from SILK STALKINGS, Material Witness #3
by Diane Vallere
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Hi, Vaughn McMichael here. You might remember me from one of Poly Monroe's other adventures. I'm the guy who found the kittens in the dumpster in SUEDE TO REST. I'm also the son of the guy who tried to buy Poly's fabric store out from under her. You would think one of those things would outweigh the other, but as it turns out, not so much. (If I were a betting man, I would have put my money on the kittens.)
But the fact is, I'm not a betting man. I work for my dad's investment company, and that means it's my job to help people out with money. Sometimes it's approval of a loan, sometimes it's helping them invest. In the case of Poly, it was neither, because when she needed help, she didn't come to me--she went to her ex-boyfriend. (If I were a betting man, I would have put my money on me instead of him, but I'm a bit biased.) Dad taught me to assess risk and make educated decisions on behalf of other people's money. On paper, maybe Poly wasn't a good risk, but I would have helped her out anyway.
But the problem isn't with her loan. It's with the fact that she could have come to me for help but she didn't. Does that mean she still has feelings for the other guy? Doesn't she remember how he acted when he found out about the kittens? Or that he wanted her to sell the fabric store that she inherited? Or the fact that he matches his dinner to the day of the week?
My sister Charlie thinks the whole thing is funny. She said she's never seen me stress over a woman before. I'll tell you one thing: Polyester Monroe is unlike any woman I've ever met. I were a betting man, I'd say she could be the one. So I guess it's a good thing that I'm not, right?
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