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Everglades by Randy Wayne White

By Randy Wayne White

Document Ford returns to his stilt apartment on Dinkin's Bay to discover an previous good friend and one-time lover watching for him. Her actual property developer husband has disappeared and been mentioned useless. She's yes there is worse to follow--and she's correct. Ford follows the path deep into the Everglades, the place a shady personality and his get-rich-quick scheme are approximately to place either one of their lives at the endangered checklist.

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I hammered my head backward. Felt it glance off his nose; heard a woof of pain. It loosened his grip enough for me to drive my elbow into his stomach, but he managed to keep his forearm locked on my throat. That was the end. All I could do. All I could stand without replenishing the oxygen supply, and I knew it. The world was getting fuzzy, and not just because my glasses were now hanging uselessly, tied around my neck with fishing line. My head was tilted skyward and I watched the April sunset clouds turn gray, then rainbow-streaked as I began to slip into unconsciousness.

From old habit, I made careful visual notes, then turned away from the window as Sally said, “Geez, Doc, it’s been such a long time since I’ve been inside this place. ” I stood and watched her move around the single open room that is my living quarters. She wore sand-colored pleated shorts, a crisp cinnamon blouse and tan sandals. An expensive yacht-club effect. The colors looked good on her; made hers eyes bluer, her hair more golden than I remembered. I watched the lady turn dancerlike, in slow, nostalgic review.

Nothing personal. ” His inflection told me more than his words. I said, “You’re following her because of her husband. ” He shrugged, maybe in affirmation. I said, “Okay, so I’m guessing it’s his life insurance company you’re working for. They hired you because they don’t believe he’s dead. ” The man looked up at me briefly. “Just because we both spent time on the mat doesn’t mean we’re pals. I wouldn’t tell you if I could. So stop askin’. Your lady friend isn’t in any danger from me, Mac. ” I told him my name was Ford, not “Mac,” before adding, “Then there’s something you need to know.

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