Where Shadows Lie series, book 4
David Cruz has made his choice: Bay City is his home—even though it isn’t the one his clan would’ve chosen for him. He plans to protect it. So, what better way to protect and serve, than to protect and serve? As a cop, David comes face-to-face with the ways of man’s world, crooked politicians, flawed legal systems, and shackled protectors. Those are only half his problems, because David is only half man, and he’s going to discover more about his other half than he ever wanted to know.
“Hi,” he said. “I wondered when you’d get out of the hospital.” Vic whipped around, her left hand undecided about moving her hair to hide her burns.
She walked past him to the door, and closed it. He saw silent communication pass between Vic and the nurses.
“Guess that’s today.” Vic leaned against the door with her back. A bit of her hair fell into her face.
“So,” she said, looking at his shoes. “How’ve you been?”
David walked to the window, and used the time to mull a bit. “Well, you know. Good, I think,” he said, and turned around.
Finally, she brought a hand up and scooped some hair behind her ear. The burns weren’t that obvious, he decided. “My mother visited, but had to go back home.” Plus her eyes helped draw attention. “A couple guys from the force, too. One guy, they tell me, was here more than anyone.”
David anticipated that coming out, but considered no reply if she brought it up. “Yeah.” He drew it out, looking at anything in the room but her.
“You look well.” She left the obvious question unsaid. She was there that night, and pieced together events. The only thing left unanswered was how. How had he survived that night unscathed, where she had been laid up in a hospital, comatose.
”I guess I should thank you for saving my life,” she never stopped eyeing him. “There anything you want to tell me?”
Yes, David thought. For a moment, he allowed himself to wish for different circumstances. Then it passed, and was gone. “I graduated from the police academy while you were in your coma, and now I’m a patrolman,” he said.
Vic pushed herself off the door and stood to her full height. David remembered how determined she could be. The door was solid, but she managed to open it, albeit slowly. She made a sweeping gesture.
“Then I’ll definitely see you around,” she said. David walked across the room. He was far off the beaten path of all the conversations he imagined having with her. He opened his mouth, then closed it again.