Deliverance (Slick Rock #17)

By: Becca Van

“Are you serious?” Lilac asked Delta before looking at the contract in her hand. She glanced over at Enya to see the other woman was just as surprised as she was. Enya was also holding a sheaf of papers.

“Deadly serious,” Delta signed and Major, one of her fiancés, spoke on her behalf.

“You want Enya and I to buy into the diner and become equal partners?” Lilac asked a little hoarsely. She couldn’t believe her boss’s generosity. She, Enya, and the other women had only been working for Delta for a few short weeks.

Delta smiled and nodded. “Yes.”

“Why?” Lilac swallowed around the emotional constriction in her throat. “Why would you do this?”

“Because after what happened, I’ve realized that there are more important things in life than just work. I love cooking for the people who come into the diner, but I also want to spend more time with my guys.”

When Delta finished signing and Major stopped talking, the big handsome man had a wide grin on his face. Major shifted his gaze from Lilac and Enya, and when he looked at Delta, his eyes were so full of love, Lilac felt as if she was being voyeuristic on a private moment.

Lilac glanced at Enya and the other woman gave her a slight nod as if encouraging her to say yes.

“Are you sure?” Lilac asked, worried that this wasn’t real.

She’d dreamed of owning her own place from a young age, and while she’d worked hard toward that goal after she’d managed to escape those crazy people’s clutches, she’d never expected it to happen. Delta was offering her a chance of realizing that dream even if it was as a part owner. She’d be stupid to pass up such a wonderful opportunity.

“Thank you, Delta. I accept.” Lilac blinked back tears of gratitude. Her heart was so full of emotion it was painful.

“I accept, too,” Enya said and rushed over to give Delta a hug. When she drew back, Lilac saw tears coursing down the other woman’s face. She knew exactly how she felt because she was still struggling to keep the tears stinging her eyes at bay, too. “Thank you.”

“You’re both very welcome,” Delta replied.

“This is the reason you’ve scheduled us all to work alternate hours, isn’t it?” Lilac asked.

“Yes.” Delta nodded and smiled.

“When do you need the money by?” Enya asked.

“There’s no hurry. You can pay me a little each week or whenever you can afford to.”

Lilac was still having trouble accepting Delta’s generosity, and while she knew there was nothing nefarious about the offer, she’d learned to be very wary. However, there was nothing sinister with the proposal or the contract. She’d read it over before entering the kitchen. Delta had left the papers stuck to the outside of the cupboard she and Enya used to hide their purses in while they were working.

“I have the money,” Lilac said. “I’d like to give it to you as soon as possible. Is a bank check all right with you? Or do you prefer cash?”

“Whatever you want is fine, Lilac. I’m so glad to have you and Enya as partners. I know we’re going to make this place the best diner in Colorado.”

Lilac was of the same opinion, and by the excited look on Enya’s face, she agreed, too.

The smile slid from Enya’s lips. “I only have half the money in savings.”

Delta waved her hand in the air. “I don’t care how long it takes for you to pay for your share in the business. That’s not important. I’m just happy to have you both as partners and friends.”

Lilac’s cheeks began to hurt from smiling so much. All the hard work she’d put into her education and then doing her best while cooking as head chef in New York City was finally paying off.

She’d spent ten years of her childhood in absolute hell and wondered if the penance she’d already paid had led her to this once-in-a-lifetime chance.

She just hoped that nothing and no one tried to take it away from her.

She’d spent the last ten years of her life looking over her shoulder, hoping that she never had to face any of those monsters again.

A shiver of apprehension ran up her spine, but she pushed it aside. Nothing was going to stand in the way of her career. Cooking was the only thing that had kept her sane, and if that was taken away from her, she wasn’t sure she’d survive.

Chapter One

“Fucking cunt.” Virgil couldn’t believe that bitch had slipped away from him again.

He forced a smile to his face as he entered the motel.

“Welcome to the Slick Rock Motel, how can I help you?”

Virgil eyed the smiling young woman over and licked his lips. When the welcoming smile left her mouth and she took a step back, he hid the smirk wanting to form and met her gaze.

“I’d like to book a room please?”

“How long will you be staying?”

“I’m not sure yet. I’m on vacation and want to do as many touristy things as I can.” The woman handed over some paperwork and after reading through it and filling in the necessities, she asked, “Will you be paying with cash or credit card?”

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