by Ashley Dawn
“…It is the price you pay for choosing to be a cop. Your brother’s life…”
Those words haunt her dreams, and her waking moments. LAPD officer, Aurora Kavvan cannot rest until she finds her brothers killer. Digging into the past always brings back unpleasant things: memories, guilt…the hit man. Now she is in a race against time to find the murderer before he finds her.
“Kill her. I don’t care how, and I don’t care where, but I want her dead now!”
Someone was trying to kill his dead partner’s sister. FBI agent, Jordan Reiley will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves. Even if it means going against her wishes; putting himself between her and the man who murdered her brother.
Will God keep them alive long enough for them to find the truth?Aurora stood there—frozen in fear. A man had her gun pointed directly at her brother, Lance. Time stood still. “Please, just let us go.” Her voice shook slightly. Not enough to convey how truly terrified she was. She was trying not to anger the man, but getting more worried as each moment passed. Aurora was praying with all her heart. He was just a crook, this was a random robbery, but she knew that wasn’t the case. The attack was too well planned and executed. The man stood in the shadows…silently watching them. His silence was unnerving—terrifying!
“Who are you?” Lance’s voice was tight with worry. The man had been silent the whole time. No demands. No requests. Nothing. Only silence.
Aurora’s thoughts ran wild. Who was this man? Did this have anything to do with her undercover operation? Why involve Lance? He should have made some kind of demands by now shouldn’t he? She felt frantic. She just had to know the answers to her questions. It could mean the difference between life and death…hers and her brother’s.
This man obviously wanted something, and she silently prayed it wasn’t their lives. She didn’t want either of them to be killed, but if one of them died tonight, she hoped it was her. Aurora didn’t think she could bear life without Lance. He was the only family she had left in the world…the only person who completely understood her.
“Please, let him go. He knows nothing.” She decided to try the route that would answer some of her questions. Lance, obviously startled by her words looked at her strangely. She couldn’t explain to him now, she had to try and save his life.
“You should have thought about your family before you became a cop, Miss Kavvan.” The shadowy figure finally spoke, but his voice was only a frozen, harsh whisper. Even at a whisper, the voice sounded oddly familiar to Aurora’s ears, yet she just couldn’t place it. Her mind was reeling. Whoever this man was, he knew she was a cop! No one around here should know that. She was undercover.
The man had almost knocked her out when he’d hit her on the back of the head, and now the pain was beginning to make her lose focus. She couldn’t think clearly. Couldn’t concentrate. All Aurora could think, “This is all my fault!”
“What’s this about?” Lance’s voice sounded almost foreign to Aurora. It was a tone she’d seldom heard. In fact, it was a voice she’d only heard once before in her life…the night their parents were killed. Lance was scared. But Lance doesn’t get scared! His work was more dangerous than hers. She was the one who worried if she would ever see her brother alive again whenever he got a page and went on another assignment! He couldn’t be scared. He was Lance—her big brother—her protector.
Aurora knew Lance wasn’t scared for himself; he was worried about her. He was terrified he couldn’t protect her. He had always been able to protect her. She loved him for being so protective, and right now they were both still alive. That is the way it had to stay. She reached over and slid her hand into Lance’s. He gave her trembling fingers a gentle, reassuring squeeze.
“Well, you are going to die, and your sister is going to watch. It’s that simple.” The words were said in such an evil and emotionless voice that Aurora’s blood turned to ice in her veins. This man was serious. She was right he had planned this! He was using Lance, her brother, as an example for her. A warning, she thought bitterly. He couldn’t kill Lance! He’d said this was because she was a cop. It had nothing to do with Lance. Aurora fought through her hysterical thoughts and concentrated on what the man was saying to her.
“Now, say goodbye to your brother, Aurora, and know that he was killed because of you and with your gun. It is the price you pay for choosing to be a cop. Your brother’s life…,” with that he raised the gun. She heard a shot and watched Lance crumple to the ground at her feet, his hand sliding from hers.
“Aurora, wake up!”