Title: Not Her Mother's Fate
Genre: Women's fiction
“You like Robert?”
“Usually,” Amy answered, feeling it an odd question. “Do you?”
He nodded, his lips curving in a tight smile. “I have a special interest in
Daryl looked her up and down again, but not the sexual dressing down he’d given her earlier. She turned her face away as his long, smooth finger gently caressed her jaw.
“Exquisite,” he whispered appreciatively. “Who do you work for?”
He laughed. It was a beautiful sound, a man used to being entertained.
“There you are, Amy. I’ve been looking all over for you.”
Daryl looked towards Robert’s voice, lifted a hand, and the burly guard stepped out of the way. Robert hurried towards her with two melting drinks in his hand.
“Thanks,” Daryl said as he snagged a glass.
Robert looked angry as he glanced at Amy. She blushed at the accusation in his eyes, knowing he had to have witnessed the slow, tantalizing caress. When she looked up at Daryl, his gray eyes were alive with teasing mischief.
“Truce,” Daryl chuckled as he held up his stolen glass.
“For Cal,” Robert agreed, and they drained the drinks together. “You buying into this?”
Daryl grinned, handed the empty cup back to Robert. “I like her. You should introduce her to my wife.”
“Fat chance,” Robert replied instantly. “You keep
The sensuous laugh again from Daryl. “Well, can’t win them all.”
An awkward silence followed as each man assessed the other. Surprisingly, Daryl was the first to break the tense silence as he clasped Robert’s shoulder.
“God I miss Cal,” Daryl admitted hoarsely, swiping at a tear in the corner of his eye. “You’re his favorite, you know.”
“Fuck you,” the big man demurred. “Stuck with me, but he picked you.” Daryl could throw some proof in Robert's face instead. What's he trying to get from Robert here? Embarrassment? Admission of some kind of guilt?
Robert apparently had no come back for that one.
With a survivor’s instinct for hidden motives, Amy realized this moment was why Robert attended the party.
“Watch yourself out there,” How is this relevant to Robert being the favorite? What prompted the change of subject? Robert said in a low voice. There was genuine concern in his tone as he glanced towards the party. “
“Like I need your advise advice,” The above was too vague to be called advice, I think. Good place for a "Fuck you" though. Daryl said sarcastically. “I’m not helpless without Cal.” Robert pulled back with a snarl, but Daryl grabbed his shirt in one hand and wrapped an arm around Robert’s shoulder. “Some of ‘them’ think I’m gunning to hurt you
“I heard that rumor.” This is vague, which I'm reading as Robert getting nervous. Was that what you wanted?
“They’re wrong,” Daryl said sharply. Robert nodded, looking past Daryl, down the hall to the bedrooms. All drunkenness vanished from Daryl as he shook Robert. “You know something?”
“Who Brad talks to is none of my business, right? I’m sure you’ve done your own check on his new enforcer.”
The conversation seems to veer from subject to subject, but that could be because it's only a snippet of a scene. And it's a bit... odd that Robert says he's been looking for Amy and then proceeds to ignore her. They both do, actually. There could be many reasons for that, but if she's important to them her presence should have an impact on the conversation. Either because they want to include her or they're deliberately trying to exclude her, control what she hears, etc.