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   Chapter 32 31. It's complicated

Agent 1 (Book 3) By Quidam13 Characters: 13829

Updated: 2018-10-29 10:54

Thirteen's POV

I have to walk over Jason to get into the house.

Devin's standing over him with a smug look on his face while Jason lets out a groan from his unexpected impact with the floor.

"Glad it's not me this time, " Zack mutters under his breath as he passes me and walks off into the house.

Jason lets out a string of curses as he pulls himself to his feet and then glares at Devin. "Really?"

Devin gives him a devilish smile. Jason lets out more curses.

"And to think, I actually missed you, " Jason says as he glares at Devin.

Devin gets a look on his face I don't understand before he smiles devilishly once again. "That's how you know you hit your head, " He states.

Next thing you know, Jason's charging after Devin who's running through the house cackling. . . until he starts screaming as Jason starts catching up.

"I did not miss this, " Chase says as he shakes his head in resignation and walks off towards the kitchen. Lily runs in the direction of Devin's screams, phone in hand ready to record the whole thing.

I check my phone again, waiting to see if Zero's returned any of my calls or messages. Nothing. Not surprising.

Really though, he should know that if he doesn't answer my calls I'll just show up at the agency. So, for his sake, he better return my calls.

I hear a crash from upstairs and I wince. I hope they're not breaking anything. Though I know that's a little much to hope for. I can still hear Devin's screaming – which probably means Jason hasn't caught up with him yet – and for the moment the house just seems too loud, too big. So, I slip my phone back into my pocket and walk back out the front door and into the night air. I take a seat on the steps leading up to the front door.

I'm not sitting out here too long before the front door opens behind me and someone steps out. I don't bother turning around to check who it is. His foot steps are silent, and I know if he didn't want me to know he was behind me, I'd never know. He'd never make a sound. He doesn't make a move to come any closer and just stands in front of the door behind me.

I still don't turn to look at him. "You going to take a seat?" I question, and for a moment I believe he's got his hearing aids switched off when he doesn't move or make any reply back to me.

Finally, I hear his soft footsteps and see his figure as he takes a seat on the steps next to me.

"I didn't think Jason remembered I'd trained with him, " Sam says softly.

I turn to look at him. "He hadn't seen you until now. He recognized you, " I reply.

"Yeah, " His tone is off. Kind of like he's thinking of something else. "Did you like your brother?" He finally asks.

I look at him curiously. "Yes. We were very close." I frown. "Unlike me and Lydia. Why do you ask?"

He shrugs. "I never thought to ask before. I never cared then."

"And you care now?"

"I don't know. Maybe. I was thinking about that time you gave me a concussion in the hospital wing of the agency."

I smile. "And that didn't answer your question to begin with? The only reason you got that concussion was because of what you were saying about my brother."

He laughs lightly. "Yeah well, I didn't like JD. And after that concussion I didn't like you."

I laugh. "Well, I didn't really like you all that much either, " I tell him.

"And now?" He questions.

I don't look at him. "I might be coming around, " I reply with a smile.

He says nothing and neither do I. The silence between us isn't awkward or uncomfortable, it's nice. I look over at him and notice he's deep in thought, about what, I don't know.

I'm the one to break the silence. "What are you going to do?"

He turns his head to look at me. "What?" He asks.

"You're free to get out of this mess, " I say. "And I know you wanted to quit the agency. So, what are you going to do?"

He looks up at the stars. "Quitting sounds nice, but I don't know if I could handle being anything other than an agent. But I know I can't stay with the agency. Not after all the shit Zero's pulled. I won't be anyone's pawn anymore."

I nod. "I figured as much. And


"Yes, I am. You're not going, " I tell her.

Lily holds up her hand. "As far as anyone knows, Sam is still on Garrett's side. It'll be nothing for him to walk in, get what he needs and walk out. I don't have to go in with him, but I can wait outside and make sure everything goes smoothly. If it doesn't I can call you and we can figure out what we're going to do from there."

I look at her. "Just how long have you been standing there?"

"Long enough to find out that those daggers are still causing problems. I told you years ago you should have destroyed them."

I shake my head. "I couldn't do that."

"I know, but you should have. Bad enough what I gathered from your conversation that Garrett already has one. He doesn't need to have a second one." She turns her attention to same. "Which one did you leave there?"

"The gold one, " Sam replies.

Lily nods. "And Garrett has which one?"

"The black one."

"And I know where the silver one is, " Lily says as she looks at me. "So that leaves two uncounted for. Where are they?"

"Safe, " I tell her. "And they're going to stay that way. I'm the only one who knows the location of the copper one, and I have someone else watching the red one."

Lily nods thoughtfully. "Well you and I both know Sam has to go get the gold one, " She pauses. "Does Garrett know what those daggers unlock? I never knew whether or not you told him all those years ago."

"I told him. I shouldn't have, but I trusted him, " I whisper.

"And who else knows?"

"Lydia suspects but doesn't know for sure. Sam knows, Garrett knows, you and me and. . ." I trail off.

"And who?"

I shake my head. Oh, what the hell. "Hayden."

"Hayden? Cody's older brother?" Lily crinkles her nose. "Why him?"

"It's complicated, " Sam speaks up.

"And I promised not to get Cody involved in any of this. That's why I never mentioned anything to Delta 2, " I tell her.

"That's not the only reason, " She says, looking me in the eye. "You still don't want to tell the truth about what happened all those years ago."

I shake my head. "That's the one thing they never have to know."

Lily nods and turns to Sam. "How soon do you want to head out?"

"Immediately, " Sam replies.

"What? No, " I interrupt. "Lily's not going."

Sam shakes his head. "She's right and you know it. If something goes wrong someone has to be able to get word out. And you're more recognizable than she is."

I look at Lily's bright orange hair and shining spiked heels.

Sam grimaces. "That was the wrong way of trying to explain it. But you get what I mean."

"We'll be back before you know it, " Lily says and then the devilish mischief lights up her eyes once again. "Besides, I still have break in Jason."

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