I am a liar, a deceiver, a devil in the dark.
I will hunt you, steal your secrets, and use them against you.
You will never see me coming.
Then I met my match. She cut out my heart, left me bleeding, without a backward glance.
But, she made one mistake...she stepped back into my world, trying to run from her past.
She's mine, and she will soon learn there is no escape when fate says she belongs to me.
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London, Eight Months Ago
“If you get caught with this, you’re on your own,” Cora Hass said in German to her former boss, Rex Busch, as he approached her near a corner shop on the outskirts of Brixton.
I’d followed her for over an hour without her suspecting or noticing. This screamed that the exhaustion from running had finally taken its toll.
Well, fortunately for me, I’d finally captured my prey.
Cora Hass, or should I say Lillian “Lilly” Lennox, would end the day knowing fate had placed her in the path of the very man she should hope she never met again.
Why she’d picked this area of London for the drop-off surprised me. There had to be a reason. No one without backup would dare venture into this neighborhood.
Hell, my team had eyes on me right now.
“I know the drill,” Rex responded, taking the gift box from her and opening the container. “And how the business works.”
She adjusted the hat over her ears and studied his appearance, and I couldn’t help but smirk at the disgust on her face. She should have warned him to dress a little more casually for the drop-off.
If they were in Berlin, he could have passed himself off like any other well-to-do man in his late thirties. But in this neighborhood, he stood out like a sore thumb.
Lilly, Lilly, Lilly. You should know better than to work with dumbasses.
Then again, said dumbass probably thought he was the cream of the crop when it came to the spy game.
Fucker had no idea we’d watched him for years and waited. Or maybe that was her plan—she wanted people to notice him. Make him stand out. Let the locals see he was an intruder in their midst.
She, on the other hand, fit right in. She wore well-used, nondescript clothes, slightly on the dirty side, with her formerly blond hair covered in a large cap. And if I wasn’t mistaken, a pair of black or brown contacts. In this area, being recognized was a bad thing.
“I want to make sure you understand that all consequences are on your shoulders.”
“Understood.” He studied the device wrapped in cotton, nodded, and smiled. “Amazing how such an inconspicuous thing can cause so much chaos.”
“That’s the story of my life.”
“Sometimes, a little chaos is just what the doctor ordered.” T his man was so full of shit. He hated Lilly on a good day. The sheer fact he was meeting with her today said he was beyond desperate.
And from the flattening of Lilly’s lips, she was well aware of it but would go along with the charade until the payment hit her account.
Busch had a knack for underestimating her intelligence. One day, he’d regret it. Then again, he’d left the comfort and security of his office at the BND in Germany to meet with Lilly.
He had no idea how much trouble he’d just landed in by crossing international borders.
God, I couldn’t wait to get him into an interrogation room.
The second this drop ended, my team waited to collect the asshole.
“Flattery will get you everywhere.” She lifted her wrist and tapped the display on her watch. “Invoice sent.”
He pulled out his phone and typed something. “Payment transferred.”
A few seconds later, an alert appeared on her watch screen. She promptly typed in a code and inclined her head. “Device activated. As always, it’s nice doing business with you.”
As she shifted to pass him in the direction of the London Underground, he said, “I could give you ten times more work if you returned to Berlin.”
“I don’t need the work,” she responded and then added with a tinge of bitterness, “Besides, I can never go back. You made sure of this. Did you forget I have a target on my head? Or that you tried to kill me?”
“What if I said I have the means to clear your record as a way to apologize?”
“The last thing I would do is believe a word you have to say, Rex Busch.”
“You need to listen to my full offer.”
She cocked her head to the side, giving him a look of such disdain that Busch would have no doubt about her feelings toward him. “I don’t need to do anything.”
“Why did you come today?”
“Because I love to see desperation on a man’s face. It soothes the senses. I may need to bottle it.”
Busch grabbed her arm in what looked to be a painful hold. “You’re a bitch, Cora Hass.”
“Yes, I am. But you’re the one who contacted me through back channels that could get you in a lot of trouble, handed me money from a fund that shouldn’t exist, and then flew to another country to procure my product. I’m the bitch you thought was disposable and now need in order to keep your illegal world of information trade going.”
Oh, Lilly, you do know how to hit a man in the balls, especially Rex Busch. His weakness was his ego. The last thing he wanted was a reminder that he was as much a criminal as she was. Actually, even more so.
Was Lilly even aware her former boss was also a sex trafficker? I highly doubted it. Men like him kept those kinds of things hidden away, especially from women like her.
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