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On the Run with the Lawman

Written by Delores Fossen

Chapter Four

Oh, God. It was happening—again. Cassie's worst fears were coming true, and this time Pete was right in the middle of it.

"This way," she said. Cassie threw open the side door that led to the garage, but Pete and she had barely stepped through it when the thick white cloud started to disperse through the house.

"Tear gas," Pete mumbled.

Yes, and it was true to its name because Cassie's eyes immediately started to water, and both Pete and she began coughing. He slammed the door behind them. That helped, some, but she doubted the men would stop with just a tear gas attack.

No.

This had likely been designed to get them running outside so they could either be captured or gunned down. Cassie had no intentions of letting either happen.

"Get in," she insisted, hurrying toward the SUV parked in the center of the garage. But Pete was already heading in that direction. He jumped into the passenger's seat just as she got behind the wheel and started the engine.

"Hold on," Cassie warned him.

She threw the SUV into Reverse, gunning the engine. The SUV crashed through the garage door and sent bits of wood flying all around them. As soon as she was in the driveway, she spun the vehicle around and headed for the road.

The sound blasted through the night.

Not another tear gas canister this time. One of the men had shot at them, and the bullet smacked into the back of the SUV.

That put her heart right in her throat. Cassie tried not to panic. But Pete was nowhere near the panic stage. He was all lawman now and turned in the seat so he was facing the rear. No doubt so he could return fire.

"There are guns and ammo in the glove compartment," Cassie let him know.

Even though she didn't actually look at him, Cassie could practically see the questions in his eyes. There were more questions when he opened the glove compartment and saw her stash. A first aid kit, flares, three guns and enough ammo to last in a long gunfight.

Something Cassie prayed wouldn't happen. Not ever. But especially not tonight with Pete caught in the middle of this.

Whatever this was.

Cassie kept driving, kept her gaze firing all around to make sure there weren't other gunmen lying in wait to attack. However, she didn't see or hear anything. Especially not other shots and definitely no vehicle coming after them. Maybe that meant she'd gotten lucky.

"What the hell's going on?" Pete demanded. He glanced into the backseat at the bags filled with food, bedding and clothes.

Her escape gear.

Cassie doubted she could put off answering Pete's question much longer, but there was something that had to be done. Something critical.

"There's a burner cell phone next to the guns," she said. A phone that couldn't be traced. "There are only two numbers in it—my sister's and her bodyguard's. Text my sister and tell her they found me, that I'm on the move."

Pete sent the text, after hesitating, still glancing at her at their surroundings. Afterwards, he also sent a text to the sheriff, no doubt to let him know what was going on.

"Can your phone be traced?" she asked.

"No. I turned off the location access." He tipped his head in the direction of her house. "Who are these men? Who are you?"

Both tough questions. Cassie went with the first one. "I think these men are backup of sorts. Maybe they didn't believe you'd arrest me so they decided to take matters into their own hands."

Pete didn't say anything, but he was clearly waiting for her to add more. More that would explain things he wouldn't want to hear.

When he heard the secrets that she was hiding from him, Pete just might want to kill her, too.

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When I was a child, I used to sneak around collecting fingerprints, ha...

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