“Now, d a r l i n ’, I just had myself a little thought.”
“Did you?” I murmured, distracted by the way he reached up to run his thumb over my bottom lip.
“I did indeed. It being that you are seventeen and I’m eighteen, and we have every damn right to make out like t e e n a g e r s. Like normal, happy, crazy kids.”
He hooked two fingers over the waistband of my jeans and tugged me closer. I loved his voice when he lowered it like that. His accent broadened, warmed like summer air in the minutes before a thunderstorm. It was the full-on Stewart charm assault, and I was totally h e l p l e s s against it.
Liam gets a camera and he keeps taking photos of Ruby doing random things. Ruby riding a bicycle for the first time. Ruby getting a cake facial on her 18th birthday. Ruby studying… and just about anything. He’s like “wait one moment, darlin’. Don’t move!” *Ruby makes a face* *he takes the photo* “Beautiful.”
’“We want you,” he said, his hand slipping through my hair to cup the back of my neck. “We wanted you yesterday, we want you today, and we’ll want you tomorrow. There’s nothing you can do to change that”’
Ruby, Liam and the whole Black Betty Crew have destroyed me…
“How could things get any worse?” I asked. “I messed everything up for you. I ruined everything.”
“God.” He shook his head, mouth twisting into a shadow of a smile.
“Did you know…you make me so happy that sometimes I actually forget to breath? I’ll be looking at you, and my chest will get so tight…and it’s like, the only thought in my head is how much I want to reach over and kiss you.”
i. all gone [seasons] // gustavo santaolalla
ii. wake me // bleachers
iii. run // hozier
iv. obstacles // syd matters
v. wouldn’t it be nice // the beach boys
vi. the run and go // twenty one pilots
vii. work song // hozier
viii. i wanna be yours // arctic monkeys
ix. to be alone // hozier
x. ease // troye sivan ft. broods
xi. two of us on the run // lucius
xii. mountains // message to bears
xiii. blood bank // bon iver
xiv. fire-scene // s. carey
xv. stay with me // sarah jaffe
xvi. slacks // st. so
xvii. smother // daughter
xviii. fleeting (affection) // gustavo santaolalla
“Let me get this straight. You
need me to track down a yacht belonging to the mayor of the town you are
Sheriff for?” Emma reclined back in the chair, fingers drumming on the surface
of the desk as she gave her old partner a smug smile.
David sighed. “I know exactly how
this sounds, Emma. But there are reasons why she wants a P.I. handling this and
not the local authorities.”
“You’re going to have to give me
more than that, Nolan. And you know it.”
“Regina Mills is a powerful woman,
but she has a weak spot. Her son Henry has been threatened. And as much as she
trusts her former FBI agent now turned into local sheriff, aka me, she also knows the person we are
dealing with has connections in all the agencies.”
“Who do you suspect took the yacht?”
“Gold.” David paused, giving Emma a moment to digest the
information. They both knew about Gold’s involvement in several underhanded
activities in the NorthEast area and the possibility of bribed personnel in all
the agencies. It was one of the many reasons why taking him down while working
for the FBI had been impossible.
Emma cracked her neck, the tension
of the busy day getting to her. “Why would he take her yacht?”
“He has history with her mother.
And it’s a win-win situation for him. He can use it to conduct his dirty
affairs and if it gets caught, it will splatter her reputation.”
“He’s the same sneaky bastard he
always was, gotta give him credit for that.” Emma cocked an eyebrow. “So,
what’s the plan? Me and Ruby track him down and retrieve the yacht?”
“No. You just track the yacht
down. Someone else is in charge of the retrieve. This is a joint effort.” David shifted in his seat uncomfortably and Emma sat
up straight in her chair.
“I don’t play well with others,
David. You know that.” She raised an eyebrow knowingly at him. He should know
by now that she didn’t trust easily.
“Emma, you can’t retrieve a yacht
of this magnitude and Regina is not taking any chances with the authorities.
She wants this to be fast and she’s willing to cut some corners - within reason
- to get there.”
“Who’s going to do the extraction
“Jones Marine Risk Management and Vessel Extraction.” David cleared