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Bad Karma and the Family Plan #42 (8.5) by Julie Lynn Hayes
“I’m so sorry.” Maureen continued to apologize for her ill-mannered child, even though she clearly wasn’t to blame for his bad behavior. And honestly I couldn’t fault the minister either. Face it, Joe Jr. was just a bad egg.
Ethan, Sarah, and Benny were quick to assure her that his words were not his fault, while I maintained a stoic silence. Both because I didn’t feel it was my place to intrude in this family moment and also because I had nothing but expletives to use regarding him and didn’t think that would be appropriate behavior on my part.
The minister retreated to his study, at least
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Loktah dragged of the officers over to the door panel and opened it with their palm. I rushed into the room. “Garjah!”
He rolled on the bed, and I gasped. There wasn’t a mark on him that wasn’t natural, but he looked horrible. I could identify the signs of shock. His skin was pale, his markings standing out in sharp relief. His eyes were dull, and his mouth was parted as he breathed in a short, harsh breaths.
“What did they do to you?” I hesitated to touch him, crouching in front of the metal slab they’d given him to