Diamond In The Rough
Part 31 (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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Getting in her car, Diamond collapsed her forehead against the steering wheel flushed with embarrassment. She couldn’t believe her wantonness with a perfect dangerous stranger, even though she had wanted being with him very much.
‘Didn’t you just tell yourself you didn’t want drama in your life? Isn’t that why you eagerly left New York?’
Fantasies were fantasies, but this man was more than a reality.
Driving home, she toiled over in her mind the lovemaking and the words from his probation officer.
“Stay away from him!”
Getting her cell phone, she decided to call her Uncle Reichard Peterson, who was a district commander in the Chicago Police precinct.
“Long time no hear from, niece. How’s life treating you in Detroit?” Reichard asked, his voice deep with concern. “I heard about the funeral and I’m so sorry I couldn’t make it. Everything seemed rather rushed.”
“His death was pending, but he asked that his funeral take place a day right after his death. That was his wishes. I’m fine though.”
Reichard asked, “Was he still insistent upon you selling the house and everything?”
“To his dying breath. He said to sell everything including all the furniture, except Momma’s chest. He made me promise to keep all her things in that chest.”
“Well that’s understandable. It belonged to your great-grandmother originally. I can see why. But I don’t think that’s the nature of your call, Diamond.”
Diamond took a deep breath to gather her thoughts and push away her embarrassment. Reichard Peterson had always been able to gauge people very fast. She was convinced this was a family trait, because she was able to do this as well.
“No it isn’t, Uncle Reichard. It seems I’ve gotten myself entangled with a guy.”
“Not just any guy because the last permanent boyfriend you had was college, wasn’t it?”
“What about Leonard?” she questioned.
“That knuckle head in New York? There’s a difference between a boyfriend and an obsessive pain in the ass.”
“I didn’t completely swear off men,” she grumbled.
“But you have busied yourself so much a serious relationship is like a blue moon in your life.”
He was right, but she didn’t want to agree with him “Well this one is rather unique and … how shall I say, thuggish?”
He sighed disappointed. “I blame your mother for the attraction you have with dangerous men, Diamond.”
“Okay, I won’t get into it. Is he as bas as that idiot half-brother?”
“Worse, I believe. He has a real criminal record. Served time twice, according too him.”
“He actually told you his record.”
“At the time I felt he was being very honest with me.”
“Most men wouldn’t admit they were incarcerated twice. How long have you known him?”
“Only a couple of days.”
“And how far has this relationship progressed?”
Her silence told him the answer and he didn’t keep her holding any longer tot give him an answer. After a moment, he ordered, “Give me his name.”
She gave him Rob’s full name and was glad the probation officer had forced her to know it.
“I’ll see what I can pull up on my end, but if it’s nothing really serious I won’t get a good hit,” Reichard let her know.
“I have a feeling it’s serious, Uncle.”
“And your guesses are never wrong. Can you give me about thirty minutes? I’ll put a rush on this for you.”
“Thanks. Uncle Reichard,” Diamond said relieved. “By the way, I know how you felt about my mother marrying a criminal and everything, which is why you have always kept your distance, but do you really think he knew where those diamonds were?”