He paid her $879 in cash. On time.
But he was getting weird.
He wanted her truck.
He went into Yreka for coffee every morning. Forty minutes away on the winding road. He was a creature of habit, even when all cranked up.
He chopped up a couple of Oxycontin pills on the kitchen counter before leaving. He dropped the keys to her truck. She slid them into her bra, a quick flick as if adjusting a strap, and she held them safe next to her heart.
If he backed up his car, she was free.
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