Loan Some: Legally Bound by Olivia Batker Pritzker

Loan Some: Legally Bound by Olivia Batker Pritzker

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Previously… Jade visits Sebastian Downing in prison. Readers voted that next, William asks to meet with Jade in private.

Episode 7

 Jade sipped her tea while the neon diner lights flickered outside. William had just left, and although the tea was cold and the lights were too bright, she waited until he had driven away before heading out to her car. She thought about what she had just agreed to do on the dark, winding ride home.

“As you know Jade,” William had said, leaning forward in that serious way of his, “the trial begins the day after tomorrow. I don’t need to tell you how difficult this case has become, even for me. And I’ve just learned something that could be devastating for us.”

He paused.

“Sebastian’s sister is testifying for the prosecution. There’s somewhat of a rift between the two of them, it’s a long story that I won’t bore you with but she’s always been jealous of his inheritance and the way he’s put the family money into his science experiments. I don’t know what she’s going to say, only that she’s on their witness list.”

Why had he even told her all this? How had she become so involved, when her job wasn’t even supposed to exist outside the courtroom? As far as Cole and Celine were concerned, the job didn’t start until they sat down in court. And here she was, making trips to the prison and secret meetings in diners and now this.

“I hate to ask you this,” William had continued, “but obviously I can’t talk to her and Sebastian refuses to try. No one else in the family will get involved. If you could speak with her – as Sebastian’s fiancée, with your work name of course, and just try to get her to reconsider what she’s doing. Appeal to her sense of compassion for her family. I know it sounds crazy but there’s nothing illegal about it. I just want to talk some sense into the woman before she does something she’ll regret for the rest of her life.”

Had she been wrong to agree to it? Probably. Just like it had probably been a mistake to visit Sebastian in prison and meet William earlier that night. But Jade never could convince herself not to do something when it piqued her curiosity so much. What would Sebastian’s sister be like?! Besides, William had assured her it was completely legal and she’d just be talking to the woman, after all. William’s chiseled, handsome face swam before her eyes, looking at her earnestly and a bit desperately. She had to help him.

The next day, Jade guided her car carefully into the packed-dirt parking lot of the riding club. William had told her that Sebastian’s sister went riding every Sunday afternoon, and that it would be an ideal place to speak with her – in a semi-public place yet away from prying eyes. The place looked practically deserted. She got out of the car and sure enough, a fit, attractive, fortyish woman in riding boots was leading a horse out of the stable. Jade walked quickly over to her.

“Excuse me,” she said, her heart beating fast in her chest. “Ms. Downing?” Vote below on what will happen next or if reading by email click view poll.

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