Blue Parrot Blues – 2

*Part Two*

Jess made herself a double espresso and prayed it would ease the hangover she had from last night. She’d been frequenting the Blue Parrot again after staying away for a week. She didn’t want to run into Miranda’s brother. Not after their disastrous first encounter. Oh, it started off promising enough. He was really sweet. And seriously good looking. And they were enjoying a delightful conversation. Jess hadn’t laughed a whole lot the past few months. Not since the night Matthew nearly died in her arms…and then, after recovering, left Southampton without even saying good-bye. Miranda was relieved to see her friend enjoying herself again. And then Jess caught just a glimpse of what had haunted her since that night. It was unmistakable. She could pick up the scent even from that distance. Jess bolted from the table and raced to the Blue Parrot’s exit, shifting as she gave chase even though she felt sick to her core, running right past James and Sean, two members of her pack. Jess hoped they wouldn’t tell Mac, her pack leader. Mac seemed preoccupied lately, about what she couldn’t even guess, and he didn’t need to worry about her. She didn’t need people worrying about her. Damn it, Jess thought, she wasn’t a kid. She’d turned twenty-two last month. Mac told her more than once that she was too independent for her own good. Then she stopped, as suddenly as she had given chase. She’d lost the scent and couldn’t track it. Jess reshifted to human form and went home, not willing to believe the scent she’d followed was…a demon!?

***

Jess drank the double espresso and sat there in her kitchen feeling sorry for herself. She hated feeling helpless. “Screw it,” she said out loud. She grabbed her new leather jacket and started to leave when her phone rang. It was Miranda, but Jess didn’t pick up. “Jess?” Miranda’s voice was full of concern. “You okay? Call me.” Jess had a moment of guilt for worrying Miranda, but locked the door to her town house and went out. And ran smack into Colin, Miranda’s brother. “Whoa, you’re in a hurry?” he said, bracing himself against the doorway. “Sorry, Colin. I need to be somewhere.” She hoped he wouldn’t ask where before she could come up with a plausible response. Colin looked concerned, which made Jess feel uncomfortable. “I wanted to know, Jess, what happened at the Blue Parrot last week?”
Jess flushed, “I’d rather just forget about it, okay?” She started to walk away, then turned to him and said, “You’re a nice guy, Colin, but you don’t want to be around me. Nothing good will come of it.” Colin smiled, “I don’t scare that easily, Jess. If you’re in trouble or something, maybe I can help.”
Jess touched his arm lightly. “I’m just dealing with some stuff right now.”
“If you want to talk sometime,” Colin said, I’m a good listener. Miranda told me about your friend.” Jess’s voice caught, “He was more than a friend, Colin. We were in love.”

*to be continued*

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  1. Phil
    February 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks, Tiffany! Jess has to decide if she’ll let someone into her life again, and so far it appears to be no. But Colin’s not the type to give up.

  2. February 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Oooh nice! Sounds like she is going to have to hunt down a demon! I like this Colin character too…maybe he is going to be more helpful than Jess realizes…hmmm on to the next part!

  3. Phil
    February 11, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Thanks so much Marsha! I’m really flattered you like it. Aheila will post parts 3 and 4 today…if she can find the time, lol.

  4. marsha
    February 11, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Very good Phil. Now you have me hooked, I have see what kind of trouble Jess is in.

  5. Phil
    February 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks Antonio! Parts 3 and 4 should be up tomorrow. I’m thrilled you like it.

  6. Antonio Rich
    February 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    (Dramatic music: “Dun_Dun_Dunnnn!) What will happen next? Good job, Phil. 😉

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