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The Misunderstanding (Part 5 of 6)

The Misunderstanding

By Russ Towne

“That was your chance!” Twenty men moved as one toward Burdett.

“WAIT!” The men stopped. “Okay. I threatened you and your family.”

“And grabbed my wife’s hair, slammed and trapped her against her car, and slapped her.”

Burdett looked at the faces of the men in the circle looking for lack of resolve or weakness. All he saw was rage.

He whispered, “Yes.”

“What was that?”

“YES! I’m sorry! Okay? I promise to leave you and your family alone.”

Jayce laughed, “You’re not getting off that easy.” Several men pulled out their phones and played back Burdett’s confessions. “We all decided the climate here is bad for your health. It’s time you left the state and never came back. Tonight.”

“WHAT?” Twenty men moved closer.

“OKAY! I’ll go.”

“You’ve got thirty minutes to clear out.”

Burdett headed for his trailer. The men watched him like hawks to make sure he didn’t try anything.

On a hunch, Jayce searched the yellow pickup. Sure enough, he found a loaded gun under the driver’s seat.

Twenty-seven minutes after Burdett started packing, he was in his truck and ready to go.

“We’ll follow you ‘til you cross the state line. Then the cops get your confession.”

Burdett floored the old pickup and roared out in a cloud of dust with carloads full of men on his tail.

Jayce turned to Ray as they watched them go. “It looks like it’s finally over, my friend!”

Ray let out a big sigh. “Yes. Thank you! I owe you all a lot. Especially you.”

“That’s what friends are for.”

They smiled, gave each other a bear hug, and Ray left to pick up his family and take them home. He couldn’t wait to tell Jan the good news.

Burdett crossed the state line and stopped. The men in the other cars turned and headed home. When he was sure they were just barely out of earshot he screamed, “Your friends are dead. You hear me? DEAD!!”

(To be continued…)

About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.

6 comments on “The Misunderstanding (Part 5 of 6)

  1. You really know how to build tension and leave us hanging! Great job.

  2. I knew the slime ball wouldn’t give up that easy, but what will he cook up next? o_O
    What?

    • Your comment reminded me that I owe you the final installment of the story. Otherwise, it would be like reading a suspense/thriller book and finding the last chapter has been torn out of it.

      • 😀 😀 Nah. I have patience but what you mention about the last chapter torn out, I read Obama’s Dreams From my Father and thirty pages were missing. No, not turn out. didn’t make it into the book. The page numbers also told the story.

        Good read, Russ.

  3. That’s wild about the book you mentioned. Strange.

    Thank you for your patience and compliment.

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