Excerpt from "Independence Day" by Avril Adams
"So what brings you here?" she said.
"Business or pleasure?" The corners of her lips turned slightly upward when she said "pleasure". Easy does it, Ava. Take your foot off the gas.
"Neither." He glanced, discreetly, she thought, for a wedding ring. She folded her left hand, hiding the crooked middle finger broken during the escape. Frank had sent his own man from the mortuary to push her into a false-bottom coffin for the getaway.
"Art, you might say. I'm a writer. Freelance."
"What are you freelancing?" As if she didn't know.
"I'm covering the Coburn murder trial for People's Gazette Magazine."
"The Coburn murder trial? That gangland murder up in the hills a few years ago?"
"That's the one," he said with emphasis, circling a thick finger around the crest of his glass. Ava shivered, her well-shaped breasts contributing their part to the performance.
She set her drink on the bar and poked at the ice cubes with a swizzle stick while she thought of something to say that would imply she had some sympathy for the victims. "So they finally got the killers," she said. "I remember seeing the coverage and thinking what they did was so cold-blooded." She held her fingers like a pistol. "Each one of them, two to the head, pop, pop, execution style. Weren't there four people in that house? Four college students?”
"I believe so," he said, thoughtfully, after a pause. "Yes, four. You have a good memory, Danni."
One of them was Frank’s niece, you Dumbo. You could have just taken the cocaine, but you’re a killer at heart. So you’re gonna be number five, Conrad Oliver.
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Avril Adams lives in the Inland Empire. She writes crime fiction, often in the noir genre. Her story, "The Lowriders" was included in Last Exit to Murder. She has had several other short stories published. In addition to crime fiction, Avril writs science fiction with a humanist twist as well as children's stories. She is working on a novel starring an African-Amercican female PI. Her animals are an inspiration for her fiction.