Crista Ayers

I hate socks.

Rule of Three #2

Rule of Three #1

Prompt: Someone is killed or almost killed AND a relationship becomes complicated

Amia raised an eyebrow at the shopkeeper. “Inquisitive type.”

“Keep your distance.” He stood squarely facing her, arms crossed, eyes unblinking.

Garret Feston had aged. After thirty years she didn’t know what else she had expected, but the creases and folds and color of his well-worn body surprised her more than she liked to admit. And I, she thought, I haven’t aged a day. Aloud, she said, “Come, now, Garret. Is that a way to greet an old friend?” She slinked closer to him, her hips undulating, the light reflecting off the folds of her dress just so, articulating her assets, echoing the color of her eyes.  Her charms dashed against his stoic figure.

“To business, then,” she said with a sigh, and slipped to one side, fingering a set of ribbons on display. “I would like to employ your services once again.”

“No.”

“Now, now,” she tutted. “You haven’t even heard my proposal.”

“No.”

“Garret,” she admonished.

“People who work for you end up dead, or worse.”

“You didn’t come out so bad last time, did you?”

“Now, I’d think most folks would file “murderer” under “or worse”.

“Don’t be melodramatic, Garret. You didn’t murder anyone.”

“As good as. So you can forget whatever scheme you’re planning on tangling me up in – not this time.”

Amia let her face fall into a mask of regret. “I’m afraid that this time you have no choice.”

Garret’s grim facade broke with a guttural laugh. “What can you do to me? I’m an old man. With no wife, and no children.”

“There is the boy.” She nodded to the far door where Neil had disappeared.

The old man twisted around in comprehension and stumbled to the stockroom’s door: no mess, no struggle, no Neil.

He turned back to Amia who let no smile of victory cross her face. “I knew you’d come to see it my way.” She pulled a small sheet of paper from a reticule hanging from her wrist. “The items should be easy enough for you to find. How much time do you need?”

Garret crossed the store and snagged the paper from her hand. He took a moment to look over the list. “Three days.”

“Make it two.”

“Impossible.”

“Make it possible. I’m on a schedule.”  She turned to leave and glanced over her shoulder. “We’ll meet here at dusk, two days from now.”

Garret locked the door behind her, flipping his sign to “Closed”.

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13 responses to “Rule of Three #2

  1. Kurt October 12, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Wow. Both of these guys clearly have (or had) bad judgment with this particular woman. Can’t wait to see what Garret’s good at doing. And he seemed so stodgy last week!

  2. David Powers King October 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    The plot thickens! I love the way you pace your dialogue. Quick and engaging.
    Nice one! Looking forward to next week’s entry! 🙂

  3. J.C. Martin October 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Been by to have a read – sorry I can’t say too much while judging!

    J.C.

  4. Daina October 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    A regular femme fatale 🙂 I wonder how everything will turn out.

  5. deniz October 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    “People who work for you end up dead, or worse.” ha! Love the way she orders him around even if she is cruel. Can’t wait to see what they get up to.

  6. Nadja Notariani October 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    There’s great tension between these two! And poor Neil! I wonder what she’s done with him, why she hasn’t aged, …and what she really wants from Mr. Feston.

  7. Misha Gericke (@MishaMFB) October 15, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Nice follow-up! I’m dying to know if Neil survived. 🙂

  8. Li @Flash Fiction October 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Sorry I’m late – last week I worked my way from end of list to beginning, this week from first to last. Bit of a cliffhanger here! Hopefully she’ll get what’s coming to her…

  9. bornstoryteller October 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Love the haggling with how much time: reminded me of Scotty & Kirk.

    Looking forward to week three.

    Stuart
    Co-Host
    Tale Spinning

  10. kelworthfiles October 16, 2011 at 6:24 am

    This is an interesting continuation. Ama is definitely hiding secrets – why hasn’t she aged? Just what was Garret mixed up in with her before?

    I liked how she tried sex appeal first, then sweet talk, and finally resorted to threats.

  11. akweelife October 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Hmmm, sure makes me wonder what exactly is on her agenda.

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  13. Rachel Danae Brown (@MayDay_Aura) October 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Hmm, she’s definitely a woman with a plan. I like her though, even if she’s menacing. And why hasn’t she aged?

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