Burnin’ Love: Excerpt
“Please tell me a pregnant woman didn’t crawl out the window.”
Daisy pivoted to face a disgruntled Troy. “Okay, I won’t. But if you don’t want to hear the truth, then what do you want me to tell you?”
The window was just large enough for Melissa to ease through. She didn’t get any closer to it to see if Melissa was on the roof. She didn’t think her heart could stand the sight of seeing her shimmying along the roofline. Or worse, seeing her clinging to the edge.
The last time anyone had been so foolish to escape through a window was when Sienna North had escaped her ex-boss’s goons by heading out the bedroom window at Daisy’s B&B. And then Sienna and one of her soon-to-be lovers Joe Young had jumped from the roof.
“You don’t think she jumped, do you?” She hated to think what might have happened to Melissa or her baby from a fall.
Troy, however, was nowhere to be found. She hurried out of the room and down the stairs as fast as she could. As she’d assumed, she found him outside and staring up at the guest bedroom window. A rope ladder, the type people kept in their closets to help escape a fire, hung from the window sill.
“She climbed down that thing?” Daisy wasn’t sure she would’ve had the nerve to do the same. “Why the hell didn’t she just walk out the front door? Or the back door? Or, hell, any damn door?”
“She probably saw one of us standing guard. The real question is why did she want to leave in the first place?”
“I don’t know. She seemed fine last night.”
“Did you check her room for a note?”
Daisy didn’t answer. Instead, she rushed back inside the house and up the stairs again with Troy on her heels. There, laying on top of her neatly made bed was a piece of stationery that Daisy had seen in all the nightstands of the house. She snatched it up and read it out loud.
John called last night. I know you won’t like it, but I promised I’d meet and talk with him today. I’ll call you later.
“You’ve got to be kidding me. Why would she meet with him when she said she wanted to get away from him and his sister?”
Daisy didn’t like it one bit, but she could see how it had happened. “It’s not uncommon for women like Melissa to give their boyfriends another chance. John probably sounded very sweet and reasonable on the phone. And since he’s the father of her child, she felt like she had to give him another chance.”
“Another chance to do what? Take her and run? Put a bullet in her head? Make her get an abortion?”
She tunneled her fingers through her hair. “Wow, you’re just filled with happy thoughts, aren’t you? He hasn’t physically hurt her yet so why go down that road now?”
“The word you have to pay attention to is yet. He hasn’t hurt her yet. He talked her into seeing him. She left him and now he’s desperate. Desperate men do stupid things. Who knows what he might do?” Troy was gone in the next moment, already barreling back downstairs, his cell phone to his ear.
“Wade, she’s gone.” He stopped at the foot of the steps and looked back at her as she followed him. “No, not Daisy. Melissa’s gone to meet John.”
She wouldn’t deny that she felt special that Wade had thought of her first.
“No. I don’t know where.”
The conversation with Melissa in the car came rushing back. “I think I know where. Tell them to meet us at a restaurant called Mamma’s Bakery and Grill.”
“Daisy says to meet us at a place called Mamma’s Bakery and Grill. I don’t know how she knows. Just do it.”
Daisy snatched up her keys, then darted past Troy and out the front door to her car. She was behind the wheel by the time Troy made it to the passenger side.
“Damn. Nice car.”
“Are you planning on standing there admiring my car or are we going?” She arched an eyebrow at him, hoping he wouldn’t take her words too harshly.
He hopped over the side of the convertible and fit perfectly into the seat. “Get moving, baby.”