Novel Excerpt
By Maggie Giles

The sound from the TV drew both of their attention. The commercials had finished and the upbeat music told them it had returned to the evening news. A pretty young reporter was centered in the screen and announced the arrival of Detective Ryan Boone live.

“Good evening, detective,” she said. “Thank you for joining us.” The TV screen was now split with a handsome police officer opposite the reporter interviewing him.

“It’s my pleasure.”

“Please, go ahead,” she said. “Tell us about Patsy Morrison.”

“Yes, of course. First, we can’t be certain if she is dangerous,” he says, speaking in a low voice. He pronounced each word clearly when he spoke and carried himself as an experienced officer would. “Patsy Morrison may just be a scared woman, abused one time too many. Still, don’t approach her if you see her. I urge you to contact your local police. We will make sure she gets the help she needs.”

“And what about a second suspect?” The pretty reporter dressed in a short red dress asked but at that point, Mel stopped listening.

Blaine stared at her. His eyes wide and mouth agape. “Tell me it isn’t true.” His hands dropped to his side.

Mel grabbed the remote and turned off the TV. “I can’t.”

“You murdered him?” Blaine said, taking a step towards her.

Mel immediately backed away, feeling intimidated by his closeness. “I did what I had to.”

Blaine said nothing, only stared down at her with a hard expression.

“It was me or him,” Mel said.

Blaine stared hard at her for what seemed like forever. Then his expression just melted away and he pulled her into his arms. He didn’t care that she was covered in hair dye, he only held her against his chest.

“I’m so sorry,” Blaine said. “I should have stopped you. It shouldn’t have come to this.”

Mel rested her head against his chest and said nothing for several seconds, shocked by his apology. Eventually she managed to say, “It’s not your fault.”

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