The sun began to set just as I sat down with my dinner, a small grilled trout and some apple slices. I was hungry but I just couldn’t find the motivation to eat. Instead I just picked at my fish listlessly. I nearly jumped out of my skin when the cell phone Don had given me began to ring.
“Hello?” I said uneasily.
There was a long pause.
“This is Olivia. Who is this?”
“Meet me at the Blue Velvet
nightclub in a hour.”
The phone call ended as abruptly as it had begun. I placed the phone back into my pocket and ate a few more bits of food. If I was going to be there on time I would have to get a move on now.
I had been sitting at the bar for nearly a half hour. I scanned the room, looking for the mystery man that had invited me to meet him. Another fifteen minutes crept by. I had enough of this waiting game. There must be someone else in this town that could use an extra pair of hands. A body pressed up against me, taking me by surprise. I spun around on my stool and came face to face with a tall, rugged man.
“So, you must be Olivia,” he said
as he sat in the stool beside me.
“And you are?” I tried to sound
more bold and confident than I was.
He laughed, obviously ignoring my question. Then proceeded to put in an order of drinks. He didn’t speak another word until after the bartender had brought him his order.
“This was obviously a mistake,” I stated as I
threw a few simoleons onto the counter to pay for my chips.
“Oh, come on. I was just playing
with you. Sit down, we’ll have
a little chat.”
I was still peeved and unsure whether or not this jerk was toying with me still. None the less I decided to hear him out. What other choice did I have? He proceeded to tell me that his name was Lance and I was never to contact him directly. Should I need to get in touch with him, I was to let Don know. Since I was new, I couldn’t yet be trusted, yet. Lance then divulged a bit about his “business”. He ran the under-workings of the town. Everything from gambling and drugs to favors and bribes. If it was illegal, Lance was surely the man behind it. He offered me a starting position on a Per Diem basis. It wouldn’t pay much but if I showed enough initiative, he assured me I would move up ranks quickly.
“There’s one other thing. While you’re
still getting your feet wet, I want
you to work with Danny. “
Lance nodded his head toward another man sitting across the room. He in return tipped his hat at Lance in acknowledgement. I eyed Danny with intrigue. He was a rather attractive guy. Hopefully I wouldn’t be too distracted and not get the work done I was getting paid to do. I smirked to myself.
“What’s so funny?”
Lance’s question snapped me back to reality.
“Just really happy that I got the job.”
“Uh, huh. Sure, sweetheart. Whelp, I
have another appointment to get to.
I’ll be in touch soon. Remember, I’ll
be keeping an eye on you, so stay out
I moved across the room and took a seat next to my new partner.
“Hey, I’m Olivia. I’m told we will be
spending a lot of time together.”
“Hopefully. As long as you don’t
go and do something stupid.”
“Like what?” I spat back playfully.
“I dunno. Get pinched. That’s what
happen to my last partner. Too bad
to, I was really starting to like the ’em.”
“I’ll try my best, sir.” I said sarcastically
while giving Danny a mocked salute. The idea of getting caught by the police was definitely not something that I had really thought too deeply about.
Well, at least I would have an actual bed.