For a story filled with secrets and intrigue, Author Don Wooldridge, sets the scene in such a manner the reader is compelled to keep the pages turning. Will Sarah keep the upper hand? Will she have to resort to violence to protect her family? As much as Sarah desires the peace promised by new beginnings – the secrets continue in Clayton County
Sarah backed away. “Since you work for me Howard Archer, and you’re drunk, I’m firing you. That’s what it means. Now, get on outta’ here!”
“You can’t fire me!” Howie grabbed the bicep of Sarah’s left arm and yanked her toward him. Standing an inch away from her face, Howie hollered at her, “You need me. I’m the best man you’ve got.”
Trying to pull her arm away, she raised her voice to make her point. “You are not the best man I’ve got, mister, my husband is! Secondly you’re worse than a two-year-old child. I’m tired of babysitting you!”
Howie wasn’t used to women standing up to him, so he decided to ease off to let her cool down. “Easy, easy. I’ve done the job haven’t I? No need to fly off the handle.”
Still struggling to free herself, Sarah said. “No, you haven’t done the job. Because of you our AAA rating has been lowered for the first time… ever! You’ve embarrassed us.”
Seeing she wasn’t going to back down, Howie lost it, grabbed her by the throat and turned her into his face saying, “Listen, I need this job and there’s no way you’re going to fire me, you hear? I’ve killed more important people than you with my bare hands, bitch! You’re peanuts to me, and you’re gonna do what I say.”
Sarah could feel the strength of his grip and the look in his glazed eyes. She was scared.
If this man hurts me out here, I’m in serious trouble. And what would the family in my truck do? Damn, I need Kent.
Shaking Sarah, Howie growled, “I ain’t ever been fired by a woman and it’s not going to
“Okay, I understand,” Sarah said trying to steady her voice as she pulled her pistol out the holster and pressed it against his stomach.
“Maybe it would be easier for you to explain if I just shot you instead.”