Mission Made For Two

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Mission Made For Two

By: C.R. Hill

 

 

 

Contents

Chapter One
             
3

Chapter Two
             
9

Chapter Three
             
19

Chapter Four
             
31

Chapter Five
             
40

Chapter Six
             
50

Chapter Seven
             
60

Chapter Eight
             
70

Chapter Nine
             
81

Chapter Ten
             
91

Chapter Eleven
             
100

Chapter Twelve
             
109

Chapter Thirteen
             
122

Chapter Fourteen
             
133

Chapter Fifteen
             
142

Chapter Sixteen
             
152

Chapter Seventeen
             
161

Chapter Eighteen
             
171

Chapter Nineteen
             
180

Chapter Twenty
             
189

Chapter Twenty-One
             
202

Epilogue
             
206

Chapter One

Jake
Harding
watched through his
binoculars
as the hot August sun beat down on his neck
.
He
ignored the sweat soaking his shirt a
s
Sierra
Thayer
and Daniel
Matheson
climb
ed
out of their
black
SUV.

Sierra’s
graceful movements as she walked across the parking lot tightened his gut. 
Three months had gone by s
ince s
he’
d barged into a
warehouse
in South America and dragged his sorry butt out.
He’d been in bad shape
from beatings, starvation and dehydration and probably wouldn’t have lasted much longer.  Sierra h
ad not only saved him
, but she’d taken a couple of bullets in the process, minor flesh wounds, but still she’d risked a lot to get him out.
  

At night when he closed his eyes, he could feel the heat from her hands as she’d gently stroked his face, then down across his chest to check for injuries.  He’d been half-dead and yet the strong pull of lust had still sprang to life inside his body. 

She’d
dragged him thr
ough the jungle,
even though
he’
d outweighed her by seventy pounds
.  She was
tough
, brash and sexy as hell. 
Which was t
he main reason he’d steered clear of her for the three years he’d worked at USOI
.(
United States Operations in Intelligence)

He still couldn’t believe of all the agents that his boss and friend, Trent Browning, had sent to bring him home, he’d pic
ked her
.
  Of course, it wasn’t just Sierra he steered clear of. He pretty much steered clear of all of the other agents. He worked alone.  It was
the deal he’d made with Trent when he’d come to work and it made life a whole lot simpler.
 

Except now, he wa
s here in Miami, providing back-
up. 
Back-up that Sierra and her partner didn’t even know about.
  All because someone inside their organization had sold him out. 

His cover had been blown, and Trent had no idea how.  But despite that, D
ominic D
iaz needed to go down. 

Trent had sent Sierra and Daniel to Florida to pose
as a couple
desperately wanting a child and willing to pay most anything for one. 
Trent had cal
led Jake
to
let him know where the meet was, so he’d gotten here well ahead to set up.
  With the possibil
ity that someone inside the USOI
organization was selling out agents,
he didn’t trust anyone else to watch Sierra’s back. 

He owed her for saving him
and if nothing else, he was a man who paid his debts.

He
’d
hardly recognized her
when he’d fi
rst seen her in her disguise a few weeks
ago
.  Her
normally long, soot black
hair was
hidden beneath a
deep auburn
colored wig
, very sophisticated looking
,
and
she
had to have on a padded body suit.  She was at least two sizes bigger than normal.
She
was
wearing a mouth piece
too, because her face was fuller
. She was still quite attractive, but he preferred her dark hair and athletic frame
that seemed to go with her sassy attitude
.

Jake
wished Trent had s
ent another female agent
besides Sierra
, but Trent
said she
was the best.
Plus, he trusted her.

W
atching Sierra and Daniel meet with Michael
Toraz
,
Diaz’s right hand man, made Jake
nervous.  Having Sierra in the line of fire fueled something inside of him he’d rather not feel.  He barely knew her, yet for three months now, she’d filled his thoughts.
 

He sighed. 
For
a month
, he’d been tailing her and D
aniel, keeping an eye on things, still worried about the possible leak. 

He squinted through the binoculars. 
Toraz
j
ust got a phone call.  Not good
.  Every muscle in his body tensed and his hand went
to the rifle lying on the ground
beside him. 

Toraz
hung up,
turned back to Sierra and Daniel
and said something
.  They nodded, said something else and then turned to leave.  He relaxed marginally.
The meeting was done.  Now they had to wait and see if
Toraz
followed through.

That was always the tough part. 
The waiting.
One thing for sure, Jake would be keeping a close eye on things.

~***~

Anger simmered in Sierra’s veins at what
Dominic
Diaz was doing.
  The man they’d met had given her a picture of a brown-eyed little girl, no more than two
years old
. That was the girl they were supposedly buying. 
Some parent’s somewhere could be missing that little girl
.  She could have been snatched right out of her bed. 

Of course, just as many of
the stolen chi
ldren were taken or bought from orphanages

Then
sold for a profit.
  Some sold to people like she and
Daniel pretended to be
, which
wasn’t such a horrible trade
off.  Get out of the orphanage and into a family
.

Others
,
though
,
used them for unspeakable things. 
Slaves, child pornography, or just abuse.
The thoughts sickened her. She’d seen her share of slime balls as she’d made
her way throu
gh foster care from the age of three
until she was finally free at eighteen
.  That life was the main reason she’d learned to defend herself.
Self-preservation had turned into a job and now she was
more than prepared to take down
Diaz. 

She and Daniel didn’t talk until they were inside
their SUV
.
Once they were seated with the air on full blast, Sierra turned to him.  “Do you think if we take this guy down, he’ll roll over on Diaz?”

Daniel’s mouth thinned.  He put the
vehicle in gear and pulled out. 
“When the shit starts
hitting
the fan, guys like him look out for number one.”

Sierra agreed.  She looked at the picture she
still held of the little girl.
  “I can’t believe how angry it makes me to think of these children being sold like pieces of property.”

Daniel glanced at her and nodded.  “We’re going to end this.” 

Sierra looked
in
stinctively in the side mir
ror.  N
o one tailed them.
  She still couldn’t shake the uneasy feeling the phone call their contact had
received
gave
her.
She’d watched him closely, but he hadn’t revealed anything by his expression.  It was mostly the fact that Jake had been sold out that had her so jumpy.

And Jake.
Where the heck was he? 
She’d gotten him back to the states, seen him safely ensconced in the small
medical facility that took care of them and then he’d vanished. 
Every time she asked Trent about him, he just said Jake was fine. 

She could still see him lying on that grungy floor in South America
, his dark hair was long and shaggy, the sharp angles of his face covered with a ratty beard, but
his  blue
eyes had been as intense as ever
.
Even beaten down the man
radiated power and
determination.
She’d known he was barely strong enough to stand, yet he’d made it the two miles they had to trek to get to their waiting chopper. 

Too bad he was such a lone wolf.  He’d probably be a lot of fun to work with, but to Sierra’s knowledge he hadn’t worked with any of the other agents since coming on aboard three years ago.

S
he couldn’t help bei
ng curious about his whereabouts and condition
.
  He’d been in bad shape the last time she’d seen him. 
He intrigued her
.
And she
had
risked her life to bring him home.

For now though, she and Daniel needed to finish the mission that Jake had started. 
She blew out a breath and watched the passing scenery as Daniel took them back to their condo.

They made it back to their mak
eshift home without incident
,
and Sierra relaxed marginally.  They would wait to be contacted again,
then
they’d go after Diaz’s organization. 

“What do
ya
say
you whip us up something for lunch,” Daniel said with a grin
as they climbed from the vehicle
.  He loved to tease her about her inability to cook.
S
omething he’d discovered the second time they’d worked a case together and had posed as a married couple then
,
too. 

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