It had been a few weeks since Dexter was killed and his funeral had come and gone. It still hurt her to know that she couldn’t do anything to help her friend. Tyler had done his best to keep her out of her room but she didn’t want to get out of bed.
Even though Skyla didn’t want to go back to work, she had no choice. She had bills to pay and she had to track down the bastard who took her best friend from her. As she walked through the building, no one looked at her and no one said anything. Not even the sexist bastard Hugo threw nasty remarks at her.
“Morning, Skyla,” Jason said as she approached her desk, “Would you like anything to drink?”
Skyla shook her head, “I’m good. Thanks,”
“The boss is calling a meeting and he wants you to be there,”
“I’ll be there,”
“Skyla,” Jason said, “Are you sure you are ok to come back?”
“I don’t have a choice,” She said, “I need to be on the streets to bring down the bastard who killed Dexter,”
“I know, but you haven’t had time to-”
“Thank you for your concern,” She said, “But this is the best place for me,”
“If you need anything, just let me know,” Jason said, “We should probably get to the conference room,”
Skyla sat at the back of the room next to Jason as their boss went through the cases that needed to be solved. Then she felt her heart stop when Dexter's name was mentioned.
“We lost a good man. Dexter will always be remembered,” He said, “I know that it was hard on all of you but we need to focus and take down the people who did this,”
Skyla clenched her fists and glared at the table.
“We have a might few leads on the bastards who did this,” He said and Skyla looked up, “In front of you, there are photos of the main members of The Red Devils. As police, we can’t get anywhere near them because they will kill us with no mercy. They run the city and we will need to get inside the inner circle to bring them down,”
“What do you suggest, sir?” Hugo asked.
“Axel Dalton doesn’t trust just anyone,” He said folding his arms, “He has his friends and gang members close to him at all times. His bodyguards are willing to die to keep him safe. The man has been arrested on so many times but the evidence has always gone missing,”
“Then what are you suggesting we do?” Jason said, “We can’t just-”
“We send someone in undercover,” He said, “I will get one of you to pretend to be in a gang. We will protect you from other police and-”
“That won’t work,” Jason said, “Axel doesn’t just trust anyone. You said that yourself and we look like police. Everyone in this room walks and talks cop. Sorry sir, but that-”
“Then we send in Skyla,”
“What?” She said, “You think I-”
“You are the best shot we have,” He said walking over to her, “Don’t tell me you are scared officer,”
Skyla got to her feet, “I’d rather be on the right side of the law to bring him down,”
“You will be,” He smirked, “I can’t have my men risk their lives, can I? Skyla, you are the only one fit for the role I have in my head,”
“So you are willing to risk mine?” Skyla said, “Reece, I don’t-”
“Shut up, Skyla,” Reece said, “You are the best officer for this job. Don’t make me find someone else,”
Skyla gritted her teeth and didn’t say anything.
“You said yourself you wanted to be the one to take down the people who killed him. This is your chance,” Reece said, “And since you are the only female officer in this building, you are the only one to do it. Meet me in my office after lunch. I will go through your role,”
Skyla walked into Reece's office and he handed her a bag. She peeked in and glared at him.
“Are you serious?”
“From now on, you are no longer an officer of the law,” He said, “Your name is Sky Bennett, 25 years old and living closer to the main house of The Red Devils. Your apartment isn’t great, but it’s the best we could do on such short notice,”
“What the hell is this outfit?”
Reece smirked, “Did you think you’d get in pretending to be a bodyguard? No. You’re a prostitute, you’ll get to be close to the inner circle and listen in on what they say,”
“And do I have to act this role?”
“What do you mean?”
“Being a prostitute means having to sleep with people for money!”
“We have everything sorted,” Reece said, “Your clients will be undercover police. Your safety is the priority but we need as much information as possible. You will do whatever you can to bring those bastards down. I need evidence to lock them away,”
Skyla sighed, “What about my brother?”
“You can still see him but you need to explain that you are no longer a cop. You are undercover. I don’t want another death. Keep him out of your work and everything will be ok,”
“How should I communicate with everyone?”
“Jason will be a regular client of yours,” Reece said, “He will see you once or twice a week. You tell him everything you find out. If there isn’t anything, then you have someone to talk to,”
“The time scale?”
“As long as it takes,”
Skyla sighed and rubbed the back of her neck, “If I’m beaten by a pimp?”
“Make sure that Blake Grey finds out,” He said, “From our sources, he deals with prostitutes and looks after them,”
“So I can’t kick their asses?”
Reece smirked, “Sure and if you’re caught by the police, we’ll pretend to arrest you. If you are seen by one of the inner circle members, then even better. They will trust you more,”
“When do I start?”
“As soon as you can,” Reece said, “Hand over your badge, gun and everything that links you to the police. We will give you a gun that can’t be traced,”
“Ok,” Skyla said looking at her outfit, “Do you have anyone that works with the police?”
“Yes,” He said with a nod, “When you get to your apartment, she will be there to help you out. She is a prostitute but she works with us to bring down criminals. You can trust her,”
“I guess I should pack my things,”
“Skyla,” Reece said before she left, “Good luck,”