Deceit 12

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Jared turned around slowly and met his wife’s eyes. “Jordan…you can’t be serious.” He gaped at her and she chuckled bitterly. “Oh but I am. I’m going to lay you to rest right here with your all of your past secretaries. That includes your most recent conquest, Patricia.” He gulped when Jordan said the name of his mistress. “You were behind her disappearance? Dianna and Helen, too?” He whispered and shook his head in disbelief. “But why?”

“Did you think I wouldn’t find out about your vasectomy, Jared? Alicia told me! Then earlier today she stupidly revealed your other secret. You had an affair with my best friend last year!” She spat at him. “I had to put her down.” Jordan admitted sadly. “You knew I wanted a family but you were never ready to settle. Instead you hurt me…again and again. Now it’s my turn.” She pointed the gun to his head but in one swift movement he knocked it from her hand and gripped her by the throat. “I don’t think so, dear.” He growled as his fingers dug in deeply.

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She struggled to get away from him and they landed in a heap next to Michael. As her husband straddled her and raised his fist to hit her, she noticed Michael was beginning to stir. “Help me! He’s trying to kill me!” She screamed as loud as she could. Michael lifted his head and quickly assessed the scene before jumping up to tackle Jared. “Wait!” Jared cried. “It was her! She’s a mur-” There was a loud thunk then Jared fell to the ground. Jordan dropped the shovel she was holding and collapsed to her knees. “Please tell me he’s dead.”

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Michael bent over Jared’s body and checked for a pulse. There wasn’t one. “He’s gone, Jordan. I’m sorry.” He murmured. “Don’t you dare apologize. It was either you or him and he was a bad man.” She shivered for effect. “While you were unconscious he admitted to killing those girls. They’re buried right here…under this tree.” She wiped a nonexistent tear from her cheek. “I knew it! I’ve got to call this in, I’ll be right back.” Before he made his call, he cupped her face and smiled at her. “Don’t worry, babe. You’re safe now.”

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