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Two Evils



Christina Moore






Published by Black Room Press


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Two Evils


Copyright 2013 by Christina Moore

Cover design Copyright 2013 Christina Moore


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This book is a work of fiction. All names, characters, places and events are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual places or businesses, is entirely coincidental.


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For my readers. I really hope you like the new lady hero I’ve created.









My deepest thanks to the following for the informative articles pertaining to CIA operations officers and access to the Pentagon: Former CIA officer Vaughn Sherman, for his article “How Accurate Are Bourne and Bond? Ask an Ex-CIA Officer”, which I read in the online newspaper The Huffington Post
; the official CIA website,
; t
he Pentagon Force Protection Agency website,
. Each of these has enabled me to add a greater sense of realism to the telling of this story.


Thanks to Google Maps for those incredible satellite photos, specifically of Virginia and Washington, D.C., and to the folks at Pearl Motor Yachts,
, for the deck plans and 3D tour option on their website.


Last but certainly not least, many thanks to the ladies and gentleman who performed beta reading services: Brent, Cat, Janet, and Ruby. Your thoughts helped make this book the adventure it is.





ne look and she knew trouble had just walked in.

Trouble with a capital T.

Billie smothered a groan, not that she could have heard herself given the noise level in the bar, and continued to fill drink orders as if nothing was wrong.

Sergei sidled up to her as she was mixing a cosmopolitan for a blonde in a bikini, who was tapping too-long acrylic nails on the bar’s lacquered counter. “What do you think, FBI? CIA? NSA maybe?” he said casually as he began to blend ice for another order.

“So you saw him too?” she countered, spinning effortlessly toward the blonde and passing the drink over, then heading toward the register to add the drink to the woman’s tab.

It was several minutes before she and Sergei—and Marty, the third person they had on staff—were blessed with a lull in the demand for alcohol. Billie stood next to her friend at the sink, washing glasses and handing them over to him to be dried.

“As if anyone could miss him with that shirt on,” the Russian said with a snort, his English perfect but still slightly accented. “It is atrocious, even for Flamingo Bay.”

Billie chuckled. The man she’d seen was wearing a ridiculously loud Hawaiian shirt, royal blue with bright green palm leaves and brown coconuts. Such attire was fairly common in Caribbean climates such as the Virgin Islands, so it wasn’t really the shirt that made him stand out. It was the way he carried himself, the way he had stopped just inside the door and checked out every visible inch of the bar before coming further inside.

It was the way his gaze had zeroed in on her, as if sizing her up rather than undressing her with his eyes as most of the male patrons of the Crabana had a tendency to do. In the latter instance, it took only a hard stare back for the men to realize she was not going to play their game. The blue-shirted fed had responded to her patented “not interested” expression by nodding his head once, smiling slightly, and then walking into the crowd as if he hadn’t a care in the world.

Silly boy
, she’d thought.
They don’t call me She-Devil for nothing

Billie sighed as Sergei asked her, “You want me to take him out back?”

She glanced up with one eyebrow raised. The Crabana was a tiki bar on the beach—they had no “out back”. The suggestion, she knew, was Sergei’s way of asking her if she wanted the suspected agent beaten up somewhere out of sight to discourage him from whatever he was here for.

She shook her head. “
. I think I can handle one little federal agent, Sergei.”

Sergei shrugged. “You’re the boss.”

Billie only grinned as he walked away to a cry for more beer at the end of the bar. A sidelong glance in the opposite direction told her that the subject of their conversation was chugging down the last of the beer Marty had gotten him. Perfect timing, she mused, for her to do a little fishing. Heading down to the corner stool he occupied, she slapped on a bright smile and said, “Can I get you another?”

The man, who appeared
to be early 30s and wore a short-cropped haircut with his bad shirt, flashed a smile as he set his empty Budweiser bottle on the counter. “Sure, why not?”

Billie moved to retrieve another cold brew from the cooler, popping the top off and setting it on a fresh paper coaster. “Here you go, stranger.”

He picked up the bottle and tipped it toward her. “Why do I have to be a stranger?” he asked casually before putting the bottle to his lips for a drink.

“Because I’ve never seen you in here before, that’s why,” she replied smoothly. “And given your horrible taste in shirts, I’d say this is your first tropical vacation.”

The man chuckled. “I’ve been further south than this,” he told her. “The shirt I blame on my buddy Rex, who said I couldn’t possibly stand out in the tropics with a Hawaiian shirt on. Remind me to kick his ass when I get home.”

“You should, because your buddy Rex lied to your face.”

She moved away then to take care of other customers, but she could feel the man’s eyes on her, watching her. Billie smiled and chatted with most everyone, serving mixed drinks, bottled beers, and wine coolers for several minutes, before eventually drifting back his way. Sergei passed her as she moved back and gave her a wink.

Crossing her arms on the edge, she leaned against the bar, pressing her breasts into her arms and purposely showing more cleavage over the scooped neck of her
tank top than was necessary, to see if his eyes wandered—which they did.
, she thought derisively, though outwardly she smiled and asked, “So what brings you to St. Thomas, stranger? Surely you’re not vacationing by yourself.”

“Call me Court. And I’m actually here on business. Not supposed to be meeting my associate until tomorrow, so I figured why not enjoy myself tonight?”

If he was here for her, then Court had come here not to enjoy himself but to check her out, getting a feel for her before he made his official approach.
Well, whatever the fuck he’s selling, I’m not buying
, she thought sourly. She’d washed her hands of that business a year ago.

“Court, eh? That’s an interesting name
. Mine’s Georgia, by the way,” Billie said, playing along. “Court” was either an alias or it was short for something. If the latter, then he was using a genuine nickname in order to appear as a friend, which he most definitely was not. She didn’t have any of those kinds of friends anymore. Either that, or he was new and had just made a classic rookie mistake, as no one in the spy game used their real name.

Except for James Bond.

“You’re not from one of those fancy-pants, old money families where boys are given girls’ names, are you? Because I gotta tell you, that would suck,” Billie said lightly.

Court took another swig of the beer and shook his head, smiling. “No, I am definitely not from one of those. My family is blue-collar all the way.”

Billie stood back, cocking a hip and placing a hand there while she left the other on the edge of the bar, tapping her fingers much as the bikini-clad blonde had done. “I like blue-collar over old money,” she said casually. “Means you know what hard work is.”

He nodded. “Tha
t I most definitely understand.”

“So what about this business meeting you have t
omorrow?” she asked, determined to find out what the hell it was that he wanted—whether it be her, Sergei, or someone else entirely. “Are you thinking it’s going to be hard work? Is that why you’re here trying to relax the night before?”

Court chuckled. “Something like that. I’ve heard that the person I’m meeting can be a hard case, and that it will take a lot of finesse to reach an agreement.”

Oh, that was smooth, Billie noted. His entire response was calculated to reveal only what he wanted her to know about his contact, which was really nothing at all. Being called a “hard case” could apply to just about anybody. There was nothing to indicate the gender of the person he was meeting or the specifics of the mission—though based on what he
said, one could reasonably surmise that he expected to have a hard time selling his point.

f indeed she was a part of whatever reason he was here, a hard time was what he was going to get. She had no intention of leaving Water Island. She was done, and the CIA knew it.

Off and on throughout the next few hours she would chat with Court, even flirt a little, to try and glean more information. Billie wasn’t able to get anything else out of him, which told her that he probably wasn’t a rookie after all—just an idiot. He either hadn’t read her file or had chosen to ignore the more salient points contained therein. Her own reputation as a hard case was well earned, after all, as was the nickname she had been branded with. He must also be wagering—
incorrectly—that she didn’t have any weapons concealed in the bar, because there were several.

He had yet to give her a reason to use one, but she wouldn’t hesitate if she felt threatened, whether he was an American federal agent or not. Th
ere was always the chance that he was from a foreign intelligence agency, but that, too, was neither here nor there.

As the night wore on, Court stayed on his corner bar stool, leaving only once—whether to find a bathroom or check in with his supervisor was anyone’s guess. When he stood to leave, he’d flashed a smile at Billie and asked her to hold his seat for him, saying only that he would be back in a few minutes.

Sergei asked her if she wanted him to tail the guy. Billie chuckled for the umpteenth time that night and shook her head. In spite of the unwelcome appearance of Court and her lack of knowledge as to why he was there, she was actually having fun. Although she had given up the spy game a year ago when Travis died, it was amusing to slip into that old skin again, even if only fractionally, and play along like she was oblivious as to who Court really was.

In truth, he’d piqued her curiosity
. She’d been left alone by the agency, as requested, for a year. No one had called. No one had tried to find her. And though she had hardly been hiding, she didn’t think anyone knew where she was. Instinct and training had told her even then that she wouldn’t be left alone forever, that eventually the past would come knocking on her door. But just because she didn’t want anything to do with Court or whatever case he was here to drag her into, didn’t mean she didn’t want to know what she was saying no to.


Court was still nursing his fifth Budweiser when the last of the customers were filing out. Marty and Sergei had already pulled the shutters down all around the bar, closing them off from the late-night breeze coming off of Flamingo Bay. Having suspected he might pull such a stunt, Billie had prepared ahead of time—she was just waiting for the opportunity to put her plan in motion.

Marty stepped behind the bar after closing the door behind an obviously drunk man wearing board shorts and nothing else and nodded toward Court, who was pretending not to pay them any attention.

“You want me to run him out?” Marty asked.

Billie glanced over her shoulder. “No, you go on home. Sergei and I will get rid of him.”

“All right then. See you tomorrow.”

Billie nodded and offered Marty a smile, then watched as he walked across the bar and out the door. Out of the corner of her eye she noted Court tracking Sergei’s movements behind him, though it was with a casual glance over his shoulder. She flung the damp towel with which she’d been drying glasses over her shoulder and turned toward him.

“It’s closing time, Court,” she said lightly, giving Sergei the pre-arranged signal. The Russian swung the butt of a pistol at the back of the other man’s head. Court had little time to react and slumped over the bar unconscious, spilling the last of his beer.

“He moved, so I didn’t hit him as hard as I normally would have,” said
Sergei as he shoved the Sig Sauer SP2022 in the waistband of his Bermuda shorts, then reached over to lift Court off his bar stool.

Billie walked around the bar as he was dragging him over to a chair, uncoiling the rope she’d pulled out from under the counter. “If you’d hit him as hard as you normally would, Sergei, he’d be dead and I wouldn’t learn anything.”

“This is true. But you know, it is easily as likely that he is here for me as it is that he is here for you,” he remarked as he searched Court’s pockets and pulled out a wallet, a set of keys, and a cell phone. He tossed all of it on the bar and then sat him in the chair, holding his arms behind the back of it.

Billie wrapped the rope around the unconscious man four times and then tied it tight. He wouldn’t be getting out of that unless she or Sergei let him out. She then turned for the bar and picked up the wallet,
opening it to find a Virginia driver’s license for Courtney, John A. His date of birth was given as September 15, 1984—making him nearly a year older than she was.

The picture on the license was that of the man slumped over in the chair. The credit card from American Express and the ATM card from F
irst National Bank of Virginia also bore the name John Courtney. If the name was an alias, he had covered his bases fairly well.

The seventy-eight dollars in cash she pocketed, then
she tossed the wallet back onto the bar and picked up his cell phone. Wisely, he had password protected it, so she was unable to access his contact list.

“Find anything interesting?” Sergei asked.

Billie glanced at where he now sat adjacent to their prisoner, a hand near his gun should he need to use it. “According to the plastic, his name’s John Courtney. No indication as to whether it’s genuine or created—I’d need to examine it all further to make that determination. Phone’s password protected.”

“I can crack that with my equipment, no problem,” her friend said.

She chuckled. “No doubt you could,
moy druk
. But as your toys are back at your place, let’s try cracking him first.”

Sergei chuckled his “evil” laugh, and his accent deepened as he replied, “With pleasure,” while cracking his knuckles.

Billie laughed as she slid off the stool she’d perched on and walked behind the bar. She grabbed a pitcher and filled it with ice-cold water, then walked back around the counter and moved to stand in front of the man who’d introduced himself as Court. She tossed the water directly at his face and stood back as he came to, sputtering and yelling obscenities.

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