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On the Run with the Lawman

Written by Delores Fossen

Chapter Seven

What the hell kind of secrets is Cassie keeping?

Pete wanted to know the same thing, and judging from the way the color drained from Cassie's face, there were indeed secrets. Big, bad ones.

"Someone left a message on the living room wall at Cassie's place, and I'm sending you a photo of it now," Cooper went on. "I'm guessing it's from the men who shot at you two."

Cassie scrambled closer, her attention nailed to the screen as the message loaded: "Does Deputy Nichols know the truth about you, Cassie?"

That didn't help Cassie regain any of her color. She only shook her head and backed away from him. Obviously, she wasn't planning to volunteer anything. But Pete would do something about changing her mind.

"I'll ask Cassie about it," Pete assured his boss. "Did you find out if the dispatcher, Bruce Cantores, is dirty?" It was something Pete had asked Cooper to check on when he'd called him earlier. That, and anything he could find out about Cassie.

"Not yet," Cooper answered. "But I'm keeping him out of the info loop just in case. Are you sure there's dirt to find on Cantores?"

"I'm sure," Cassie volunteered. "I'm also sure there's a guard at the county jail who's on the take. I believe it was Everett's plan to have that guard kill me so he wouldn't be implicated. That's why Everett framed me for money laundering."

"Yeah, that," Cooper mumbled. "I can only hold off the warrant another day or two. If we haven't found Everett by then, Pete has to arrest you and bring you in."

Even though Pete hadn't spelled that out to her, Cassie clearly understood what had to happen. Of course, that meant she'd just try to escape again.

"Marshal Jake Lassiter called earlier," Cooper went on. "He said he was handling Cassie's WITSEC case."

She nodded. "I called him a couple of hours ago and told him my identity had been blown."

"So he said. The marshal also said you shouldn't have been within a hundred miles of Sweetwater Springs. I'm guessing that's something Pete will be asking you about as well." He paused. "So why did Everett send the gunmen to your house if he'd planned on you dying at the jail?"

Pete thought he had the answer for this. "The men used infrared, and I believe when they realized Cassie was about to escape, they had orders to stop her." And by stop, Pete was pretty sure that meant those men were going to kill them both.

"I'll let you know when and if I find anything," Cooper assured him and ended the call.

Pete put his phone away, his gaze locked to Cassie's. "Does Deputy Nichols know the truth about you, Cassie?" he said, repeating the message left at her house.

The seconds crawled by before she started talking. "I wasn't lying when I was with you. I mean, what happened wasn't a lie."

He gave her a flat look. "I think that kiss proved the sex part wasn't a lie. But what other things are you keeping from me?"

She paused again. "Everett didn't just work for me. We had an affair."

Oh, man. He hadn't seen that coming, and it took Pete several moments to get his jaw working so he could speak. "You slept with the man who murdered my brother?"

Cassie pulled in a long breath. Nodded. "And if it weren't for me, your brother would still be alive."

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