Fat Louise by Jamie Begley

Description : Fat Louise
Benedict Montgomery stepped inside the dirty bar, trying not to show his fear as the few people inside all turned to look at him in the doorway.

The Corpus Christi heat outside was stifling, and it wasn’t much cooler inside the dim bar.

Tugging at his shirt collar, he walked past the tables to the bar as the Mexican bartender raised the bar’s divider,ing to stand in front of him.

“I’m looking for Cade Reed.”

“What do you want to drink?” the bartender asked, moving back behind the bar, making it obvious he wasn’t there to give out information for free.

“A beer will be fine.”

Once a beer was set down in front of him, Benedict laid some money down on the counter. When the bartender remained silent, he added several more bills to the pile.

“He’s out back. It won’t take long. Have a seat.” He moved away to wait on someone at the end of the bar.

Benedict took a table at the side of the bar where he self-consciously sipped on his beer while he waited.

Moments later, a door on the other side of the bar opened, and a tall man appeared with his arm around a pretty Mexican woman. They took a seat at one of the tables against the wall, obscuring them in shadows.

The bartender nodded his head in their direction, letting Benedict know that was the man he was looking for.

Benedict rose from his table, trying to talk himself out of leaving. Only the desperation he felt made him cross the bar to face the man sitting in the shadows.

He had to clear his throat before he could get the name out. “Cade Reed?”

Dark eyes studied him impassively. “Who’s asking?”

“I’m Benedict Montgomery. I’d like to talk to you privately, if I may?”...
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