Silent Dreams

Published by: World Castle Publishing
ISBN: 1629896098/9781629896090
Genre: Thriller/Crime
Formats: Ebook and Paperback
Release Date: 1/23/2017

Blaine Kirsten unwittingly gets pulled into a prostitution ring when her best friend, Kami Matthews, introduces her to Josh Barnes. When Blaine refuses to become a part of his operation, she faces brutal consequences.

Detectives Jane Adams and Casey Jorgan are assigned to the case. Almost immediately, Casey finds herself unable to separate her personal emotions from this case, which jeopardizes her career.

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Kami Matthews gazed out of the grimy window watching the day slowly fade into dusk. She turned her blonde head and glanced at the clock on the stained wall. "Wow!" she exclaimed. "I didn't realize it was so late! I've got to get out of here." She gave her friend a quick hug. "Don't worry," she said brightly. "Everything will work out. You'll see. Be thankful that nothing worse happened."

"I guess so," Blaine Kirsten mumbled, staring down at her faded jeans. "I wish you could stay a little longer, though." She raised her eyes to Kami's "Please?" she pleaded. "I ... I don't want to be alone. I'm scared, Kami. Please stay for just another hour." She twisted her hands together.

Kami's eyes clouded. "I'm sorry, Blaine, but I really do have to go. I'll see you tomorrow, I promise," she said, moving to the door. She laid her hand on the doorknob, and then turned to Blaine. "It'll be all right. You worry too much." She patted Blaine's shoulder. "Try to get some rest now and I'll bet that things won't look so bad tomorrow."

"I hope so, but I doubt it," Blaine slowly answered as Kami opened the door then slipped into the darkened hallway. "I'm scared," she repeated.

"You need some sleep. Lock up behind me." She looked into her friend's frightened eyes, guilt washing over her. "I'll give you a call later. I promise."

Blaine nodded then silently closed the door.

Kami leaned against the closed door for a few seconds debating whether she should go back inside to comfort Blaine. She hated leaving her in the emotional state she was in, but she had to get home as soon as possible. She'd already been gone longer than she should have. "Damn you, Josh," she mumbled under her breath.

She carefully made her way down the litter strewn stench-filled hallway and hurried outside, anxious to get some fresh air into her burning nostrils. She jumped into her yellow sports car grateful that it was still in one piece and hadn't been stripped, then sped through the run-down neighborhood of southwest Philadelphia, a neighborhood that she'd once called home, passing street after street of run-down row houses, eager to reach her own safe and familiar surroundings in Society Hill in Center City.

She parked her car and quickly walked to her building grateful to be out of Blaine's neighborhood. Being back there brought back many bittersweet memories. Some she cherished, but most she'd just as soon forget.

"Good evening, Miss Matthews," the elderly doorman warmly greeted her as he held the door. "It's a beautiful evening."

"Yes it is. Are there any messages for me, John?" She fumbled in her purse for her apartment key. "Has anyone stopped by?"

"Yes." His thin lips turned into a frown. "Mr. Barnes stopped over and then rang me several times when you didn't answer your cell phone. He insists that you return his call upon your arrival." He peered at her through thick glasses. "He is in a nasty mood," he gently warned. "I convinced him that it wasn't necessary to come over again, but you need to get in touch with him immediately."

Kami sighed tiredly as he held the elevator door for her. John most likely received the brunt of Josh's foul mood when he came over and found that Kami still hadn't returned. As he'd done many times in the past, John stalled Josh with a believable excuse for Kami's tardiness. She liked John, but she'd never understand how Josh's money could warrant him taking this type of position. After the thought crossed her mind, she realized the irony of it. She was doing the same thing as John.

John wasn't just a doorman, but a spy for Josh, as was everyone employed by him. Those who weren't his spies used his perverted services and in return provided him with wealth and power, which he happily lauded over those he controlled. Kami knew that her every move was reported to Josh. As she became acquainted with John, though, she'd gained his trust and respect, even some of her freedom. Many times the elderly man had looked the other way and Josh had never been the wiser for it.

Josh had bought the building several years ago and had converted it into several large luxury apartments, renting them to his own exclusive clientele. If anyone questioned his motives, as several of the local politicians had, his generous contributions soon silenced them. All work was provided by local carpenters and designed by local architects. It became one of the most beautiful buildings in Center City keeping with the architectural style of the older buildings. The landscaping was breathtaking with fountains and tress adorning the spacious sweeping gated lawns.

The building's neighbors were lavish town houses and high-rise apartment buildings filled with only the wealthy or those with occupations affording such luxury. Tourists visiting the city to see Independence National Park, which contained Independence Hall, and The Liberty Bell, also made a visit to The Barnes Towers, which Josh had named after himself.

Many times, as she entered or exited the property, Kami saw the tourists oohing and aahing over the beauty and serene atmosphere of the grounds and expressing the desire to someday be rich enough to live there. A sickening lurch in her stomach reminded her of the price she had paid for that honor.

If only people knew what really goes on inside of this building, she thought as she turned her attention back to the doorman who stood slightly stooped holding the elevator for her.