Hard Sell by Hudson Lin

Hard Sell by Hudson Lin

Author:Hudson Lin
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2021-03-12T15:57:40+00:00

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Twenty-two. Twenty-four. Twenty-six Maple. There it was. Danny pulled his rental car over and put it in park. The neighborhood looked like every other Vancouver suburb Danny had driven through, and this house looked like every other house on the street. But according to the address Marlena had given them, this was the right place.

It turned out Marlena had no knowledge of any patent, but she knew the person who’d been working on it. Apparently, Cyrus wasn’t shy about broadcasting his opinions about trans people.

Ray had offered to come along, since they’d been working the deal together for a while now. But Danny declined. There were other things he needed to do in Vancouver and he didn’t want Ray getting in the way.

Things like sitting down with Tobin and having an honest heart-to-heart. Something that was long overdue. Tobin would hate it, but the whole “taking advantage” thing was real, and having Wei scream it in his face made Danny realize he couldn’t ignore it anymore.

They’d had a good time. It’d been fun. But it was time for them to confront the facts. Their little affair involved way more people than simply the two of them. Their actions and decisions affected Wei and Uncle Man and Auntie Grace. To deny that was the epitome of selfishness.

Danny wasn’t looking forward to that conversation. But first—River Teegee.

He got out and strode up the driveway. A car was parked there; good since he was showing up unannounced. Ray had tried reaching out to River repeatedly with emails and phone calls, but hadn’t gotten a response. So their last-ditch attempt was Danny coming in person to plead their case. He rang the doorbell and a muted ring sounded inside. Floorboards creaked under footsteps before the door opened only a crack. Barely enough to reveal a face framed with long black hair and big gold-rimmed glasses. They eyed Danny up and down. “Can I help you?”

“My name is Daniel Ip, from Jade Harbour Capital. I’m looking for River Teegee.”

They narrowed their eyes. “I don’t have anything to say to you,” they said and then shut the door in his face.

Danny had expected as much. He knocked on the door and rang the bell again. “Please, I could really use your help. It’ll only take a moment.”

No response. He knocked again. “Any information you can give me will be kept strictly confidential. No one will know we spoke.”

Nothing. He knocked on more time. “At least listen to what my questions are.”

Next door, a screen door creaked open and an old woman with white hair stepped out. She glared at Danny. “What’s all this racket? Do I need to call the police?”

Shit. The last thing Danny needed was getting the police involved. “Sorry, ma’am. Everything’s fine. Sorry to disturb you.” He took a few steps backward, only to have River’s door open again.

They peered out at the older woman. “Mind your own business, Karen.” Then to Danny. “Get in here before the cops start showing up.


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