Hush Hush Tour – Extract
Eddie pinched the bridge of his nose. He wanted to punch out, hit the wall, throw the desk across the room, anything to rid himself of the feeling in his chest. He wouldn’t let his grief show in public, not even to his family. But Josh had been his friend since they were young boys and he trusted him more than he ever had any member of his family.
‘What the hell went on here last night?’ he yelled, slapping his hand down on the desk.
Jade visibly jumped. ‘Don’t look at me!’ she pouted.
‘I’m not. But someone knows something and I intend to find out who by the end of the day.’
‘Ed, I’m sorry.’ Leon walked round the desk to him and put a hand on his shoulder.
‘Yeah, I’m sure you are.’ Eddie shirked it off.
‘What’s that supposed to mean?’
‘Well, there was never any love lost between the two of you. I also know what’s been going on. Josh told me what you’ve been doing to make more money on the side. I was as pissed off with him getting involved as I am with you. It’s stupid. And would you stop with the snivelling, Jade?’ Eddie snapped.
Jade pulled herself upright. ‘I have feelings!’ she shouted. ‘Josh was my friend too. I can’t believe he’s gone.’
‘I can’t believe someone would kill him at the gym.’ Leon ran a hand through his hair. ‘And what the hell is she doing turning up here?’
‘Grace?’ Eddie said, noting his brother had evaded his accusations. His informant at the police station had told him she was back. He hadn’t been too pleased about it at the time, and had hoped their paths wouldn’t cross so soon. He’d wanted to get a handle on her before deciding whether they needed to get her on side, to recruit her to their team.
‘Yeah,’ Leon responded. ‘As a fed, she’s a threat. As a person, she’s not welcome at all.’
‘I think she made it perfectly clear she didn’t want anything to do with us.’ Eddie reached for his phone. There were already seven messages waiting for him – news was getting around.
‘I didn’t get that impression,’ Jade said. ‘I think she was shy, maybe overwhelmed to meet us all in one go. Aren’t either of you intrigued to see what she’s like?’
‘No, and you aren’t going to find out either,’ Eddie remarked. ‘She isn’t family and never will be.’
‘But that’s—’ Jade began.
‘But nothing.’ Eddie glared her way. ‘You’ll do as you’re told.’
Jade folded her arms and stuck out her chin. ‘You might think you can still bully me – both of you – but you can’t tell me what to do now that Dad isn’t here. If I want to see my sister, then I will.’
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