Friday, May 31, 2019
Daring Destiny ~ Part 47
“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.
“Promise me you’ll be careful in there,” said Hoyte as they pulled up the old warehouse that matched the address Ned had given them.
“Look,” said Rainy, “my goal is to save Clover and I will do whatever it is I have to, to make that happen. I’m not looking to die, but if it’s my life or hers, then so be it.”
“Rainy no,” said Hoyte.
Rainy looked at him. “Hoyte, I can’t live without her.”
“So she should have to live without you?”
“It’s not what I want, but I have to save her.” Rainy didn’t wait for a response or even a plan of action. She hopped out of the car and ran to the warehouse. She heard Hoyte let out a cuss as he followed her. Just as she entered the warehouse, Hoyte grabbed her and pulled her into a dark corner.
“I know you want to save Clover, but you’re going about this foolishly,” he whispered. “We have to be smart.” He swallowed hard. “Rainy, I can’t lose you again. When you left me, it just about killed me and I know that if you die today, that just might kill Clover. I can’t …,” he shook his head. “… I won’t let you sacrifice yourself. I love you too much.”
Rainy stared at Hoyte. His eyes were full of tears and she could tell his words were genuine. He had really missed her and she wondered if he really did love her still. She admitted the break up hadn’t been amicable and she didn’t leave because she fell out of love with him. Her heart picked up its pace and Rainy wondered if she didn’t still love him.
Her mind turned to Clover. Hoyte was right, they did need a plan and the last thing she needed to be thinking about was her relationship with Hoyte.
“Okay,” she said, “do you have a plan in mind?”
Rainy quietly climbed the ladder up to the catwalk. She hated Hoyte’s plan, but knew it was probably the best option. She was to sneak around and find Clover, while he distracted the guards. He was an entertainer at heart and Clover wouldn’t know to go with him if he looked for her, so Rainy had to concede.
Getting to the catwalk over the warehouse floor, she was glad it was against a wall and not just out in the open, it would be easier for her to stay in the shadows that way. She counted five men sitting at a card table playing poker and had to bite back her gasp as they all jumped to their feet as Hoyte boldly strolled in.
“Room for one more?” he asked flashing his Hollywood smile.
The guards pulled out their guns and pointed them at Hoyte. He held up his hands, but didn’t let his smile fade. “Whoa, I come in peace.”
Using a slight of hand trick, Rainy had seen him use many times, he produced a business card as if it came out of thin air. “I’m a psychic and a very well-known one if I do say so myself. My name is Hoyte Morgan, and I have a message for you all.”
The guards stared at him.
“Go ahead and take the card, then Google me. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.”