Had to take a break from blogging this week to get over the bad cold that slammed into me over the past weekend. Thank goodness feeling just shy of human now. And I am so looking forward to Six Sentence Sunday and doing the rounds to see what my fellow sixers are up to!
We're back with Rayne and Ash from Book 2 of my Corpus Brides espionage series. Last week, Ash kinda messed up (okay, that's an understatement!), and now he's feeling guilty as hell. Rayne knows something is amiss, but like the true manipulator she's been trained to be, she knows she can use that guilt to her advantage.
We're a week down from that fateful reunion scene; Rayne has convinced Ash to accompany her to Las Vegas. The official reason is that she is to meet with an eccentric benefactor for her aid agency in Sin City; the real reason is that the Corpus have sent her to deliver an agent's exit papers and equipment, in what is known in the clandestine world as a brush pass.
How does this take place? Read on to get an example.
As Rayne left the baggage claim area and walked to one end of the terminal, where the restrooms were located, she reached up and touched the scarf that pulled her hair back, a white silk Hermes with the bow tied above her right ear—her contact would wear hers with the bow over the left ear; given that production of those particular scarves had stopped a few years earlier, there wasn't much risk that someone else would wear the same thing and confuse the exchange.
She passed a wide-eyed young woman with an iPhone and a Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 satchel in her hands, exactly like the one Rayne carried; the woman also wore a white headscarf with the bow above the left ear—Rayne walked to a wide pillar and stopped, dropped the bag at her feet, and pulled out her cell phone.
The woman drew closer, waving her phone as if trying to catch a signal, and dropped her bag next to Rayne's as she asked, "Any luck getting a signal?"
Rayne glanced up when she heard the cue, and said, "Barely enough coverage to send a text message," to confirm the script.
"Just my luck," the woman sighed as she reached down, grabbed the Speedy, and left.
Rayne pocketed her phone, reached for the satchel at her feet, and with the handle firmly in her grip, moved to the restrooms—one glance at the bag, and she smiled in satisfaction when she saw that the padlock was silver, and not gold, as on the one she'd brought over from England; the brush pass had gone as planned....'
So, Rayne's mission is accomplished in Vegas. Or is it...? Knowing her, there's bound to be a hidden agenda behind this trip... What has she got planned? Grab your copy of Before The Morning (Corpus Brides: Book Two) and find out!
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Hope you're all having a lovely weekend & Sunday!
From Mauritius with love,