Adieu l'Ami by Sébastien Japrisot

By Sébastien Japrisot

«Je ne suis pas seul. Il est avec moi. Lui est américain, moi français. Nous parlons l. a. même langue : celle des rats.Nous sommes enfermés dans un labyrinthe. Sans eau, sans montre, sans lumière, sans rien d'autre que notre volonté de forcer un coffre-fort avec nos mains nues.Pas pour y prendre de l'argent : pour en mettre.De toute manière, si le coffre s'ouvre, nous nous entre-tuerons...»

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No, dammit, he didn’t have the stake, and he needed it. So, for now, he needed her. Later, when he was several thousand miles from New York, they could negotiate terms. ” “Hundred? ” He kept his speed to a steady fifty-five now. He couldn’t afford to get pulled over. ” “Terrific. ” “Two hundred, plus the five thousand you owe me. And—” She reached into her purse. ” Grinning, she held up a gold American Express card. ” Doug stared at it, then threw back his head and laughed. Maybe she was more trouble than she was worth, but he was beginning to doubt it.

She threw the car into first and zipped across the intersection. The Lincoln immediately picked up the pace. ” “Of course they’re following,” Doug spat out. ” Mostly out of curiosity, Whitney punched the gas and turned down Fifty-seventh. The Lincoln stayed with her. “They’re really following,” she said again, but with a grin of excitement. ” She turned the grin on him. ” Before he could respond, she gunned the engine and was off like a shot. This was definitely the most interesting way to spend the evening she could imagine.

Doug glanced around the high-priced room that was hardly bigger than a broom closet. She’d charge him for the room, too, he realized, narrowing his eyes at the connecting door. Whitney MacAllister had a mind like a CPA. And a face like… With a half grin he shook his head and lay back. He’d better keep his mind off her face, and her other attributes. It was her money he needed. Women had to wait. Once he had what he was going for, he could swim neck-deep in them if he wanted. The image was pleasant enough to keep him smiling for another minute.

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