After dessert, Cheryl insisted on clearing the table herself. Eric and Kris fetched their coats from the closet at the same time. Convenient. Kris raised her chin a notch. Eric Soares wouldn't scare her off this case.
Kris caught his gaze riding up her nylons, to the skirt that hugged her waist and to her soft sweater. She thrust on her jacket and buttoned it to her neck.
"You'll have to come over to my apartment for tea," Irene told her. "I'll show you my photo albums."
"I'd love to see them," Kris said.
"Thank you for helping my daughter."
"Remember there's no guarantee, Gram," Eric interjected. "Kris means well, but she's not a miracle worker."
"She can do her best."
Kris thanked Cheryl for the lovely dinner and said goodnight. She followed Eric into the frigid night. Moonlight shone over the snow-blanketed lawn. She rooted in her purse for her car keys, goosebumps popping out under her nylons. "Look, your grandmother knows it's a longshot."
Shadows marked the hollows of Eric's cheeks and the sharp ridge of his nose. "It's easy for her to forget with you asking a hundred questions."
"I'm doing my job. How do you expect me to find Diana's killer if I don't ask questions?"
"Stop kidding yourself. Once you can't get your big headline, you'll walk away."
"Don't tell me what I will and won't do. You don't know anything about me."
Eric opened the door of his Camaro, his black leather jacket creaking. "I know your kind. Tuesday. Three o'clock."
"I know your kind, too. Pigheaded." Kris stalked to her car.
He didn't trust her. It shouldn't matter.
But it did.
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Although Stacy Juba specializes in writing adult novels, she has also authored books for children and young adults – she pursues whatever story ideas won’t leave her alone. Stacy’s titles include the Amazon bestselling adult mystery novels Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim, the mystery short story Laundry Day, the children’s picture books The Flag Keeper and Victoria Rose and the Big Bad Noise, and the young adult novels Face-Off and Dark Before Dawn. She is a former journalist with more than a dozen writing awards to her credit and is currently working on a contemporary fiction/romantic comedy novel, as well as a new mystery novel. Visit Stacy's web site at http://stacyjuba.com/blog/ .