Forty-Three

Mercedes screamed and pressed her body firmly to her husband, closing her eyes. Silently, she prayed his life would be spared.

Off in the distance, a man’s shout rent the air, and seconds later, another pistol fired. And then something thumped heavily on the ground.

Mercedes snapped her head up. No longer was Kat standing over them holding a pistol. Instead, she lay on the ground as blood covered her chest.

William’s gasp alerted Mercedes to someone walking their way

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