The Secret Thief

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Chapter 10

“You lost her?” She could not believe she was hearing this. Not now. Not when they were so close.

“There were complications,” he said, forcing the words on her trying to regain control of the conversation. “An auto detail in a city this small is challenging. The crew followed procedure.”

“Procedure that resulted in them losing her.” She bit back. “Sounds like someone on your team fell asleep.”

“She was on her way home and they maintained visual with her vehicle. It was a standard tail.” He growled. “You said she comes straight home after school. There was no way they could know she planned to stop. We didn’t have a foot team ready. When she left her car it took time to get them in.”

“Unbelievable incompetence...”

“You also told us she was a loner, remember? No one suspected she would slip out of the building and leave her car. Where the hell would she go and with whom?”

“What building? Where is her car?”

“The library, parked outside in plain sight only there’s no…”

“The library?!” She screamed. The shrill pierced Simon’s ear and he pulled the phone away. “Violet would never go to the library this time of night! Think Simon, all those people…she wouldn’t risk it.”

Simon clamped his jaw down and ground his molars together until bone grit rolled on his tongue. She was right. He hated it, but she was.

“I told you to put on your best team!” M was on a rampage. “This is exactly what we don’t need. How could they be so stupid?!”

“The team has been dealt with, alright?!” Simon thundered. “But they are not your concern. Right now our number one priority is to find her.”

“You’re damn right it is.”

She wore her anger like a cape, flashing it in his face and trying to antagonize him. One day she would pay for it but right now he needed her help.

“Can we count on your cooperation?” He said. “Or would you serve this project better back at the compound?” It was a threat but one he would gladly make good on. Agent M swallowed hard.

“Yes,” she said. “You can count on me. I’m here. I’ll do whatever it takes to get her back.”

“Good. Now where would she have gone?”

M thought it over. Violet at the library? Who could she possibly have met there? Something was wrong but she didn’t know what. All the years of reading Violet like an open book, all those years of knowing exactly what she was up to and now they’d lost her. This situation was just like that stupid boy in the garage. It was happening all over again. Hopefully it would not end as poorly.

“M?”

“I’m thinking. She’s acting strange. Her behavior is becoming erratic. She might have…” She stopped abruptly.

“What?”

“Oh God.”

“What? What is it? Do you know where she is?”

“Simon, the house…”

“What about it? We’re pulling out but we’ve removed all her things. Haven’t we?”

“Yes, but it could be more than that to her…it’s home. It’s scheduled for complete shutdown, right?”

“Of course. You said it yourself, the place is compromised.”

“When? When will it happen?”

“I don’t know. House cleaning handles that. Hang on.” He covered the phone and yelled to someone. M heard a muffled dialog, then shouting then Simon’s voice again.

“We have a problem.”

“Oh no, Simon no...”

“We need to move.”

“Oh no…It’s today…”

“We need to move NOW.”

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