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Trust No One (Devlin & Falco) by Webb Debra

Trust No One (Devlin & Falco) by Webb Debra

Author:Webb, Debra [Webb, Debra]
Language: eng
Format: azw3
Published: 2020-07-31T16:00:00+00:00


31

11:00 a.m.

Swanner Auto Repair

Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard South

Jen parked in front of the shop entrance and climbed out. She did not have time for this. Today was her only day off this week, and she needed to run a dozen errands. She would rather be anywhere than at home.

Plus the idea of being stranded without her car was like a death sentence. She would never survive being stuck at home, helpless to do as she pleased.

For the first time she was glad Theo had not called. A shiver swept through her. Something was going on with him, and whatever it was, it was not good.

She pulled the entrance door open and stepped into the business side of Robby’s shop. The smell of grease and cleaner made her nose twitch. She waited a few steps from the counter while Robby finished up with a customer. The elderly man thanked Robby and turned to go. The old man smiled at Jen, and she flashed her pearly whites back at him as he shuffled out the door.

“Uh-oh.” Robby’s expression turned dubious. “What have I done? Or not done? My anniversary is not until Saturday.”

Jen laughed as she approached the counter. “If you’ve done something or vice versa, your wife doesn’t know it yet. Not to worry, Amelia has everything under control with the anniversary party.”

Robby laughed. “She sure does. She sent me a text this morning reminding me to get her mom a present.”

“Make it a good one,” Jen cautioned.

“You have my word it will be amazing.” Robby braced his forearms on the counter. “What can I do for you, Jen?”

“That damned Chevy is acting up.” She shrugged. “When I press the accelerator, there’s a hesitation, and even when it kicks in, it’s a little sluggish. I just want to make sure everything is okay. The thought of it breaking down is more than I can bear.”

Robby rounded the end of the counter. “Come on outside, and let’s have a look.”

Outside she handed him her keys. He slid his tall frame behind the wheel, powered back the seat, and started the engine. “We’ll take her for a spin and see if we can narrow down the problem.”

She climbed into the passenger seat and buckled up. She relaxed, confident he would find the problem as he backed out of the lot and pulled away. He took a right at the next intersection and drove. When they were clear of traffic, he gunned the accelerator.

“Feel that?” she asked.

“Yep. I’m pretty sure this is no big deal.”

“Thank God.”

He repeated the maneuver and then slowed and turned around to head back to the shop. He drove nearly the whole way without saying a word. The quiet suddenly felt overwhelming. Jen didn’t know why she felt awkward. She had brought her car to Robby dozens of times. He’d been taking care of any vehicle maintenance she or her mother needed for years.

As if he’d read her mind, he asked, “You sure Diana didn’t send you to check on me?”

“I swear she did not send me.



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