The Trials of Loyalty

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Chapter 20

Savannah knew when Daniel had disappeared with little to no notice that it wasn’t good. What did she expect? Did she seriously think that when she handed the information on Viktor over to Alexander that he wouldn’t do anything about it? Savannah would never admit it to anyone but she felt a twinge of worry beginning to grow in her stomach. Alexander had proven time and time again that he could handle himself in any situation. As much as he despised Daniel, she knew the pair were unstoppable together. She seriously doubted them against Viktor. His track record proved that he wasn’t a guy to be messed with.

With her mind focused on Alexander, she was getting very little work done. Savannah hadn’t realized it but she had been staring at the same brief for nearly an hour. Sighing, she ran a hand over her face. Now she couldn’t even get her work done without thinking about Alexander and the mess he had gotten her into. Savannah was going to be extra thankful when he turned himself in because she didn’t think she could take much more of this.

As Savannah attempted to tackle the brief once again, the phone on her desk began ringing. Without taking her eyes off the brief, she reached out and answered the phone.

“Agent Carey,” She answered dully as her eyes zoned in on the words in front of her.

“It’s Coleman. I need you in my office. Now.” He didn’t say anything else as he promptly hung up. Savannah couldn’t stop the worry from rising. Not that he has a shining personality but Coleman was never this gruff. Unless something or someone pissed him off.

“Shit,” Savannah muttered to herself, standing up from her desk. She quickly made her way to Coleman’s office, careful not to piss him off anymore than he already was.

Savannah reached his office and brought her knuckles up to his office door. Coleman picked his head up from his desk at the sound of her knock.

“Come in.” He spoke out gruffly. Savannah couldn’t tell until she entered the office that Coleman had a frantic look in his eyes mixed with anger. ‘Oh god, this wasn’t going to be good’ Savannah thought to herself as she sat down in one of the chairs across his desk.

“A man that’s been on the FBI’s radar for quite some time was just anonymously dropped off at the Afghan National Police’s headquarters in Kabul. His name is Viktor Ivanov.” A wave of relief washed over Savannah when she heard Viktor’s name. He survived; Alexander had gotten to Viktor Ivanov. Now he could turn himself in.

“Yeah, I’ve heard of the guy.” She said nonchalantly. Savannah hoped that Coleman wouldn’t be able to sense the excitement.

“Everyone in the bureau has. He’s got connections with the Russian Mafia. We’ve been looking for this guy for years. Without this, we may have never found him. He’ll be going away for a long. That’s not why I brought you in here.” Coleman clasped his hands together, his eyes drifting to meet Savannah. When she met his eyes, Savannah could see the seething anger brewing in them.

“Imagine my surprise when the arresting officer said Viktor was delivered with a note. Care to know what that note said?” Savannah didn’t get the chance to respond before Coleman butt in. “This one is for FBI Agent Savannah Carey.”

This time, Savannah wasn’t able to hide her emotions as she sat back in the chair. Why? Why would Alexander and Daniel leave a note mentioning her when they turned in Viktor? It didn’t make sense!

Savannah tried grasping at answers on to why they would do this and only one solution came to mind. This was their intention all along. Alexander was going to sell Savannah out from the beginning. He didn’t care about the risks he was putting her through, he didn’t care that she was putting her life on the line! All Alexander cared about was himself! He just wanted the information that would lead him to Viktor. Once he was done, he would just toss her aside. Just like he was doing now.

The betrayal ate away at Savannah as she opened her mouth, attempting to speak. “There’s something I should tell you. And it could- cost me everything.” She did her best to swallow the hard lump that manifested in her throat.

“Oh, please. Do tell.” So that’s what Savannah, she did Coleman everything. She spilled how she’s been helping Alexander gather information and how she helped him find Viktor. She spilled how Daniel was working with Alexander and was his mole in the task force. Every interaction that she’s had with Alexander and Daniel since the task force was started Savannah told Coleman.

He sat there for a minute after Savannah finished telling him everything. At first, Coleman sat there with his arms crossed over her chest. After what seemed like an eternity, Coleman cleared his throat.

“Here’s what you’re going to do Savannah. You’re going to track Alexander down, Daniel too. I don’t care what the fuck you have to go through but you’re going to find them.”

“Sir I have no-“

“You must not understand me, Agent Carey.” A harsh tone took over Coleman’s voice. “Because if you don’t find these men, I will not only fire your ass but throw you in prison for aiding and abetting a fugitive as well as obstruction of a federal investigation. Your in a lot of hot water for this whole mess and the ONLY chance you have at making it out of this still employed with the FBI and living a free life is if you bring Alexander and Daniel. Do you understand me?” Savannah nodded her head, then stood up from the chair.

“You’ve got 48 hours to find them, Carey. Don’t disappoint.” Savannah avoided Coleman’s gaze as she exited the office, tears of frustration welling up in her eyes. She put everything on the line for Alexander and Daniel and what did she get for it? For them to sell her out the first chance they got?!

Savannah began to freak out as she had no clue where Alexander would be. Then it hit her. She practically ran back to her desk, eager and desperate to get the information she needed.

Savannah may have helped Alexander in the past, but she was done playing nice. She was done being loyal to someone who she shouldn’t have trusted. It was time she protected and saved herself instead of other people.

And she knew exactly how to do it.

It took Savannah nearly a day and a half but she finally found the cemetery where Johnathan Miller’s body has been laid to rest. He was at Central Texas Veteran’s Cemetery. If Savannah knew Alexander like she thought she did, then he was going to visit Johnathan’s grave.

As her eyes scanned the graveyard, Savannah had hoped she hadn’t missed Alexander. She had already called the Calvary here in hopes he would be here. If not, she was fucking screwed.

Savannah knew the approximate location of Johnathan’s grave so when she saw a male in the same vicinity of the site, she had a feeling it was Alexander.

She hung back, not wanting to spook him. Part of her was curious as to the reason he was here.

“Hey Johnathan, I know it’s been a while since I’ve stopped by.” Savannah could Alexander let out a slow breath as he stared down at the grave. “I’ve been- busy.”

Alexander paused for a few seconds before continuing. “I’ve finally found the guy that did this, that took you away from Rose and Jacob. Daniel and I put him away. That’s why I haven’t been here, I’ve been tracking down the guy that did this. With the help of a few friends.” He chuckled, bringing a hand up to scratch the side of his face.

“I’m going to be gone for a long time so I just want to say that- I’m always going to make sure your family’s ok. Even if I can’t make sure myself, your family will be taken care of by Johnathan. You have my word.” Savannah, getting tired of watching from a distance, made her way closer towards Alexander.

“Hey-“ Savannah called out to him. Alexander slowly turned towards her voice, letting a small smile go in the process.

“I’m surprised where you knew to find me.” He spoke softly, his eyes drifting towards the headstone.

“It took a little digging but I found it. You’re more predictable than you think Alex.” He quirked an eyebrow at Savannah calling him Alex but didn’t think much of it.

“Says the woman that’s a trained psychologist.” Both of them found themselves laughing, Savannah’s a little more somber than his.

“I know about Viktor being turned in.” It was that statement that finally tore Alexander’s eyes away from the grave to land on Savannah.

“Daniel talked me into it. I wanted to kill the son of a bitch.” She wasn’t used to seeing a somber look in Alexander’s eyes. They normally were very guarded, except the few times she had interactions with her. Savannah shook these thoughts from her head. Now wasn’t the time to become sympathetic, especially after what Daniel and Alexander did to her.

“Did Daniel talk you into leaving the note with my name on it too?”

“What the hell are you talking about Savannah?” Alexander turned his body to face Savannah, raising his eyebrow in confusion. “What note?”

“Come on, stop acting like you don’t know about the note! It was left with Viktor’s body, saying this one was for FBI Agent Savannah Carey? Ring any bells?” His denying this was just pissing her off. He had the balls to turn her in you’d think he’d have to the balls to admit he turned her in!

“Savannah I can assure you I have no clue what you’re talking about. I didn’t leave any note nor did I have any knowledge of this. You know I wouldn’t sell you out like that.” Alexander searched her eyes for any sign of her budging her stance. No such luck.

“No, I don’t. We went to College for one year together, ONE and you’re acting like we’re the best of friends. I helped you out, I helped Daniel out! I put my career and life on the line for you and you fucking stab me in the back?!” Savannah pinched the bridge of her nose between her thumb and index finger.

“Because of you, my life as I know it is in jeopardy. If I don’t bring you in, I’m going to jail!” She sighed, hearing the faint sounds of sirens in the distance. Alexander must have heard the sound too because his eyes drifted towards the road.

“I’m sorry, but it’s time I look after myself.” As if on cue, two black SUVs came barreling into the graveyard, their sirens blaring. Armed agents were out of their cars before they had even pulled to a complete stop.

Savannah took a step back, allowing the agents to approach them. With his eyes set on Savannah, Alexander raised his hands in the air. Slowly, he got down on his knees and interlocked his fingers behind him. An agent rushed towards Alexander, pulling out a pair of handcuffs in the process.

“Alexander Jackson, you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you can not afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you at no cost. Do you understand these rights?” The FBI agent dragged Alexander up to a standing position.

His eyes were still laser focused on Savannah as he nodded. “I don’t care what you think or what your psychology brain is telling you but I don’t know anything about the note. I swear to you.” Before Alexander was able to get anything else out, two FBI agents dragged him towards one of the black SUV’s. He started to resist them, but must have realized that it was pointless.

Savannah watched as the FBI agent shoved Alexander into the backseat of the SUV, slamming the door closed once he was in.

Even though Alexander had been arrested, Savannah felt that this wasn’t the end to this ordeal. Something else was coming, she just didn’t know what.

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