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I stood in Kaine’s home office. A warm cup of coffee was cradled in my hands, while I took in all the information he had collected over the last five years. Pictures were pinned to the walls, with details about each person, what they are connected too and how they fit into this operation.

“You really think it’s him?” I asked as I heard Kaine walk into the room.

“Yeah, it fits.” He stood beside me, staring at the picture of a man we both knew so well…who we thought we knew. “What has he been like since I’ve been gone?”

I let out a sigh. “Well, he was fine, his regular self. Then we started dating and as time went on he got more and more temperamental. Less patience, more demanding with me, and with everyone in the office.” I shook my head, my eyes going back to the picture of Daniel on the wall, his green eyes and dark hair stood out against the white pages that surrounded his photo.

“Then when he found out you were coming back…he was like a wrecking ball. Angry, snippy, calling shots that didn’t make sense. It was like he was trying to hang onto the last bit of power he had before you came back and took that from him.” I ran my hand through my hair. “His attitude fits, but I just…I don’t know.” I shook my head. “I really can’t see him betraying you like that. He’s your second.”

“I know, but all roads lead to him.”

“Do you think it could be a setup?” I looked at him. He was rubbing his fingers along his jaw as he looked at the wall in front of him.

“Maybe…”

“Are you going to talk to him?”

“Eventually. I want a little more time…I want to make sure that I’m right.”

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