"Hey, Charlie. You like the truck better? Than the boat, I mean?"
That's what she said as she walked away from the last ride she should ever have taken. And this one was smart. Kharon, even if he went by the name of Charlie these days, knew she'd be okay.
But this one wasn't just smart. She was different. Because this one came back.
Charlie's a trucker, an Independent. Meaner 'n snakes, he's been there, done that and kicked its butt—twice. What Charlie picks up, he delivers. Now Charlie's biggest customers want him to take on an extra little job—an investigation into missing deliveries. Charlie turns them down flat. Because when god an' the devil (not God and the Devil—it's a union thing) are both sounding scared, a smart trucker drives away.
Then Rosie comes back, scarred from a whipping she swears Charlie gave her. It's not like she's the first to try to kill him. But she damn near succeeds, and not even the idiot in the lion skin did that. And it's soon clear that whoever's stealing souls wants Charlie in the frame—so they can take what's in his truck.
Now Rosie's pissed. And Charlie's pissed-er. And someone's going to pay. Pay a lot more than Charlie's penny. Because nobody— not god, not demon, not poly-dimensional trans-optical hyper-sentient autonomous non-organic entity—nobody touches his truck.