(Dark Road Series, #2)
Publication date: Late June, 2015
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Young Adult
Hope springs eternal for everyone except Bella Kynaston. She survived the rape, but making it through the trial is another deal all together. As lies come forward, more questions arise leaving Bella to suffer more punishment than she believed she deserved. Sometimes ending it all seems like the only answer. Will she find the peace she so desperately seeks if the pain permanently ended?
Jeremiah believed he’d done the right thing, even if the timing hadn’t been ideal. The only way to protect Bella was if he stayed out of her life. Or so he thought. When Bella starts dating David, Jeremiah thinks David could save her. As it turns out, things progressively get worse. Could Jeremiah be the solution? If so, can he get to her in time? Or will he suffer the worst punishment of his life and lose her forever?
Swifty swallowed, grateful for the window between him and Gervasio. The man looked downright pissed. So the news he’d delivered hadn’t exactly been positive for the man. A few days ago he accessed the court records and determined Bella planned to testify. In his mind, this was good. He’d shared the information with his father, who hadn’t responded since the conversation they had two weeks ago.
Unfortunately, Gervasio hadn’t shared the joy. The only thing that seemed to please him was the intel regarding the DNA. How had the man managed to get somebody else’s DNA planted in place of his? Not something Gervasio planned to explain. Even if everything they’d stated so far had been in code. After all, their conversations were monitored. He was going to ask, but would probably regret the answer. “Should I check on her?”
“Yes. She have great problem with health. Worry too much.”
Swifty winced under Gervasio’s scrutiny. The only problem she had with her health was sitting right in front of him. If he hadn’t needed to keep up appearances, he wouldn’t have bothered with this visit. “I understand, sir. Are there any expenses to be spared?”
“Whatever it take. Is that clear?”
“Yes sir. I’ll report back in a week.”
“I think two week better.” Gervasio scowled.
“Of course, sir.”
“Good. And Swifty?”
He hated that nickname. The Grim Reapers had given it to him after they labeled him “The Messenger.” All because they realized the ability he had to access certain information and remain invisible. “Yes sir?”
Gervasio’s gaze honed in on Swifty as a sinister smile spread across his lips and pronounced the jagged edges of the scar on the right side of his face. His gaze bounced over to the guy who stood behind Swifty. He looked like just another person waiting his turn to speak to his loved one. “You should get small gift for your... girlfriend.”
“Yes sir. I understand. Is there anything else?”
“No. That all. You may go.”
Swifty returned the phone to its cradle and stood. This would be one of those moments where serving as the underrated courier benefited him. He exchanged a handshake with the guy who waited and discreetly tucked away the folded envelope in the pocket of his pants. Interesting. The man’s fingers looked similar to his own. Another reason the Grim Reapers welcomed him into their fold, no fingerprints. That proved more useful to them over the past two years than he would’ve liked to recall. He suspected his father could be blamed for that tragedy. His fingers had been badly burned when he was a child. Not that he ever intended to question the man about how it happened. The fact was it had. No point in dredging up the past.
He stepped outside of the facility and trekked on toward his car. His fingers tightened around the envelope, but he had to wait to open it until he reached his vehicle. Then he could see what Gervasio schemed and decide on a course of action. Either way, he refused to contact his father again. Juan Castell had gone absent for the last time.
At the age of 16, Krys Fenner fell in love with Psychology and Creative Writing. At that time she wrote her first short story dealing with sexual abuse and forgiveness. Psychological issues in her family filled her with the desire to help others using her own experiences. So in 2004, she earned an Associate of Arts in Psychology. And while her sister is the one with dreams of becoming a Psychologist, Krys Fenner returned to Creative Writing. She is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts and plans to continue on to a Masters degree, where she can major in her first love (Creative Writing) and minor in her second (Psychology).