It's another #writerwednesday and today I'm sharing an excerpt from Book 4 in The House of BeJeweled, BeJeweled: Standing Strong. Yes, readers, Angel, Black and Kianna return with more drama than ever before. Book four is going out with a bang!
“Three men were found dead in what appears to be a drug related shooting on Whitehall Street in Southwest Atlanta. APD homicide detectives say shots fired in the neighborhood are a common occurrence; however, when residents awoke to a dead man in the middle of the street this morning and two more on the front lawn of a house, calls begin pouring in to nine-one-one. The victims have not been identified yet, until family can be notified. However, neighbors say one of the victims was a long-time resident in the neighborhood, and the other two men were frequent visitors. The house has been identified as a drug house by some residents who refused to comment on camera. An investigation into the murders is ongoing at this time; however, police say the attackers and victims are one and the same. This is Chanel Maldonado with WCAT channel three news.”
Flicking off the TV, Black looked at his cellphone sitting on the little glass coffee table in front of him. He thought about calling Sweets, but decided to hold off for a while. He was thankful Sweets had been mindful enough to pass his phone to Angel. She had been the one to pick him up from the hospital and take him to his apartment. Still angry and not willing to discuss Kianna’s visit, she had stayed with him long enough to make sure he was settled at home. Just before she left she had remembered to give him his cell phone back.
He had a lot to be thankful for. He recalled how Angel had worked with Sweets to make sure the rent and utilities remained on at his little apartment. It had been a temporary place to lay his head after his break up with Kianna. But as he looked around and thought about the changes he wanted to take place in his life, he realized he needed to find a place he could consider home.
His cellphone buzzed pulling him from his thoughts. Glancing at the caller ID a number flashed across the screen. He struggled to recall the number. That was a major problem for him these days. He didn’t save phone numbers in his phone for security reasons, with the exception of his mom, his brother and sister, and Angel. He always remembered numbers by heart, because he was good with numbers. But now he was at a loss.
He punched the green phone icon just before the call went to voicemail. “Hullo?” he hesitantly greeted.
“Thirty-six.” Sweets no-nonsense tone greeted him from the other end of the phone. That was a number Black did recall. Thirty-six was their code word for the job was done.
“Status?” Black asked.
“Clean. No strings, move forward,” Sweets replied.
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