Tears of the Jaguar

By A.J. Hartley

Six months in the past, museum curator Deborah Miller had by no means heard of Ek Balam, an imprecise Mayan archaeological web site recognized for its carved figures. Now right here she is, having traded Atlanta’s city jungle for a distant village in Mexico’s Yucatan, tasked with overseeing Ek Balam’s excavation. but if a unexpected rainstorm factors a partial cave in on the web site, an unforeseen treasure is unearthed: a set of rough-cut rubies hidden from the area for 1000's of years—and very out-of-place within the Yucatan. it's a locate of immeasurable worth, person who Deborah vows to protect—and but is powerless to avoid from being stolen quickly after its discovery. decided to retrieve the stones, she units out to track their complicated historical past throughout 4 centuries and continents, from Mexico to northern England the place the jewels as soon as performed a harrowing position within the Lancashire witch trials of 1612. yet Deborah isn't the just one looking for the stones; shut on her heels are archaeologists, occultists, and one very made up our minds palms broker, all of whom will cease at not anything, no longer even homicide, to say the prize for themselves.

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It capability he buried the remainder of the stuff in Uxmal. ” “Stuff? ” “Treasure,” she stated. “Gold, jewels, invaluable stones. ” She stated it fast, searching over the sun-bleached website. She had considered the glossy yellow steel and the faded, gleaming purple stone all morning and had determined that she wasn’t easily going at hand them over to Dimitri. “Where in Uxmal? ” he acknowledged. “I don’t recognize. ” He shot her that glance back, this time whipping off his sun shades so she may see the ice in his eyes. “I don’t know,” she stated back. “If James is familiar with, he didn’t inform me, okay? ” “Find out,” he acknowledged, biting off the phrases, his gaze returning to the parchment. “Type up a replica of this,” he acknowledged, thrusting the letter again into her hand. “Properly, so i will learn it. email it to me. ” “It’s English,” she stated, just a little petulant. “A bit outdated and the writing is bizarre ‘cause the fellow was once utilizing his left hand, yet it’s English. you could learn English, correct? ” She had long gone too some distance. She began to say sorry, yet he grabbed her face with one hand, hands and thumb on both sides of her mouth, and squeezed until eventually she felt her cheeks bleed opposed to her enamel. Tears begun in her eyes. “Just get me the copy,” he acknowledged, thrusting her head again as he published her, “and determine i do know the place you're forever. ” “I’m sorry,” she whispered. “I simply meant... ” “You pay attention what I acknowledged? ” “Yes, I’ll inform you the place we're. I’ll get you the reproduction. ” “And don’t inform this James anything,” he acknowledged, status as much as go away. “Tell him, and that i kill you. either one of you. And when you locate the treasure and it’s now not in my palms one hour later, I’ll kill you. you know me? ” She nodded. Had he simply acknowledged the observe “kill”? She attempted to soak up it. She checked out his face back, appalled at how dramatically she had underestimated this guy. How may well she have depended on anyone she knew so little approximately? He stared at her aggressively. “What? I can’t listen you. ” “Yes, I understand,” she acknowledged, pushing her tears away and surroundings her face within the flinty glance she’d realized to put on while the going acquired difficult. “I comprehend. ” “E-mail it to me at that Gmail deal with I gave you. you may have a pc, correct? ” “Yes, I do. i'm going to. ” “Good. ” He reached for her and she or he flinched, yet he simply smiled and traced his finger round the rose tattoo on her shoulder, then up her neck and alongside the road of her cheek. It was once a considerate, even soft gesture. “Then—when all this is often done—maybe we leave together,” stated Dimitri. “Yes,” she stated, a tiny, hopeful smile flashing into her eyes and lips. “I’d like that. ” bankruptcy Fifty-Nine Deborah phoned a taxi from her hiding position at the hill and didn’t go away that spot until the driving force referred to as to claim he was once parked on the foot of the steps within the village. She had him force her to Skipton, and en course she phoned the Malkin Tower cottages and paid her invoice by way of bank card. She wouldn't be making a choice on up her property, she stated. The landlady acknowledged that used to be high-quality, that she may perhaps ship them on if useful, and Deborah idea she sounded cautious yet very a little relieved, as though an individual had already inquired after her.

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