Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Daring Destiny ~ Part 46

She felt herself falling toward her sister, longing for one last embrace, but Hoyte caught her before she hit the ground. She looked around, this time blinded by tears, but realized she wasn’t in a warehouse, but her own kitchen.
“You’re okay,” Hoyte cooed. “I’ve got you. You had a vision, but you’re safe.”
“Clover’s not,” she cried, then explained what she saw to Hoyte and Ned. Once she was finished she buried her head into Hoyte’s shoulder. “She’s dead, Hoyte and I’ve killed her.”
“Tell me what you saw,” said Hoyte, softly. “You know nothing is set in stone when it comes to visions. They are the possibility of choices.”
Rainy choked back her tears as she told Hoyte and Ned about her vision. As she finished she let her sobs loose. “You see, this is my fault. Had I not gotten involved and taken Lindie they wouldn’t have taken Clover. She’s dead and I did it.”
Hoyte shook his head. “No, I don’t think she is. Your vision triggered when Ned mentioned the police. I think what you saw is what will happen if we bring in the authorities. So for now, we don’t call them.”
“You said the kingpin goes by Charlie Chapman,” said Ned as he looked at Hoyte. He turned his attention to Rainy. “And you said Clover was by the ocean, in a warehouse. I think I found where Clover is.”
“Where?” asked Rainy, trying to keep the panic out of her voice, but it cracked anyway.
“I’ll put the address in my GPS,” said Ned, “let’s go.”
“You need to stay here,” said Hoyte to Ned.
“What?” Ned shook his head as he narrowed his eyebrows. “I’m going. This is my fault. I should have taken a car to pick up Clover from school instead of walked. I let those guys get the best of me and now I’m going to go save her.”
“Hoyte is right,” said Rainy softly. “You’re hurt. It would be better if you stayed here and that way if you don’t hear from us in a few hours, you can call the police and tell them everything you know about this sex trafficking ring.”
“You should stay too,” said Hoyte.
Rainy’s jaw dropped. “You can’t be serious.”
“I am,” said Hoyte. “I’ll go and get Clover. You two stay here.”
“Not on your life,” said Rainy.
“On yours,” shouted Hoyte. He took a deep breath as Rainy flinched. “Rainy, you are the one who got the death omens. Your life is in danger. I can’t let you walk into this situation knowing that.”
“Well it’s a good thing that I don’t need your permission. I’m going, like it or not,” she stated. Rainy swallowed the lump in her throat, knowing her next words were going to be hard to get out.
She looked at Ned. “If something happens to me and Clover makes it out alive, I need you to take care of her.”
“Rainy, no,” said Ned. “You’re going to be fine. Clover is going to be fine. We’re not talking like this.”
“We don’t have time not too,” stated Rainy, straightening her shoulders. “Give us the address, please, Ned and promise me you’ll take care of Clover if anything happens to me.”
Ned sighed heavily as he got out his phone and texted Hoyte the address. “I don’t like this.”
“Neither do I,” said Rainy, “do you promise to take care of Clover? Please, Ned?”
“I do,” said Ned, “I promise.”
Rainy gave him a gentle hug and then ran out the door, with Hoyte close on her heels.

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