Story Orgy Summer Rerun – Parson’s Hollow: Critter Catchers, Chapter Four

This week is the last Parson’s Hollow post until September when Demetrius and Cody return to continue their hunt for the crazy killer lurking in the woods around Parson’s Hollow. And they might even catch a few critters while they’re at it.

Today’s Hook Up prompt is: Separating them was the only choice.

Critter Catchers

 Parson’s Hollow Series, Book 1

Chapter Four

by Hank Edwards

(c) 2012

“You can’t arrest us!” Cody shouted.

“I can if I want, Bower,” Lucia shouted back, and stepped right up nose to nose with him. “You were the last ones to see these two victims! Any officer in their right mind would at least bring you in for questioning.”

“Well, that explains your reasoning then, doesn’t it?” Cody said with a snarl.

Demetrius’s stomach clenched as he stood on Lillian Hackett’s back lawn a few feet away, watching things escalate. It had started ugly and was getting worse. He knew separating them was the only choice, and wedged himself between the two, turning to face Cody.

“Okay, that’s enough,” Demetrius said, trying to catch Cody’s furious gaze. “Everyone’s freaked out about another dismemberment.”

“Another dismemberment?” a voice repeated.

All three stopped and turned to look. A man with sandy red hair, round glasses, and a nervous smile stood under an oak tree.

Demetrius met the man’s blue-eyed gaze for a split second and his breath, thoughts, and time itself seemed to screech to a halt.

“Who the fuck are you?” Lucia snapped.

“That’s Oliver,” Cody said. “The new Herald reporter.”

“You!” Lucia started for Oliver, hands out as though to strangle him.

Oliver let out a squeak of surprise and turned to flee across the lawn.

“You’d better keep on running,” Lucia shouted after him. “All the way to Pittsburgh!”

“Nice,” Cody said. “Threatening the public. How very Galactic Empire of you.”

Lucia spun on them. “To the station. Now!”

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Well, we’ll have to leave Demetrius and Cody (and Oliver, by the looks of it) in some hot water for now. As I said in the introduction, we’ll come back to them in September when they return to the regular Monday posts. Enjoy the last Dog Days of August, and don’t forget to come back Monday for the final installment of my Road Trip series, “Cross Country Foreplay.” Until then, be good or be good at it! If you’ve got some time, check out the other Story Orgy blogs!

J.R. Boyd,    Lee Brazil,     Havan Fellows,     Em Woods,     Jade Baiser

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