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from Mama needs new shoes by Shirley Holder Platt

Copyright © 2019–2020 Shirley Holder Platt

Chapter 19

“Good news,” Pops said during breakfast the next morning. “Found the perfect spot. It’s abandoned, but no paper in the windows.”

“We agreed…”

“Listen to your old man for a change. Will you?” He sipped his vodka laden coffee and smirked at me. “It’s got reflective glass windows. How perfect is that? No one will give a passing thought to cars in the parking lot. Plus it’s on a side street with virtually no traffic. It’s just north of the Southwest Freeway, so easy get-away. It's got a garage bay we can use to hide the van in. Plus, I already got inside once. No alarms on the property.”

“OK. Sounds like you’ve done your homework.”

“Am I good, or what?”

“No bragging this early in the morning,” I said. I hadn’t finished my first cup of coffee, sans vodka, and my head was pounding from all the worrying I’d done the night before when I should have been sleeping.

“Call your guy. Set it up.” Pops rubbed his hands together greedily. I could see the wheels turning in his head. He was counting the dollars he’d be able to spend betting on the next Astros game.

“When I finish this,” I said. I lifted my cup and took a sip. My hair was sticking up in a multitude of directions, I felt clammy and smelled sweaty. I finished my coffee and moseyed toward the bedroom. “I’ll call after I shower and dress.”

“Take your time,” Pops said. “You know what I alwa...

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