.”
Lily sat back in her seat tensely. “Can you see who it is or what the person looks like?” Lily asked.
“Not really. It looks like a man, but it’s dark in the car,” Marco answered.
Marco made another turn and headed out of the downtown area toward Grand Blvd..
“Is the car still there?” Lily asked nervously.
“Yeah. I’m gonna see if I can lose them at Grand.”
Lily had started to shiver and she began to pray that this was all just a coincidence. She thought that maybe the person was lost and had chosen to follow them to try to find their way out of downtown. When the light turned green, Marco made a left turn onto Grand. The car that had been trailing them made a right turn. As they were turning, Lily caught a glimpse of the car. It was a dark colored Nissan.
“They went the other way,” Lily announced with a slight sigh of relief. “Maybe they were just lost and followed us to find their way out. It can be pretty confusing down here if you don’t know your way through all the one ways,” Lily said hopefully.
After taking several more unnecessary streets and turns, Marco and Lily pulled up in front of Sheila’s building. Normally, they would park on the street and walk the short distance to the building, but tonight, Marco decided to use the valet service. He didn’t want to take any chances of having someone pull up on them while they were walking up the sidewalk to the doors.