Calamity Jayne by Kathleen Bacus

By Kathleen Bacus

Whilst ditzy Shop-O-Mart worker Jayne leaves paintings past due one evening and takes the inaccurate automobile, she unearths a physique within the trunk and herself in negative chance. Whom she will belief other than the younger guy she grew up with, a tender guy who has tormented her—and her him—ever considering that she first referred to as him Ranger Rick?

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I started across the highway when lights topped the hill and bore down on me. I’m almost certain I had that deer-in-the-headlights look before I screamed and dove for the ditch to the sound of screeching brakes and rubber being transferred from tire to pavement. The shock of a sudden cold-water dousing generated a body-length shiver. The only consolation I could muster was the hope that the low water temperature would kill off any disease-carrying mosquitoes that happened to dip their wick in my fair skin.

I’m just a virtual prisoner here. But I’ve been thinking about getting online. You know. Surf the web. Go into one of those chat rooms. ” I hoped the tremor in my right eye didn’t show. ” I asked, hoping to derail what was sure to be a major pileup on the information superhighway. “Here, let me make you a roast beef sandwich, dear. I put a roast in the Crock-Pot the other day and it was so tender you could cut it with a fork. ” I helped Gram to her feet and let her fix me a roast beef on wheat with lettuce and mayo and a glass of milk.

I squinted at my brother’s pal. “Hello! ” “You forgot accused drug smuggler,” I said, then nodded. “Yes, yes! ” I shoved him toward his blinking four-by-four (he knew right where his hazard lights were located, Mr. Smartypants) and opened the driver’s door. “Now get in there and get help,” I yelled. ” I ran around to the passenger side door. Okay, so I couldn’t actually run due to my flapping footwear, but I moved as fast as I could. I hauled myself up into his monstrosity of a truck, expecting to see Ranger Rick dialing 911 on his cell phone to call in the cavalry.

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