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Chapter 6: No Women, No Children, No Secret Agents

“Hi, my name is Amy,” Marlene thought quickly. “Hi Amy,” the child replied easily. “What are you doing?” “I’m your new babysitter.” “No you’re not,” the child replied. “You’re dressed like a scary person. You’re bad.” “If I was bad, would I be talking to you still?” Marlene asked, smiling. ‘Keep smiling. Smiling disarms everybody,’…

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Chapter 5: Play It Again Sam

“Here is your next assignment,” Oliver began, dimming the lights in the Section Seven satellite office in Fairview. It was disguised as a construction agency’s office on the seventh floor of an unassuming small-town skyscraper overlooking the town’s only movie theater. The agency photo of a middle-aged man flashed onscreen. “You are being temporarily reassigned…

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Chapter 4: The Plot Thickens

“Thank you Syrai,” Aurora Pagano said evenly. “I do my best,” Syrai replied just as coolly. The two women were sitting side by side on a bench in a London park populated by the usual suspects. “What do you know about her then?” Aurora asked after a pregnant silence. “She’s David’s half-sister. She’s been assigned…

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Chapter 3: The Gauntlet Strikes Back

“Adagio, do you copy?” David’s voice crackled in Marlene’s ear. “Roger that,” Marlene muttered. “As we’ve discussed in class, this is simple,” he said, not wanting to say any more than that in case someone was overhearing their chatter. Marlene was walking down the sidewalk in Times Square, her heart pounding and her senses on…

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Chapter 2: Activation

Marlene was seething. Oliver noticed the look on her face and immediately asked, “What’s wrong?” She refused to answer, instead stubbornly looking out the window. Malcolm was nursing his black eye with ice in a towel he had found in the limo’s bar. “So…” Oliver began, dragging out the last syllable. “What happened to your…

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Continue reading Chapter 1: We Be Clubbin’

Chapter 1: We Be Clubbin’

Marlene Griffith cranked up her stereo and took out her makeup case. She strode into her modest walk-in closet to choose a suitable outfit for a night out. It was another sleepy Friday night in Fairview, California, but Marlene didn’t care. The weather outside was slowly getting warmer and with it, the idea that the…

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Continue reading Chapter 12: Tying Up Loose Ends

Chapter 12: Tying Up Loose Ends

The next few minutes were a blur. Section Seven assault teams descended on the warehouse and its surrounding area in seconds. Billingsworth shot himself in the head as Section Seven’s Alpha Team closed in. His men were arrested, as was Andrew, who surrendered willingly. Marlene was being tended to by Section Seven medics when she…

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