My snippet this week is from Whiskey and Moonshine!
“It took us weeks to arrange all this,” the unnamed man sputtered. He got up and began pacing around the room. “Do you realize what you’ve done?”
“Yeah, I do. I saved you from mucking your plan up,” Colt said. Holding up the papers, he put on his most pleading expression and continued, “Five minutes. That’s all I’m asking you to give me. Five minutes, and I’ll show you a much better plan. If you don’t like what I have to say, then I’ll personally go round up all those other guys and bring them back.” He paused and gave the group a visual once-over. “But I won’t have to.”
“I should have you arrested!” the pacing man sputtered.
“Jeffery, sit down,” Bodyguard said. His voice, like his stance, was stern.
“But—” Jeffery started.
Bodyguard walked to the middle of the room. “I want to hear what he has to say.”
“So do I,” Audrey chimed in, and Mr. Krems nodded his agreement.
Hurrying to the table, Colt motioned to it with the papers he held. He licked his lips. Couldn’t get cold feet now. “May I?” He was greeted with a collective nod. Spreading the papers out like giant playing cards, he talked as he worked. “I worked in Kensington’s Place Saturday night and had the chance to talk with a number of customers who were in town for an interview here. Except these guys usually go to auditions.” Colt stopped and looked around at their stunned faces. “You invited a bunch of guys in their twenties who live off their looks to a distillery. And gave them free drinks. They drink, they talk. What did you expect would happen?”
“He’s got a point,” Mr. Krems said. “Why didn’t we think of that?”
“Because you’re honest people,” Colt said softly.
“And you’re not?” Jeffery snapped.
“No, sir, I’m honest. But as Miss Hollan already knows, I’ve lived on the streets since I was fifteen. You learn a thing or two and have a different perspective on some things.”
“Go on,” Bodyguard said. He was standing very close to Colt, and the heat he gave off was distracting.
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