10 lb Penalty by Dick Francis

By Dick Francis

A wanna-be jockey accepts a task in his father's crusade for Parliament--and realizes that politics should be the main perilous horse race of all.

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Griffin grinned, revealing crooked white teeth. Sean didn’t return the physician’s smile. He took Lucy’s hand and pulled it to his chest, forcing her to lean over him. ” She kissed him lightly. She had an impulse to lie down next to Sean and make sure he was really okay, even though she knew he was going to be fine. She’d been periodically shaking since returning from the mine shaft. She didn’t understand her unusual reaction, considering she’d been around plenty of dead bodies at the morgue and none of them had affected her the way the dead blonde had.

I used everything Herve taught me, used everything he had—his knowledge, his money, his life. If I hadn’t left, I would never have learned more than my brother about the business. I wouldn’t be feared and worshipped, and I would never have the power to run such a vast operation from afar. But part of leadership was punishing the weak, and my people were acting like a bunch of fucking hillbillies. I didn’t even want to take ownership of the motley crew. Not a clearheaded, forward-thinking brain among any of them.

It might take him a few days to go running, but he hadn’t broken anything, he hadn’t died. A tiny sob escaped. ” “I’m okay. ” He kissed the top of her head, and that made the tears fall. She didn’t understand why she was so upset. She’d get Sean out of this pit, take him to the cabin, watch him all night to make sure the concussion didn’t cause him more problems, and by tomorrow … What if he’d died? There were so many things she wanted to tell him, things she didn’t know how to say. The thought of Sean dying terrified her.

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