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Manhattan, New York
Friday, August 11, 2006
“Are you nuts!?!” Cassi was skeptical of Eric’s plan. “You can’t be serious, suggesting Bette put herself in danger like that.” She was flustered as she had to negotiate her Mercedes C320 to the correct lane of the Van Wyck Expressway to get to the JFK airport terminal arrivals area.
“I’m telling you, Cassi,” Eric started to defend his plan. “This is the only way we’re going to get a confession. I already have Sterling on board with this.”
“Of course he is because you’re doing all the legwork for him.”
Eric was getting agitated and fired back. “He’s going out on a limb for us, Cassi. He’s going to catch a lot of heat for helping us.”
Cassi was still unconvinced. “I still don’t trust him.”
“I’ve been in his shoes before. Every city has powerful people who think they can snap their fingers and get what they want through the justice system. He’s walking a tightrope, trying to do the right thing and not get fired in the process. If it makes you more comfortable, I’ll be with him when this goes down.”
“You mean we’ll be with him when this goes down. Bette’s my client, I have a responsibility to her.”
Eric let out an exasperated breath, then finally relented, “Fine. We’ll hit Bette up when we get to the beach house.”
Cassi approached arrivals area of the terminal at an extremely slow pace so Eric could spot his waiting daughters. About halfway down he spotted them. “There, the blonde and the redhead. Brace yourself, to only understand half of what they say. I swear they talk in slang just to knock me off my game.” he said with a straight face.
Cassi grinned and replied, “Don’t worry about me, I got game.”
Eric shrugged, then hopped out to greet his daughters. After he coaxed a hug out of both of them, he put their suitcases in the trunk. The girls jumped into the backseat, while Eric retook his position as the front passenger.
“Hey girls, this is Cassi. We’re working on Bette’s case together,” Eric made the introductions. “Cassi, the one behind you is Bree and the one behind me is Lexi.”
“Nice to meet you girls. You’re dad sure missed you two,” Cassi replied as she pulled back into traffic.