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Yeah, right.“It’s strictly business,” I stated.

Slipping it into her apron pocket she said, “If I see her, I’ll pass it along. Now, what can I get you to eat?”

I wasn’t actually hungry, but since I’d be in Bermoose at least overnight, I might as well eat. “Mushroom cheeseburger and fries. And how about putting on a fresh pot of coffee?”

“Nothing wrong with the one we got,” she said, as she headed off to the kitchen.

I wasn’t about to argue with her. She would, after all, be handling my food. I pulled out my cell phone to dial the number to the only motel there was.

“Bed and Rest. How can I help you?”

“Hello. Do you have a vacant room?” I asked.

“Sure do. When do you need it for?” she asked.

“Tonight. Put it under Heart.”

“Oh, is this Andrew Heart?” she asked.

I guess my name was getting around. That might make my conversation with Trixi go a bit easier. She’ll know I’m fair yet firm. “It is. I’ll be there in an hour.”

“Okay. I’ll have the room tidied up for ya,” she said before hanging up.

With any luck, tonight would be my only night at that motel. Hell, my only night in Bermoose. Once I got Trixi to agree to sell, the rest could be handled by my team and I could move onto the next big deal.