Death in Diamonds Chapter 12 cont’d.

“I’ve heard that before.”
“Terry Perez said she gave the necklace to you. She confessed to stealing it and giving it to you. We want it back and we want it back now.”
“Man, I toll ju, she didin’ give me no necklace.”
Solana made a lunge for me. Her fingernails, extended like cat’s claws defending her cubs were aimed for my eyes. Lyons grabbed her by the hair and flung her back across the kitchen. She crashed into a corner and landed in a heap with the hem of her sleep tee around her waist. Solana was naked under the tee. She started to cry. Her crying didn’t faze me.
“Once more Ramon, we want the necklace.”
“Man, I toll ju…” I didn’t wait for him to finish his lie. I hit him again. His right eye was beginning to close. His nose bled down the front of his white tee shirt.
“Aw you promised,” Lyons said.
“Sorry. Hey Ramon, lie to me again so the my friend can hit you, ok?”
“Thanks,” Lyons said.
“One last time Ramon, where is the necklace?” I asked.
“Hey Ramon, lie to him so I can hit you,” Lyons said. “I haven’t hit anyone all morning.”
“It got stole.”
“Stole. What so you mean stole?” I asked.
“Aw, damn,” Lyons said.
“Who stole the necklace from big bad you?” I asked.
“El hombre.” The man.
“Ramon, we’re going to need more than just ‘El hombre’ here. Who stole it?”
“A man I know.”
I stepped aside and waved Lyons towards Ramon and said, “Your turn.” Lyons walked up to Ramon and without saying a word hit him with a right uppercut to the solar plexus knocking Ramon and the chair over and causing Ramon to gasp for each breath. Solana screamed once, got up from the floor and tried to comfort Ramon. Lyons pushed Solana back into the corner. While Ramon struggled to regain his breath. Lyons and I got Ramon back on the chair.
“Next time, maybe we should bring some rope and duct tape,” Lyons said.
“Remind me next time.”

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