The series follows Jade, a former waitress and seasoned Loan Some employee who thinks she’s done it all – until the lawyer of a wealthy recluse charged with murder hires her to act as the man’s sympathetic fiancée throughout the trial. As Jade gets into the role, she becomes more and more wrapped up in the case and with the eccentric defendant, whom she’s not at all sure is innocent. Previously… Jade notices something in Sibyl’s testimony that implicates William. Readers voted that William is involved in the murder, and plans to double-cross both Sebastian and Sibyl.
“Jade, it’s William. What did you want to ask me?”
William sounded brusque, and Jade tried to keep her voice nonchalant. Maybe the diner was just a meaningless coincidence.
“I just wanted to check in about the case,” she said quickly. “I mean, everything that’s happened in court – Do you still think Sibyl is behind it all? Framing her brother to get the family money?”
Jade heard an impatient sigh crackle over the line.
“I really can’t discuss the case with you, Jade,” came William’s response. “I thought you knew that.”
“Oh.” There was an awkward pause. “Of course, I should have realized. Well… I guess I’ll see you in court tomorrow.”
She was about to hang up, but a part of her just couldn’t let it go.
“Wait, William –” Her pulse quickened. “One more thing.”
“Listen Jade,” William cut her off in a slightly condescending tone. “You have to trust me, alright? I know what I’m doing. Your job is to show up and sit in court, don’t concern yourself with mine. I’ll see you tomorrow.”
There was a click and William was gone.
Jade put down her phone and stood up. She would do as William advised. Why did she care so much? Her job was to sit there silently, she reminded herself. She was being paid well for it, and it was easy. She clicked off the lights and headed to bed.
An hour later, Jade was nodding off when her phone lit up with an unknown number. She hesitated for a few seconds, then sighed and answered it.
It was a woman’s voice. With a sinking feeling, Jade recognized it from court.
“Who is this?”
“It’s Sibyl Downing. I know you’ve been looking for me, my butler said you came to the house the other day, and my friend –”
“How did you get my phone number?” Jade interrupted, now fully awake.
“Listen, I need to talk to you,” said Sibyl, ignoring Jade’s question. “It’s important. Can you meet me somewhere?”
Jade couldn’t believe it. So much for staying out of things.
“We’re talking now,” she said finally.
“I need to speak to you in person,” Sibyl persisted. “About William White. It’s in both of our interests. After court today, I’m afraid…” she trailed off. “I think I’ve made a huge mistake, and I’m afraid for my life.”
Jade was silent. There was absolutely no reason she should get involved with this. At best it would be a waste of time, and at worst she could end up in serious danger. Hang up, she instructed herself.
“Meet me at the highway diner in half an hour,” she instructed. “I think you know the one I mean.”
Jade climbed into a pair of sweatpants and zipped up her leather jacket, grabbing only her phone and keys and shaking her head as she walked out to her car. She might be crazy, but she was going to get some answers.
Twenty-five minutes later, Jade pulled up outside the diner. The neon lights were flickering and the place looked deserted except for one other car parked several spaces away. Through the dirty diner windows, she could see a waitress drinking coffee in her baby blue uniform, her back to the parking lot. Jade looked at the other car again and noticed that the driver side door was open slightly.
“Sibyl?” Jade said cautiously, walking a few paces toward the car.
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