“Relax,” she whispered in his ear, and tilted his head back, exposing his neck to the blade. “I inherited my grandfather’s razor. Johnny used to let me practice on him, just for the pure heck of it.” With one expert, clean swipe, she brought the blade up his neck, across his jaw and to his ear. Flipping the lather off of it, she brought it firm against his neck once more and whispered, “Lori Sink was here last night. At midnight. She was looking for you.”
He didn’t even dare to swallow.
With agonizing precision, she sliced the blade upward again, not even hesitating at the angle of his jaw. Just at his cheekbone, she let him feel the keen edge of steel against his skin and whispered, looking into his eyes upside-down, “Do you want to know what she said?”
“No,” he squeaked, trying to raise his head.
She caught his hair and pulled him back with a wicked laugh. The front of her robe opened as she leaned over him; the blade was at his throat again, and her grip was strong on his hair. Sweat popped out on his forehead from the agony of it all.
“Actually, she didn’t say much worth repeating,” Dena said in a raspy voice, “except one thing.” The blade made a slower course up his neck as she continued, “She said state investigators questioned her yesterday about the bombing at our house. Would you care to explain that?”
“No,” he squeaked again. The blade was moving so slowly he could have sworn he felt each hair die a screaming death. “Okay, I’ll tell you,” he whispered. She finished out the stroke cleanly, but did not let go of his hair. “There was a note from the lunatic that mentioned ‘wanting me back.’ Considering her access to my car, I thought . . .” Dena’s grip tightened on his hair. “. . . I thought it was possible that I was wrong about her innocence.”
“And yet she marched right in this supposedly secure building. Are you happy she didn’t murder me?” When he nodded his agreement, the blade returned to his neck, just beneath his Adam’s apple. “Is that all you have to say about Miss Sink?” she asked. “Think carefully.”
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