Terry missed the point. Chuckling, he said, "Yeah, I thought it was pretty funny, myself I mean, here she comes from this tiny town in the middle of nowhere, and it just happens to be the same place where you're hiding out."
"Not hiding. I'm totally visible."
"It was a figure of speech. Are we touchy?"
"No, Terry, we're pressed for time. Tell me why you really want to know about Lily Blake, or hang up the goddamned phone."
"Okay. It's not me. It's my friend. He's the one who wants to date her."
John knew a he when he heard one. He hung up the phone, but his hand didn't leave the receiver. Waiting only long enough to sever the connection with Terry, he snatched it back up and signaled for Poppy.
"Hey, Kip," she said seconds later in her sassy, smiling voice. "That was fast. What can I do for you now?"
"Two things," John said. He was on his feet, one hand holding the phone to his ear, the other cocked on his hip. "First, don't let that man speak to anyone in town. Cut him off, drop the line, do whatever you have to. He's not a good person. Second, tell me about your sister."
"About Lily. What's she been doing with her life?"
Copyright © 1999 by Barbara Delinsky
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
- PW Starred Review
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