After ten minutes of silence, Ashley sighs, then holds out her phone out and drops it in my hand.
“My life’s in there.”
“Didn’t think you’d give it up.”
“The thought of you touching me is making me nauseous.”
I roll my window down and am on the verge of flinging it as far from the road as possible.
“Don’t! Just stuff it in your pocket!”
I load the gun, reach the phone out the window, then fire a bullet through it. The phone is blown to bits and scattered by the wind outside.
“What the eff? You killed it!”
I don’t respond. Mainly cause phones don’t die. Instead, I try to develop a plan for this hotel killing. Could it be a set-up, where the man in 203 is waiting for me? Don’t think so – it doesn’t seem like Master wants me killed. Not yet at least.
So why kill this person? And if I do, will Master even know? That question lingers in my mind for a while. He has men working for him in the real world – that much I’ve figured out. The thug who drugged me at my doorstep, the one driving the white van – at least two of them. I don’t believe in supernatural phenomena, but the thought of him having a peephole into my soul scares the shit out of me.
“Weren’t you supposed to be in the NFL or something?”
My eyes snap to Ashley, then cut back to the dark horizon out my window.
“Didn’t work out.”
She laughs. “Loretta made you quit, didn’t she?”
I show at her and hold up gun again.
“That’s what people say, she made you stop.” She dances her fingers through her bleached blonde hair. “God, if you get me on the news I’m gonna be so eff-ing pissed.”
I pinch the bridge of my nose and shake my head. “You love attention.”
“I’m not wearing any make-up.”
I turn to face her. She is wearing make-up, and looks beautiful. Scratch that – the kind of good-looking playboy models are.
“So sorry I look so ugly,” says Ashley.
I don’t say a word. She’s fishing for compliments. That shit rubs me the wrong way. Some girls really are ugly, so I never understand why I’m supposed to reassure the pretty ones they’re still society’s A-listers.
“I said I’m sorry I look so ugly.”
“Don’t worry about it.”
I hear her jaw snap shut and steal a glance – she’s got her arms crossed, and looks like she’s trying to shoot laser beams out of her squinted eyes. I can’t help but smirk for the first time all day.
“Why are you kidnapping me?” she says.
- Thomas M. Watt