From the Inside Flap
They were doing ninety K's from a standing start, the engineroaring, down a suburban street. Fetch, if that's what his name was, had takenoff his leather vest and t-shirt. He was wrapping his wounded arm in the shirt.He barked, "Left," and she took the turn.
"Are we in a car chase?" There was no bike behind them.
Fetch was watching the side mirror. "Nope."
"Can I slow down?"
"We're in a car chase."
"Nope. We're just being efficient." He was military precision,with the way he was watching behind them.
"Can I be efficient at a slower speed?"
"In a mo. Go right."
She took the turn. They were in a car chase no matter what hesaid. She was going to get arrested, and Justin would find her, and she'd go tojail. Like father like daughter, except she really was guilty. She gripped thewheel. She had to keep it together or she'd be a road statistic instead of aprison one. She focused and drove and tried not to watch the rear-view overlymuch. Eventually he said, "Slow up. There's a McDonald's at the next crossstreet."
She glanced at him. Was he serious? She slowed up anyway.
"Pull in there. Get in the drive-through."
He was serious. "You want a Big Mac now?"
He laughed. "No. I want you to have a chance to catch your breath.We're not being chased. It's okay."
"How can it be okay? You got knifed. You're a criminal and I'm agetaway driver." There was a queue for the drive-thru. She pulled in and acarload of teenagers pulled in behind them.
He grunted. "I promise you I'm not a bad guy."
"You're a drug courier."
He sighed. "It's complicated."
"That's it? That's all I get? It's complicated." She glared athim. "Get out of my car."
"I wish I could. Believe me I wish I could."
He was bloody and limping but much as she hated him she couldn'tdump him here. "Right, okay. I'll get you to a hospital but that's it for us."
"You're at the speaker box thing. Order something."
They'd been creeping forward in the line. She could hear thesquawk of a voice through the intercom. She opened her window. This wassurreal. She'd just been an accomplice in a gang crime and now she was havingfries with that.