Happy Sunday! I was a failed anarchist this week, wearing all black every day in mourning for the death of creativity and individuality being imposed by our new dress code. Nobody even noticed. Guess I should have gone for those blue hair highlights after all. Sigh. I’m out of black clothes, so I guess my protest is over.
How about a Sunday scene snippet? You’ll see from my June newsletter on Wednesday (you can still sign up through tomorrow and should still get it), I have a very ambitious schedule for the next six months. I promise only to do my best. Last time I took on this much I almost ended up in the hospital. I hope I’ve learned a bit more about pacing myself since then….we’ll see.
In this scene, Jena has called Gentry to come to her house, where she found her brother Jackson the previous night stoned out of his mind. In his room, she’d found some of the lethal drug called Black Diamond. She felt she had no choice but to turn him in for his own protection. Jackson was not amused when Gentry showed up with TPSO deputy Adam Meizel and tried to talk some sense into him…..
Jackson shrugged off Gentry’s hand. “You want to worry about drugs in your parish, Agent Broussard, why don’t you check my sister’s bag? Or is it okay for your agents to be racing around with guns while they’re buzzing on painkillers? Is it okay for her to work four months after she tried to slit her wrists with a f**king utility knife?”
A chill washed across Jena’s shoulders. Who was this person? The brother she’d known her whole life would never try to throw her under the squad car.
“We aren’t talking about your sister, who, by the way, is a skilled law-enforcement agent who took two bullets in the line of duty a few months ago, son.” Gentry’s voice was low, but serious. “We’re talking about you, an unemployed twenty four year old who had almost an ounce of an illegal synthetic drug stashed in his bedroom, not to mention what’s probably still in your system. All we’d need is one simple blood test.”
Gentry paused. “We’re talking about jail time, Jackson. Do you understand what kind of trouble you could be in?”
Time seemed to stretch into slow motion. Jackson turned like an enraged devil, tightened his fingers around Gentry’s throat, and squeezed. He moved so fast that Gentry wasn’t able to get his hands up to protect himself and was left trying to breathe and pry Jacks’s hands off at the same time. Jackson wasn’t nearly as strong as Gentry, so it had to be the drugs. Jena had heard stories of users having almost superhuman strength.
She ran toward them, but Adam got there first. He kicked Jacks’s legs out from beneath him and, by the time her brother hit the floor, Meizel was kneeling on his back, one hand pressing his head against the tile. The handcuffs clicked shut with a loud scrape of metal, and Meizel jerked Jacks to his feet. It was over in a matter of seconds.
All four of them stood still for a moment. Until Jacks, his chin bleeding from hitting the floor, began spewing more accusations at Jena, laced with a liberal dose of f-bombs. Then life sped up again. Meizel held one of Jacks’s arms while Gentry held the other. The deputy had started his Miranda by the time they’d gotten Jacks out the front door, shoving him toward the patrol car none too gently.
Jackson made a brief appearance in WILD MAN’S CURSE, and he doesn’t have a huge role in this book, but he does kind of get us introduced to Black Diamond and some of the problems it can cause. It also gives Gentry a clue that while Jena was recuperating in New Orleans the previous three months, she’d had some emotional issues.
Coming up on Oct. 18 and up for preorder!
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