Two Empty Hands

Raven Series # 10 | Jump to Raven # 1 

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His machete gleaming in the moonlight, Don Pedro stepped from behind a tree. He nodded his head toward the far side of the street. 

I turned. We walked away from the hostel in silence. After a block or two, he leaned toward me and asked,  “Did you find lockers at the bus station?”

“Unofficially,” I said. 

Don Pedro looked at me with raised eyebrows. Keeping my voice low, I told him about the lockers and the bathroom ticket. 

Don Pedro shook his head. “Only Pato would hide computer files with a restroom attendant.”

“Her grandson works for him sometimes.” I said. I showed him the two USB drives the old lady had given to me wrapped in toilet paper and sealed in a plastic bag. “Hopefully these will help us get Raven back. Or at least help us find out where she is.”

Don Pedro grunted.

“How are things at the hostel?” I asked. Don Pedro stopped.

“All is quiet,” he said. Ramón spoke with Javier. El Cangrejo ate dinner, drank a couple beers, and went to his room.”

“I wouldn’t have expected that,” I said, “if he was a narco.”

“I agree,” said Don Pedro. “It is strange.”

We turned and headed back toward the hostel.

Don Pedro stood on my left, ready to swing the machete.

I took a deep breath, raised my fist, and—knocked on the door to El Cangrejo’s room. I stepped to the side in case bullets were about to come flying through the door.

From inside the room, El Cangrejo called out: “Is that you, Don Cuervo?”

“Yes, this is Don Cuervo,” I said.

“Good,” he said. “We have a lot to talk about.” 

El Cangrejo opened the door partway. “I will show you my hands first,” he said, “so you know I am unarmed.” 

I leaned in and saw two empty hands waving at me. 

“Okay,” I said.

“I’m coming out,” El Cangrejo said. 

The door opened all the way, and El Cangrejo  stepped into the hallway. He nodded at me, then looked at Don Pedro. “You won’t need that, Sir.” 

Don Pedro lowered the machete. 

El Cangrejo smiled.

“Please,” he said. Come in.”

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