"Here are the rules," Caleb barked, standing in front of the passenger side door between his truck and the runt. "No eating, no drinking, no chewing, no licking, no drooling, no touching the radio, no touching the steering wheel, no touching the stick shift, no touching anything."
"You do not talk, sing, hum, make any sort of noise whatsoever except for extremely quiet breathing. I am not your friend, I am not your pal, and I am not here to help you, nor are you here to help me. You are an annoyance and shouldn't even be here. I don't know how you did get here, and I don't want to know. You will stay out of the way, stay in the car as I make the deliveries while not touching or moving or doing anything. You will not handle the food in anyway. And you will die a slow, painful and terrifying death if you go anywhere near any of my weapons. Consider this your one and only warning. Got it?"
She shouldn't be here. He didn't know how she got here. She shouldn't have had any manner of identification whatsoever! And Royce made it clear the day before that they had no ties to anyone or anywhere. How did she get the stupid papers to get his stupid boss to agree to hiring her for this stupid job!?!
He needed to calm down. He wasn't a person really prone to losing his temper, and he couldn't afford to start now. Even if his cover and the safety of this entire town was being jeopardized by one stupid, selfish, midget mutt.
Calm. He needed calm.
He had been on edge ever since this morning, when the boss announced that the runt would be joining him on his delivery route. He kept his calm when the boss officially hired her (with the stupid fake documents in tow). He was even cool about her showing up to work, disappearing into the back depths of the small building where he, as her supervisor, sent her to work, away from the public. His tight control mostly hung on by a thin thread, but he still had it.
But then the boss said that he couldn't put the cooler bag on the other seat. That there would be someone joining him.
"No, we cannot walk, because these burgers are expected to be delivered in a certain amount of time which cannot be done without wheels. Now get in and shut up."