ATSWT – Chapter 3 – Babies and Break-ins

“Oh my god,” Hannah Armstrong said to her twin brother, Noah, “they’re at it again.”

“Hey, there are innocent children in the room,” Noah said.

Their parents, Maverick and Cleo broke apart, slightly embarrassed. “I thought you two were outside,” Cleo laughed.

“We were, but I needed a snack,” Noah told her as he headed for the kitchen.

“You just ate an hour ago,” Cleo said.

“I’m a growing boy. What can I say?”

“He’s going to eat us out of house and home,” Maverick chuckled. He looked lovingly at his wife. “How are you feeling?”

“Like a beached whale.”

He placed his hands gently on her stomach. “Stop giving your mother a hard time,” he told the baby.

“Ouch!” Cleo said, clutching her side. “I don’t think she agrees with you.”

“You know, I’ve never seen you look more beautiful,” he whispered to his wife.”

“Get a room,” Noah muttered as he walked past them with a bowl of chips. “Oh, wait, that’s how you got in that condition in the first place. Never mind.”

Everyone laughed as Maverick’s phone rang. He stepped away to answer the call. “Armstrong.”

“Someone broke into the Strangerville lab last night,” John Ducounte, his boss, said.

“That’s not good.”

“Normally, I would agree with you, except…”

“Except what?”

“Nothing was taken,” John admitted. “Two people dressed in black scaled the fence, broke into the building, then came back out about thirty minutes later. One of them handed a video camera to the other person. Then they scaled the fence and left.”

“Do we know who it was?”

“Yes, and you won’t believe it when I tell you. It was Nancy and Malcolm Landgraab.”

“That’s crazy! What would they want at the Strangerville Lab?”

“Go ask them. That’s why you get paid the big bucks,” John said before hanging up.

Maverick put his phone back in his pocket. What would a minor crime boss from the lab?

Published by Author Teresa Watson

I have always loved to read, and carry a book with me wherever I go. I’ve written for several online sites, doing book reviews and author interviews. After graduating in 2000 from West Texas A&M with a Bachelor’s degree, I was a teacher for a while before deciding my destiny was to write, not to mold young minds. Writing for me is like taking an exciting journey, or going on a welty, as my parents say. I don’t know where my stories are going to take me. I just hang on and enjoy the ride.

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  1. I am a little confused. I believe Maverick works for Andrew. They want to know why Andy would have someone break I to the lab or do they not know that Andy is their boss and think it is someone else? If they know Andy is the boss wouldn’t they know why Andy would be searching for his son-in-law? So apparently, they think Nancy and Malcolm work for someone else.????

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  2. Okay, I think I see the confusion here, and that is my fault. I will change the name of Maverick’s boss so we don’t confuse him with Andy from “We Own the Night”. Sorry about that. Since Nancy is a minor crime lord, she isn’t normally a person that would be sent out on an assignment like this. So at this point, Maverick and his boss would see no connection to Andy the mob poss and Phillip’s disappearance.

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    1. I figure out Andy and Andrew we’re two different people after reading it 3 times. I was more puzzle about who was saying what to whom, Andrew or Maverick. I wonder if they know about Phillip being held captive or if they are in on it. Could the boy Shelby adopted be Phillip’s. Maybe he was drugged or force to have sex with someone resulting in a pregnancy and child.🤔

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      1. Leah, the conversation is just like any other conversation you would read in a book. Every other line belongs to one character. It’s the way I write my books. If there are more than two characters in the conversation, then I’ll make sure that it is clear who is saying what in the conversation. But usually, if it is just two characters talking, I’ll go back and forth; it’s not necessary to say “Maverick said” or “Cleo said” every sentence. The editor in me might have a fit if I did that.

        As for who the father of Devin is…well…maybe it’s someone we haven’t met yet in ATSWT! You just never know! 😉


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