READER'S ROCK LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE VOL 2 ISSUE 4 NOVEMBER 2014 Vol. 1 Issue 9 March 2014 - Page 71

It was the lifeline she’d been looking for. She bobbed her head several times, her face changed color to something like normal, and she regained her breath. I said, “Let’s get out of here before one of your office mates comes back. We need to go someplace where you can tell me your story. Where’s a good place?” EXCERPT FROM THE TALUS SLOPE: Judy Benoit turned every shade of red, rose, pink, and purple known, but was now ashen and gray. She rubbed her hands on her jeans trying to dry her palms. Sweat broke out across her brow and started to drip in her eyes. Tears coursed down her cheeks. She moaned and leaned over at the waist toward me. I watched her shoulders shake and wrenching sobs began escaping her lips. After a couple minutes, the crying began to subside and she slowly raised her head. Her face was a wreck. She took a couple of deep breaths and shuddered. “You’re right on almost everything. I didn’t know the truth until I was back here. You’ve gotta believe me. I didn’t know what they were doing, and I still don’t know all of it except for one thing---I didn’t kill Martie. Oh, God, I didn’t kill her!” I let her stare into space for several seconds. “I believe you, Judy. But, you’re going to have to tell me everything. If your story holds up, I’ll do everything I can for you.” She shook her head. “I definitely don’t want to go to my apartment. We need to go where Jon can’t find us. He knows about you and that you’re after him. He came to my house last night after you went to his office. He threatened me. He said he could send the cops evidence I killed Martie and unless I kept working with him he would do it. I’m scared of him, Mr. Scott. I’ve never been so scared of anything in my life.” I thought for a minute. “Let’s drive, Judy. If we’re on the move and don’t go anyplace he knows, we can spend as much time as we need to sort out your story.” She nodded, stood up, and grabbed her backpack. When we got to the parking lot, I