Holly Jacobs edited the memorable quotes of Steamed (A Maid in LA Mystery) Sunday, July 28, 2013.
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thenHe walked up to me. He was tall, lean and oh-so-yummy. Dark hair with just a touch of grey at the temples. Not one of LA’s boy-toys who are a dime a dozen. No, this was a real man walking toward me like some hero out of a movie. Maybe he was here to take me away from all this. Maybe he’d seen me from across the street looking fragile, yet still beautiful. Okay, so beautiful was a bit unattainable. I’d settle for fragile and cute. Yeah, I could pull off cute on a good day and I felt very, very fragile at the moment. Ah, my hero. I sucked in my baby-pooch, pulled out my old acting class skills and concentrated on looking even more fragile and cute. It worked. He walked right up to me, shot me a concerned look, then...he flashed a badge. I realized that his concerned look was more of an assessing look. My hero was a cop. Okay, so maybe He was a cop who was concerned because I looked so fragile? “Ma’am? You’re,” he flipped open his little notepad in a very Adam-12 sort of way, and that particular mental-analogy really dated me I realized morosely as he finished, “Quincy Mac?” “Yes.” I thought about fluttering my eyelashes but decided to give up before I embarrassed myself. “You’re the one who found Mr. Banning and called 911?” “Yes.” I wanted to say more, so much more. But even a gorgeous knock-out cop couldn’t make me forget I’d just found a dead body, at least not for long. And thoughts of Mr. Banning, sitting on his bed, covered in blood with his eyes open, well, that sort of froze the words in my throat. “The officer over there said that the house has been pretty much wiped clean.” I had professional pride in my job well done. “Not pretty much, all the way. Other than the bedroom, which I didn’t clean for obvious reasons.” The cop quirked his eyebrow. “He said the bedroom was wiped clean as well.” I think the hunky cop just called me a liar. Actually, I didn’t just think it, I could see it in his eyes. The man actually thought I’d gone into a room with a dead body in it and cleaned it up? My attraction to him slipped more than just a notch. It evaporated.”