Diamond In The Rough
Part 28 (Genre:Romantic Suspense)
A story of chances, stealing, and love inside a city & man where all hope is gone. Can one woman change his destiny? Or will loneliness take over and leave him hopeless?
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Nick checked him visually from head to toe before saying, “You don’t look surprised to see me. Were you expecting me?”
“Why would I be expecting you?” Rob questioned.
The probation narrowed his eyes because Rob knew nothing he said could be trusted.
Nick knew Rob had passed many a polygraph tests without so much as a blip on the sheet. The blood that ran through Rob was a blessing and a curst at times. Right now, with Nick here, his past was a definite curse and he knew this whole visit would not go well for him and Diamond.
“Let me in Rob,” Nick ordered.
Rob moved out of the way without hesitating to let Nick inside and looked past him to see if there were other cop cars behind him. When he saw nothing except Nick’s car parked across the street, he closed the door and faced his probation officer.
“What do I have the honor of this visit?” Rob asked.
“You’re too damn smug, Rob,” Nick accused him. “What don’t I know?”
“You tell me? You’re the one that felt the need to pay me a visit.”
“That’s the second time you answered a question with a question. I know you don’t want me to know that you could have been a part of sending some corn-fed bread negro to the hospital with over one hundred and seven stitches to his face, a broken jaw and a cracked rib. Someone asked me did I have some Rob as one of my charges.”
Rob kept his face stone solid making sure he didn’t react to anything Nick was saying. “And what did you tell them?”
“What could I tell them? I have no charge named Rob, do I?” Nick crossed his hands over his chest giving Rob a look from head to toe. “Last time I checked I had a charge named Deamon Chance with a middle name of Roberto.”
Looking away, Rob had to hide his expression of relief. “Are you here to arrest me?”
“No, I’m not, but I want to know what the hell did this woman make you do to this guy?”
Turning back to Nick, Rob said defensively forgetting he wasn’t trying to admit to anything, “That son of a bitch came at me first. He walked on my property and punched the hell out of my stomach and then attacked me when I went over to her house to let her know about what he had done.”
“Dammit, Rob, with your record, do you know what could have happened if you end up in front of the judge again. You have only months to go and you’re willing to fuck it over for some bitch? Do you know how serious the charges could be against you? Do you know what time you could serve? Are you thinking with the right damn brain when dealing with this woman?”
author’s note: I was thinking of doing a twitter chat, blog post chat or facebook status discussion with readers as we head toward the downward slope of the story. Comment if you’re interested and what day and time would be best for you.