1. Just an ordinary day
“You are kidding me, right?” I shut the file that I was holding in my hands. “I am one of your top people, John, and you are giving me this guy, again, as my next assignment. Do I look like a glorified babysitter to you?“
I was not sure if John sensed how pissed off I was about this but I was going make it clear to him if he didn’t. I was a goddamn security and protection expert, one of the best in the business. I had taken down all sorts of dangerous criminals and had crushed many threats in the past four years. John’s competitors had tried to poach me for their companies on several occasions. Hell, even the MI5 tried to recruit me! Not to brag, but I had mad fighting skills, sniper precious with guns, and I was a master in strategy. It was as if I was born to fight danger and protect people, like an animal guarding its pack. Yet, my boss was trying to turn me into a guarding dog for a rich fat guy who probably received threats from his lovers and ex-wives again. Hadn’t he learned his lesson the last time that we protected him?
“Look, I get that you are pissed off, Riley, but Adam is considered as an up-and-coming tech genius. He has money and influence, so I cannot turn him down and I cannot be seen as offering him anything else than our best. Come on—it will be an easy job! You just need to accompany him to this meet-and-greet this afternoon and make sure that no man lays a hand on him. Deal?”
“Do I have a choice?”
“No.” Ugh, I wanted to wipe that smug smile off John’s face. But I knew he was right.
“Fine. But if he even as much as looks at my butt again, someone will need to protect him from me next time.”
“That’s my girl. Go say Hi next door, Boswell—he is waiting there.“ Here we go.....Zen, Riley, zen!
As I walked into our meeting room, I saw Adam sitting there waiting for me, stuffing his face with doughnuts in the meantime. Seriously, how was this guy a genius? At the rate he was going, he’d probably die of diabetes before he even made it big in the tech world.
He was a typical nouveau riche—draped in designer accessories, owned a red Lamborghini with a registrqtion plate PL4Y B8Y and posted religiously on social media of his whereabouts in London as if the world cared. That last part was an immense pain in the arse for me as someone who needed to keep him safe from supposed perpetrators. He was also so clever that he would regularly end up posting photos with his latest lover. Sometimes I wondered if this was just his way of speeding up the divorces from his ever younger-looking new wives. Not that they complained—you could see what they were after.
Genius, my arse.
The overconfident playboy swaggered toward me with a wicked gleam in his eyes. “Riley, baby! I’ve missed you. Life is no fun without you by my side.”
“Hi, Adam. I see that not much has changed since I saw you six months ago.”
“No, baby, I need you in my life. Sure you don’t want to become the next Mrs Adam Smith?“. Ha, over my dead body.
I rolled my eyes and folded my arms. “Actually, Adam, I think I am suddenly more interested in women, so I will pass.”
“Oh, baby, we could have so much fun together. Maybe I was sent in your life to help you come back to the better side?” Adam grinned, then took one step closer to me.
Chauvinistic pig. It was really going to take all of my inner strength not to punch him myself.
“Hey, Adam, ever heard of Krav Maga?” I smirked. He squinted at me as I walked towards him.
“You know, the world’s most effective and dangerous martial art. No? Hmmm. Do you really think you want to piss off someone who holds a black belt in it?“ I whispered the last part when I got close to him. I could see the beads of sweat emerging on his forehead and he gulped loudly. “How about you stop pulling your sleazy moves on me and all other girls when I am around? Then you will never have to experience what exactly Krav Maga entails.”
Adam nodded in agreement but, to be honest, it wouldn’t be him if he didn’t try to get the last word in. “Crikey, I am happy to have you on my side then.”
Two hours later, we arrived at the office of the start-up in Shoreditch where the meet-and-greet took place. Adam had recently developed a new coding software and tech geeks seemed to be all over it, so the room was full mainly of young guys but also some girls, all hoping to be the next Steve Jobs. Or rather, the next Adam Smith. We had already moved onto the reception networking part of the event when I saw a tall young woman head our way, her face full of rage. I contemplated whether to stop her but I knew what was coming.
“How could you, Adam? You fucked my sister while I was at the spa. I left my fiancé for you, you prick!” I heard her hand land heavily on his cheek, just as she kneed him in the groin. Before Adam could even realise what happened, the girl turned around and walked out of the room.
“What the fuck, Riley? You are supposed to protect me.” He could barely speak as he was rolling on the floor, holding his crotch defensively. I knew that the tears in his eyes were just his body’s natural reaction to the pain- I had seen it plenty of times in the guys that have had to face me in combat—but it still made me smile on the inside. I know, I was being mean; yet, he deserved it.
“From actual threat to your life or well-being,” I clarified.
“What the fuck do you call this then?”
“Your own stupidity,” I smirked, “and I am not paid to protect you from that. Next time maybe don’t post on Instagram where you are for all of your girlfriends to see.”
“Some bodyguard you are.”
“Hey, I promised John that no man would lay a hand on you. No man did. So I think I am still good on my promise.” I stretched my arm out and offered Adam my hand to help him stand up. As soon as I did that though, my whole body went into combat mode, sensing danger around before I heard him.
“You bastard! You stole my idea and now you will pay for it.”
I didn’t even have the time to think about who said that and what exactly he wanted. All I knew was that I had to protect my client and that the threat was behind me. The click from the safety release of his gun sent my mind into autopilot. I quickly turned around when he got closer to me, stepping under his arm before I ripped the gun out of his hand. In a matter of seconds, I torqued his wrist using my hips and my weight, and brought him down to the floor.
“Shit! Shit! Shit! That hurts. I surrender,” he exclaimed as I looked up and scanned the scene for other attackers. All I could see were the shocked attendees who clapped and whistled as if I had just won a match at some boxing game. But a tall blonde guy stood out at the back of the room. He stared at me and showed no emotion—he was different from the others. Instead, he smiled as if I had made him proud. However, I had never seen the guy before, though I couldn’t shake the feeling that he seemed familiar. Probably just another creep that I had come across. Before I could think about it further, I heard Adam’s groans behind me as he got up. Yeah, I might have pushed him to the ground as I tried to save his life. Not like I felt bad about it.
“And I thought that tech was a safe field. Thank you for saving me, Riley.” I nodded in response and turned to look for the blonde creep, but he was gone.
Once the police came and took Adam’s attacker away, I got my client checked by the paramedics and took him home, where I gladly handed him over to the gorillas guarding his house. Next time he should really get one of them to protect him—at least they were used to all the stupidities coming out of his mouth.
By the time I started making my way home, it was late but I needed to clear my head after the long day. It was a fresh, calm evening and the full moon shone brightly in the sky, so I decided to get off two tube stops before my usual one and walk the rest of the way home. The moonlight illuminated the road that led to my house in Putney. I loved the area ever since I moved here as it had plenty of greenery that made me feel a bit freer despite the confines of the big city. It also reminded me of my parents’ house in Berkshire, which was just a stone’s throw away from various great parks.
My body tensed up as I walked down the street. I knew by now what that meant—someone was following me. My gut feeling was indispensable in my line of work, and it was also what made me superb at my job. Somehow I could always sense impending danger before others. Strangely, I couldn’t feel any threat this time, just the nagging sensation that I was being watched. It was as if whoever or whatever was following me did not intend any harm. I turned around to scan the perimeter but there was no one around. That didn’t stop me from locking all the extra locks on my front door when I was finally inside my house.
Happy to finally be home, I made my way to my bedroom and quickly changed into my pyjamas before I got ready for bed. Then I heard it—a howl that sounded like a wolf and yet so quiet as if it was only meant for my ears. I knew I must have been imagining it. After all, there were no wolves left in the wild in the UK since the 1700s when they were all hunted. And yet, I felt drawn to go and check from my window.
A loud gasp left my lips when I looked outside—standing on the other side of the street was the creepy blonde guy, who stared at me once again. I blinked, right before his form began to shift. Within seconds his skin was no longer smooth—it was now covered with beautiful black fur. His face and body had morphed and stretched into a creature that was not human. He had transformed into a beautiful black wolf. Impossible! I blinked again and there was nothing.
Was my mind playing tricks on me?
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I have a feeling that there is more to Riley than we’ve seen so far. What could be her story?
And who is the mysterious blonde outside of her house? Did she really see him and the wolf?
If you wonder how I imagine my girl Riley, she is based on the beautiful Barbara Palvin. Stunning, isn’t she? 😍😍😍
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