A Perfect Bloom 23 – Alex Ankarr

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A Perfect Bloom 23 – Alex Ankarr

She taps her chin, clearly thinking hard. “I don’t think that anyone with an expression like that – when they look at you – is out for the main chance. I don’t think it can be duplicated, not at will, consciously.”

God. Cory is, of course, dying for more details than that. Of course he wants to know exactly what kind of expression Linnet feels she’s caught on Sam’s lovely, mobile, chiselled-beauty features. Exactly. But he’s not going to ask – that’s a trap he’s too wily for. It’s not good to be too much in Linnet’s cool, competent thrall, in her power. It’s enough, to know that it’s something that weights the evidence in Sam’s favour, even prior to taking actual evidence into account.

That part, though, he can ask about. “What research?” Cory asks.

And Linnet’s pretty face turns crafty. “How much do you know about his criminal record?” she asks Cory.

Cory flushes. Because he’s made more enquiries, investigated further, than is maybe seemly or justifiable or wise. It hasn’t got him that far. There are statutory limitations on the release of privileged information like that. And even within the bounds of those restrictions, it’s been hard to limit his questions to those that can be cloaked beneath an air of casual curiosity, and still get hold of anything solid and useful.

“Um, it’s all non-violent?” he offers. That much he’s been able to establish. He likes to think that if the answer to that one had been otherwise, then he would have been able to nip his little crush in the – well, in the bud, as one could say.

“Yes,” Linnet confirms, sounding satisfied. She’s probably just relieved that it was an important enough issue to him that he checked it out, before finally giving his infatuation wilful free rein. Then she gets that mother-hen look on her sweet face, that says that she’s going to make certain sensitive disclosures, and she sincerely hopes that he’s mature and responsible enough to be trusted with her information.

 

 

 

© Copyright Alex Ankarr 2014

No unauthorised reproductions allowed. All rights reserved to the author. No inspirations for characters drawn from real-life individuals, no resemblance to real individuals intended.

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