Promise You Won't Tell? (A Dani Ripper Novel Book 2)

By John Locke

“I imagine anything may have occurred to me Saturday evening. whatever bad.”

Private Investigator Dani Ripper’s customer checklist is nuttier than the Looney Tunes conga line, yet she diligently solves one loopy case after one other, expecting a game-changer.

Enter Riley Freeman, 17-year-old honor student.

Saturday afternoon Riley quietly put a bit strawberry sticky label on her inner most zone and pretended it used to be a tattoo. She didn’t inform somebody approximately it. That evening she went to a shut eye celebration that featured ingesting and boys. Riley fell asleep, awakened day after today with out cause to imagine whatever happened…

…Until Monday, in class, whilst a classmate known as her Strawberry.

Coincidence or crime? Dani consents to enquire. And the curler coaster journey starts.

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Panties. No bra. ” “Did the pajama most sensible have buttons? Or was once it a pull-over? ” “Pull-over. ” She seems on the thermometer a few extra. I say, “What do you're thinking that occurred to you that evening? ” “I imagine i used to be molested. ” “By whom? ” Riley’s eyes are all at once jam-packed with tears. a pair spill down her cheeks. She dabs at them together with her hand. “I’m now not confident something happened,” she says. “Or who may have performed it. it may possibly were one individual, or…” Her voice trails off. “Or what? ” “Everyone. ” “The boys and girls? you're thinking that it’s attainable your girlfriends could enable that occur to you? ” “No. It’s simply that…I do not know who will be concerned. I’m simply announcing I can’t rule an individual out. If anything occurred, it used to be most likely one boy. or perhaps . as the women wouldn’t have permit all these boys roam round the residence through themselves. ” “But one or boys may have snuck up the again steps? ” She nods. “Tell me what you suggest via ‘molested. ’” “They may perhaps have…you understand, touched me. Inappropriately. ” She begins shaking, and her tears commence flowing, as though announcing the phrases was once all it took to open the floodgates. I succeed in around the table and placed my hand on hers. whilst she appears up at me I say, “Do you could have any cause to suspect you have been sexually assaulted? ” “You mean…” “Any proof you have been penetrated? ” Her eyes cross large. “No, ma’am! ” “But you're thinking that you have been touched? Groped? ” She pauses. Then says, “Not simply that. ” i glance at her. “What else? ” “I’m beautiful definite somebody undressed me, too. ” I hand her a tissue and wait until she stops crying. After she composes herself I say, “When you awakened, have been your outfits on? ” She nods. “Then why do you're thinking that somebody undressed you? ” “At university this day, Rick Hooper stated whatever. correct out-of-the-blue. ” “Was Rick on the apartment that evening? ” “No, ma’am. He’s a nerd. ” I frown. “Why could you are saying that? ” “I simply intended that Rick wouldn’t were invited to experience round city with the cool men. ” “What did Rick say to you in class this present day, out-of-the-blue? ” “He gave me this sly kind of grin and acknowledged, ‘I heard you handed out on the sleepover, Strawberry. ’” “Is that your nickname? ” “No. ” “I don’t comprehend. ” “You know the way a few humans have tattoos on their returned, like a type of fancy script issues, with might be a middle within the center? ” I nod, brooding about the place she’s taking me with this dialog. She says, “I consistently puzzled what it should seem like to have one. after all, my mother may by no means opt for that! So besides, whilst i used to be in my closet getting dressed to visit the sleepover i realized an outdated sticky label booklet from while i used to be a child. I peeled off a bit decal of a strawberry, and positioned it…you recognize, down there. ” “Under your panties? ” She seems down at her palms, and that i discover her ears and neck turning pink. And her cheeks. “Yes, ma’am. i used to be hoping to discover whatever higher i may stick on my returned, simply to—you comprehend, examine it? only for enjoyable? I’d examine it within the replicate, then throw it away. yet all I had within the decal booklet used to be the little strawberry, so I positioned it in a personal position within the entrance.

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