The man behind the desk stared at her, taking in her bruised, bloody face, wet hair and muddy clothes but said nothing.
She paid for her room using some of the cash she’d stolen out of James’s wallet and put a fake name on the register.
He turned away to answer the phone. When he turned back to ask if she needed him to call the police she was gone.
Annie locked and bolted the door.
She undressed, stepped in the shower, crying out as the water hit her battered body.