Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien

Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien

Author:Vivien Chien
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group


CHAPTER

17

In the time I’d been inside, Adam had called and left a message telling me to call him back.

“Hey, beautiful,” he said when he answered the phone. “What trouble are you getting into now?”

“Why do you always assume the worst about me?” I asked as I started the engine.

“I’ve found it’s best to always think you’re up to something. That way when you’re not, I can be pleasantly surprised.”

“Har-har.” I checked for oncoming traffic and pulled out from the curb, making my way back to the freeway.

“So, dinner with your family, huh? That should be interesting.”

“Tell me you can’t make it. Tell me you have to work late. Save yourself from the impending tragedy that will be tonight’s family dinner.”

“Oh come on, it can’t be that bad, can it?” he asked.

“Yes, and so much worse than you can possibly imagine.”

“Well, as luck would have it, I’m available tonight. I’m excited to meet your aunt. And besides, I wouldn’t want to disappoint Mama Lee. I’m still trying to win points with her.”

“She’s impressed with the fact that you want to take me on vacation. So that’s something in your favor.”

He chuckled. “And how’s your father feel about it?”

“His eye twitches a little bit, but I think he’ll be fine eventually,” I joked.

“Oh good, so I’ll pick you up at seven?”

“Sure, that sounds good,” I said. “Hey, can I ask you something?”

“Anything.”

“Do you think it’s odd that neither Calvin nor his mother want to acknowledge that what happened to Ronnie might have been done intentionally?”

“Lana.”

I could almost hear him shaking his head. “What? I just think it’s weird that both of them were offended by it. Don’t you?”

He groaned. “Not necessarily. I think the idea of your loved one being intentionally done in is more upsetting than it being a random act of violence. I mean, think about it. If it were me, would you rather me be murdered or die by circumstance? You know, wrong place, wrong time.”

“Well, either one is horrible. But if there was the slightest possibility of you being murdered, I’d want to consider it and then if that’s what happened, I’d want my revenge on that person. Like that one movie with the guy who goes after everyone that killed his family.”

“Oh, that one movie, huh?”

“Yeah … you know, that one … with the guy.”

He sighed. “Our conversations are not like other couples’, are they?”

“No, no, they’re not.”

“Okay, I’ll pick you up at seven, babe. Try to do minimal damage until then.”

We hung up as I merged onto I-271 South, heading back to the plaza. I’d been gone a shorter time than I originally intended and I’m sure Anna May would be relieved to see me back sooner than expected.

As I drove, I thought about what Adam said about Sandra’s reaction. I guess I could see where he was coming from, and maybe I was just different. I’ve always been one to examine all the possibilities, even the outrageous ones. Although, in this case, it wasn’t that outrageous considering what type of person Ronnie had been.



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