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On the Run with the Lawman

Written by Delores Fossen

Chapter Fourteen

Cassie could have sworn her heart stopped. "Anna? What's wrong? Who's there?"

"I don't know. I'll call you when I can," Anna said and hung up.

Sweet heaven. This couldn't be happening. They'd taken so many precautions to prevent this. "Everett didn't lie," she mumbled. "He did know where Anna was."

Pete put his arm around her. "You don't know that. This could be unrelated to Everett. Maybe someone's just visiting them or driving by the place."

She wanted to believe that—mercy, did she—but Everett had been relentless in his attempt to find them and had now likely succeeded.

Because her legs felt ready to give way, Cassie sank onto the sofa, and Pete was right there with her. Comforting her. Or at least trying to do that.

Cassie shook her head. "I thought Everett would come after me. I mean, I kept tight security around Anna, very tight, and I always figured I was the one who'd be easiest to find."

"Because you stayed in Sweetwater Springs?" Pete asked.

She hadn't intended to meet his gaze, but she did, and Pete must have seen what Cassie didn't want him to see in her eyes.

Pete stayed quiet a moment. "And you stayed around because of me."

Cassie wanted to deny it, but a lie like that wouldn't make it past her throat. Plus, he could no doubt see the truth now. Yes, she'd stayed because of him. A sort of personal torture. A penance for not having saved his brother. She couldn't have Pete because he hadn't known the truth about Everett and her. And she couldn't stand the thought of being away from him.

"I packed my suitcases, intending to leave," Cassie said. "But I couldn't make myself do it. If I had, you wouldn't be in danger. And if I'd surrendered to Everett today, Anna would be safe."

Pete cursed and pulled her to him. "No one's safe with a man like Everett on the loose. He wouldn't have stopped with just you."

No. Probably not. He would have gone after Pete because Everett would have considered him a loose end.

Her phone buzzed. Not a call but a text from Anna. Cassie's fingers were shaking so it took her a few seconds to push the right button to see the message.

"We got out," Anna texted. "We're on the way to the backup safe house. Will get in touch with you once we're settled."

The relief came in a flash, and the breath she'd been holding rushed out. Pete was right there to help her through that, too. Cassie wanted nothing more than to grasp onto the relief. And Pete. But Pete was the one who broke the embrace.

He eased back, looking at her. "Why would Everett give you a warning like that? He must have known you'd call Anna."

It was as if a Roman candle went off in her head, and Cassie couldn't take out her phone fast enough. If Everett's hackers had truly managed to get past their security, then he would have learned all sorts of things, including the location where Anna and Frank were headed next.

Pete was obviously on the same page as she was. "How far is the backup safe house from the location they just left?" he asked.

"Minutes." Oh, God.

Cassie had to warn her sister now.

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

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