BY: Luke Griffin
OF: The Bad Luck Cat Mysteries
BY: Kay Finch
I know a very special woman who got herself into some trouble one night when she decided to investigate a murder on her own at The Wild Pony, the local beer joint in Lavender, Texas. Her predicament began when one of the locals started flirting and got way too aggressive with her. I couldn't stand by and watch the jerk put his slimy hands on that woman, who clearly didn’t want anything to do with him. And that’s the night Sabrina Tate won my heart …I’m hoping she’ll agree to be my special Valentine from here on out. Here’s how she tells the story of what happened on our first night.
“I felt an arm snake around my waist and turned to see Mr. Belt Buckle had returned.
"Hiya, sweetheart." He brought his face close to mine. "Whaddya say we leave Chester in his misery and have us a little dance. I wiped the table with those bozos." He glanced over his shoulder at the cleared pool table and the other players clustered at one end.
The band was playing a slow song now, and there was no way I was getting any closer to this guy than I already was.
"You're Ernie Baxter's twin brother," I said, realizing why he looked familiar.
"Guilty," he said. "I'm Eddie, and you must be Sabrina, the not-so-teenage witch I heard about from Mom. She told me I'd be runnin' into you sometime soon, and here you are." He gave me another appraising glance.
I twisted out of his grasp, uncomfortable with him and the eerie suggestion that Twila Baxter knew I'd show up at The Wild Pony before I had any intention of doing so. "I came to speak with Chester."
"Best wait 'til he dries out." Eddie took my arm and started toward the dance floor. "He gets delirious when he's drunk. We have plenty of time to get to know each other better."
I tried dodging him, but Eddie moved closer and soon his arm was around my waist again, fingers twisted around one of my belt loops. I grabbed those fingers and said, "Let me go."
"Aw, sweetheart," he said, "I'm cool. Give me a chance."
I writhed and twisted as I tried to disconnect myself from him, but he stuck like glue.
"Why don't you show me some of your witchy moves," he said. "Bet you got some-"
Before he finished the thought, Eddie's knees buckled and his legs were swept out from under him. Someone ripped his hand away from my waistline and took my arm. Then I was hurtled along through the crowd and found myself outside where light rain was falling.
"C'mon," the man next to me said. "Let's take cover."
I was grateful he'd separated me from Eddie Baxter, but did I want to go anywhere with this guy?
I turned to him and saw in the glare of the lights along the porch that Luke Griffin held my arm.
He pointed across the street to what looked like an abandoned service station with a roof over what used to be the pumping area.
We ran across the street together." - Excerpt from Black Cat Crossing
The rest - as they say - is history. Maybe a bar isn't the best place to meet a significant other, but it's where I met mine. Where did you and your significant other meet?