Craving Redemption(152)

By: Nicole Jacquelyn

He bent down and closed his hand around a small bag of peanuts.

His throat closed up.

This kid, this little fucking kid who didn’t know him at all, had just given him his first gift with nothing expected in return, no favors, no stipulations, no nothing. He’d been wrong. There was something sweeter than seeing fear in his old man’s eyes. Eva was far sweeter. If he ever had a kid, he wanted a kid like this one.

“Thanks, darlin’,” he said hoarsely.

“Will I ever see you again?” She cocked her head to the side, wide-eyed, waiting for his response.

He stared into her eyes, her phenomenal eyes that were too big for her face. Big and smoky gray like a thunderstorm. Fucking beautiful.

He smiled. “Hope so, sweetheart.”

She gave him a killer cute grin and bounced back to her old man and uncle—who were staring daggers at him—shaking those pigtails.

After shoving the peanuts in his pocket, he left. First street pay phone he saw, he posted the hit. It took all of an hour, and he had a buyer. Three days later, his old man bled out in the showers.