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Welcome back for the sixth installment of the Jill Hunter Short Story Series.

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The Neighbors: A Jill Hunter Short #6

Jill Hunter is happy for the first time in years. So happy she has put down roots, including a brand new office in town.

When her first client walks in off the streets, Jill takes an instant dislike to her, but when she learns that the case involves potential child abuse, she knows she can’t ignore it.

Jill takes the case and finds the accused to be law abiding citizens with a happy child. She takes pity on the client, an old woman who she believes to be afraid. She agrees to do some further digging, but what she digs up is far from what she was expecting.

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The Neighbors is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

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I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE it, Jan said after we clinked glasses and drank our cocktails. You’re really staying put. She laughed. And you’re even drinking pink drinks.

I laughed too and studied my glass for a second. I was indeed drinking a pink drink. Bright pink. When Jan had suggested meeting for cocktails I was thinking martinis, maybe a whiskey sour or two. Jan had other ideas. The first one had been a nasty shade of neon green, and now this one was flamingo pink. I had no idea what they were, but I was willing to admit they tasted pretty good.

I’ll try anything once, I said. But this isn’t so bad. I might even try it twice.

Seriously though, I’m glad you’re sticking around for a while. How did Rory talk you into that one?

It was a joint decision, I answered honestly. We talked about traveling. And we will one day. Maybe we’ll even travel the world. But we’ve done so much moving around lately that we decided to stay in the house for another year.

Since leaving the force and going freelance, I rarely stayed in one place longer than a month or two. My home had often been hotel or motel rooms, even a trailer at one point. I had taken a short lease on my current home, expecting to leave when it was up.

And then Rory had come back. I hate to use the cliché, but I suppose you could say Rory was my childhood sweetheart. It’s not strictly true, we weren’t children, but we were madly in love and threw it all away over stupid ideals. When he had come back into my life, I had known then I wasn’t letting him go again, and it seemed he had felt the same.

He had come back to help me with a case. When the case was over, he never left. And now, two months later, here we were signing a year’s lease on a property like grownups.

People often asked me why I moved around so much. What was I running away from? I would tell them I liked to be on the move; I got bored too easily if I stayed in one place. Now, I wondered if there was some truth to their words. Maybe I had been running away from the loneliness, the empty place inside me that Rory had filled.

I shook myself from my thoughts. I wasn’t going down that road. I was