Ashes of Temptation – Book Teaser 2 – by Eve Rabi
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People say it’s okay to fail in life sometimes. They say it can be a stepping stone to … blah! blah! blah! They’re right.
I’ll tell you one thing you should never fail at. Murder. Oh, no, it’s one of the worst things you can possibly fail at. Especially a carefully orchestrated one. Ask anyone behind bars for attempted murder and they will tell you, that kind of failure is not an option, and it’s a stepping stone to time in prison.
In my case, my husband had an affair. That was okay – it happens. What was not okay, was him and his mistress, luring unsuspecting me to my death, burying me alive, she assuming my identity, they living a charmed life.
You feeling sorry for me? You should. Can you think of anything worse than being buried alive? No? You’re right – there isn’t anything worse than that – it’s pure hell.
It’s okay though, because they failed at murder, so they would live to regret it, because … I’m alive and I’m coming after them! Shhhh!
The second excerpt from Ashes of Temptation (Temptation Series):
The story continues …
Colin raises his hand to backhand her, when they are interrupted by the sound of a crying baby.
Colin, appearing startled and surprised, jerks his head to look at the baby bassinette lying next to Clover’s bed. It was covered in a sheet, so he’s somehow missed it.
With his brow furrowed, and dragging Clover with, he raises the sheet and stares at the baby, his eyes widening as he does. “We have a baby?” The question is bad enough, without the sudden excitement in his eyes.
The look on his face tells her that his mind is gauging and calculating – How can this baby be mine when I’ve been in prison for three years? His neck jerks to look at her. “Then … whose …” His eyes turn to slits.
Clover’s knees buckle with fear. He is already so angry, if she tells him the truth, what then? Will he hurt the baby?
Clover launches into survival mode. “Please, Colin,” she begs, wiping blood off her mouth. “Please, just … calm down and … and I’ll tell you. Please!”
He stares at her.
The baby continues to cry.
When Drover hears the baby cry, he slams his shoulder harder against the door. The sounds of the door slamming against the set of drawers, only serves to make the baby cry louder.
Inside the room, Clover’s begging and pleading continues. “Please, he’s so little, Colin, and he’s crying. Let me get to him. Please, I beg of you.”
He doesn’t move; he seems frozen.
“Please, he’s like Angel … like Eden, but little. Please, Colin.”
Bringing Angel and Eden’s names into the fray works – Colin’s hold on her hair relaxes. Clover darts out of his reach, quickly slips on a dressing gown, and with shaking hands, picks up her baby.
As Colin watches his wife soothe a baby that’s not his, his shoulders round. “You have a baby with him, Clover?”
She gives Colin an apologetic look.
Colin sits on the edge of the bed and mutters, “How could this be happening?”
“Colin, I’m so s … sorry. I am. I’m just so sorry.”
He stares at her in silence.
“I didn’t mean for this to happen. I’m so sorry, Colin.”
“I’m going to kill him, Clover.” His tone of voice is so matter-of-fact, Clover is suddenly covered in goose bumps. She looks at the door that threatening to burst open any moment. On one hand she wants Drover to enter the room, on the other, she is terrified of what might happened when he does.
“I promise, I am going to kill him.”
Stay calm! Stay calm! The most important thing to Clover right now, is to get the baby out of this room and to safety. Colin’s state of mind – he’s hit her and he’s threatened to kill Drover – is terrifying right now. Most of all, she is terrified he may harm the baby. She doesn’t care what he does to her; she just wants to keep the baby from harm.
“Please, Colin, the baby needs his bottle. “Please …”
Colin stares at the baby, ignoring the sound of the door being broken down, ignoring her pleas, a somewhat baffled look on his face.
“Open the fucking door, Callan!” Drover says, fear in his voice.
“Please, Colin, he’s just a little baby and he needs a feed. Please …”
After staring at her for a while, Colin gets to his feet and walks toward the door. He stands in front of the cupboard blocking the door and watches it move inch by inch with Drover’s shoving.
Clover holds her breath – will he allow her out, or won’t he?
Then, to her absolute relief, Colin pushes away the cupboard.
The door flies open and Clover rushes out with the baby in her arms, colliding with Drover in the passageway.
“Did he hurt you?” Drover demands, pushing her aside to stand in front of Colin.
With the baby in her arms, Clover tries to hold Drover back, wanting to prevent a physical confrontation between him and Colin. In her mind, Colin is not the villain here, he is the victim. She cheated on him.
“He didn’t hurt me, Drover. He didn’t!”
Drover points at her split lip. “You’re bleeding! Don’t lie to me, Love!”
“Drover, listen to me: I fell. I fell and hit the … the side of the chair when … when I got out of bed. In my haste. He didn’t hurt me.”
“That’s a lie!” Drover snarls, trying to push past her.
With her baby in her arms, she desperately tries to block his path. “Drover, stop!”
“Why were you screaming, then? Huh? He hurt you. I can tell. Step aside. NOW!”
“No!” Clover says, “I … I was just … just … I’m okay.” She thrusts the baby at Drover. “Give him a bottle of milk, please. Go!”
Drover doesn’t take the baby from Clover, and he doesn’t move.
For a few moments, they all stand in a row, Drover, Clover and Colin. Behind Drover is Andrew, Daisy and Milton, all with shocked looks on their faces.
“Please, Drover, be part of the solution, not the problem. Please.”
Drover looks at Clover’s flushed face, at Colin’s angry one, and says, “Daisy, take the baby.”
Daisy steps forward and takes the baby off Clover.
Even though Clover is afraid right now – afraid that Colin might attack her again now that the baby is out of her arms, afraid of a physical confrontation between Colin and Drover, she knows what she must do – calm Colin down.
She turns to him. “Colin, please … let’s go downstairs and talk.”
“Go put on some clothes!” Colin says.
That order from him, random as it is, is a startling reminder that she is still married to him. That he still believes that she is his wife.
She looks at Drover.
He has a sneer on his face.
Clover wants to put on some clothes, but she dares not leave Colin and Drover alone for a moment. Nor will she ask Colin to go into the room with her to put on some clothes.
Having no choice, Clover pulls her gown tightly around her, and in a firm voice says, “I’m okay, Colin. Let’s go downstairs.” She looks at Drover and motions for him to lead the way.
He does, and she follows him downstairs, with Colin behind her.
They stand in the living room in a triangle – Drover, Clover and Colin. A short distance away stands Milton with his arms folded. Lurking in the back of the room are Andrew and Daisy.
“Can you please give us some space?” Clover whispers to Drover.
Drover shakes his head from side to side.
“Drover, it’s okay.”
He remains where he is, a stubborn look on his face.
“Drover, please!” she begs.
“Don’t ask me that again, Love,” he snaps.
With a sigh, Clover turns to Colin. “Colin, look, I’m –”
“Whose house is this, Clover?” Colin demands. “I need the truth, you hear?”
With a nod, Clover says, “Drover’s house, I mean, Phillip. But, but … but … Colin, I live here. I rent it with our girls.”
“You rent it from him?”
“Y … yes …”
“You’re having an affair with this jerk?” Milton demands from a distance. “The one who put your husband behind bars? Huh?”
Clover glares at Milton. “You be quiet! This does not concern you. Please!”
Milton gives a mirthless chuckle. “Right.”
Clover turns back to Colin. “When did you get released, Colin? Like why? I mean, how did you get out?”
Colin doesn’t answer; he just stares at Clover, his jaw clenched, that look in his eye again that tells her that his brain is trying to process all that he’s hearing.
“Early release, four years’ probation,” Milton says in an impatient voice. “Nutshell. Your turn, Mrs. Callan.” He tilts his head at her.
Ignoring Milton, Clover looks at Colin. “Really, Colin? That’s … that’s wonder –”
“Wonderful?” Colin sneers. “Please!”
Clover looks away, her face red with embarrassment. She looks at Drover. He is glaring at Milton, a scowl on his face.
Colin looks around. “Where are my daughters?”
“Angel is at a sleepover at –”
“How convenient,” Milton says. “Get rid of the kids so you two can –”
“Mate, shut the fuck up!” Drover snarls. advancing toward Milton.
Milton quickly backs down.
“Colin, I will pick her up soon,” Clover says in a modulated voice. “They’ve had a birthday party for Arena’s daughter Savannah, yesterday. A sleepover. Slumber party. Eden is here. Asleep.” She points upstairs.
“Why do you call him Drover?” Colin demands.
Clover hesitates. Tell the truth and have Drover disbarred, or skirt the question? She chooses the latter. “Because … Colin, it’s a long story.”
Colin folds his arms and looks at Clover. “I’ve got time, and I want the truth. Everything. Every single thing!”
Clover covers her face with her hands. Every little thing. Where does she start?
Colin reaches and pulls away her hands.
“Hey!” Drover says.
Colin stands up straight and looks at Drover, a yeah?-what-you-gonna-do-about-it? look on his face.
Clover quickly flashes her palm at Drover, urging him to be quiet. She then looks pointedly at Milton.
Milton rolls his eyes, before backing out of the house, muttering something about how much his daughter is going to love this drama.
Clover turns to Colin. “O … kay.” She blows out a breath that sends her fringe fluttering. “Colin, I met Drover years ago and I had a … a relationship with him.”
“No, that can’t be.” Colin shakes his head vigorously from side to side. “You did not have a relationship with him, Clover. No!”
“Clover, he acted for the state, against me. He would have had to recuse himself from the case if there was something between the two of you. You would have told me about it.”
Clover chews on her lower lip, unsure what to say.
“Oh, I get it – he wanted to be involved so that he could send me away, pave the way for himself.” He nods. “It makes sense now.”
“Bullshit!” Drover says.
“I’m not talking to you!” Colin snaps, darting his finger at Colin.
“Colin, stop!” Clover cries.
“Mate …” Drover says, “don’t point your fucking finger at me!”
“Drover, please!” Clover says.
“I’m not your mate,” Colin says moving toward Drover. “So, don’t call me mate.”
Clover grabs hold of Colin’s t-shirt. “Colin, stop!”
“Or you’ll do what, mate?” Drover snarls, moving toward Colin.
“Drover, just stop!” Clover begs.
Andrew steps between the angry men and does his bit to help keep them apart.
“And don’t call her Love,” Colin says. “Her name is Clover. Clover Callan.”
With a defiant look on his face, Drover says, “Love – she’s Love to me.”
“I’ll smash your face in,” Colin says. “You wanna try me. I’ve been in prison, remember? You put me there so you could steal my family. Remember?”
“Fuck you! You put yourself there because you were a jerk to your wife. Don’t blame others. Take responsibility for your actions, man.”
The men glare at each other, both bristling with fury.
Clover is at a loss – what does she do next?
“I’m going to kill you,” Colin warns in a quiet voice.
Again, Colin’s tone of voice is matter-of-fact, an announcement, rather than a threat, brings another bout of goose bumps for Clover.
“Dad … dad … must I call the police?” Daisy asks from a distance.
Drover does not answer.
“No,” Clover mouths to Daisy. “Call Ritchie. Tell him to come quickly. Ask him to bring Bear with. Hurry!”
With a nod, a nervous Daisy makes the call.
Clover turns to Colin. “Colin, please calm down. I can explain everything. Just give me a chance to.”
Colin grabs her arm. “Explain? Explain how you visited me in prison while carrying his baby, and managed to keep it from me? Explain that, Clover?”
“Hey, take it easy,” Drover says. “Don’t manhandle her.”
“You shut your mouth!” Colin snarls. “You scum! You goddamn thief!”
“Oh, God!” Clover moans.
“Thief?” Drover’s chuckle is dry. “Who stole from their congregation, huh? Millions of dollars?”
“Drover, please!” Clover begs.
Colin moves toward Drover, his fists clenched. “Get the hell out of here! Now!”
“This is my house!” Drover says.
“Drover, please,” Clover begs, tears filling in her eyes. “I need your help here. Please?”
Drover takes in Love’s liquid eyes and simmers down. With a nod, he backs out of the room, muttering, “He better not touch you.”
As Drover turns to walk out of the living room, Colin does something Clover never thought he’d do. He lunges at Drover and punches him in the temple. Blindsided, Drover stumbles ahead and crashes into a table.
Drover turns around and, boots Colin in the knee.
Colin falls to the ground.
“You threw the first punch mate,” Drover says, standing over Colin, his fists balled, his legs astride. “You start something, I’ll finish it, mate. Don’t fuck with me! Don’t FUCK with me! Especially not in my home.”
While still on the ground, Colin lashes out with his foot, slamming his boot into Drover’s ankle, sending him crashing to the ground.
Daisy and Clover’s screams fill up the quiet neighbourhood.
Just when Clover thinks it can’t get any worse, six policemen charge into the house.
“Colin’s on probation!” Clover shrieks. “Oh God!”
End of Excerpt.
Ashes of Temptation coming soon!
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About Eve Rabi AuthorEVE RABI is the author (and screenwriter) of 33 romantic crime & suspense thrillers. She is known for her kick-ass leading ladies, her sense of humor and her no-holes barred love stories. To quote an Amazon reviewer: “Eve Rabi is a 5 star general. Different, excellent, unputdownable. Eve Rabi is the lady for now and the Future.” For more info on Eve Rabi's books, and to download 4 free books, visit http://amzn.to/178qMZY
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