Trap and Trace
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Thriller
A sabotaged CIA operation makes Navy Trent a captive. But surviving the kidnapping is just the beginning of her ordeal. The CIA will kill her if she doesn’t stay quiet. The saboteurs will kill her if she does. Navy is forced into a high-tech, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse where only her wits – and a little bit of luck – can keep her alive.
Jackson waited until exactly 10:01 p.m. EST, 9:01 p.m. CST, to dial the number at Mark’s gym. Navy would have just left.
Mark answered with a grunt. “Been waiting by the phone?” he asked.
“How is she?” Jackson asked.
“Bruised and scared and recovering.”
Jackson nodded, pushing crumbs from his sandwich around the counter.
“I assume you called for a reason,” Mark said. He finished the sentence with a yawn.
“I need to track down whoever ordered her attack,” Jackson said. “What did she tell you?”
“Less than you told me.”
Jackson sighed. Without Navy’s cooperation, finding her attacker would be difficult.
“Not that she’d tell me if she did, but I don’t think she knows any more,” Mark said.
“I need another favor. But you’ll have to be quiet about it.”
“The person who attacked her must have followed her to pick out when she’d be vulnerable. He knew the cameras on the office building didn’t cover the whole parking lot. But he might have appeared on surveillance video somewhere along the way.”
“I suppose I could dig out an old uniform and lie my way into a few offices,” Mark said. “Who should I be looking for?”
“I’ll send you some pictures in a few days.”
“You have a list of usual suspects already?”
“I can get a list of people in the area who do that sort of work for the agency and find out who was on assignment the night Navy was attacked,” Jackson said.
Mark’s sharp intake of breath hissed on the line. “So it’s like that.”
“Yeah, it’s like that.” Jackson unclenched his jaw. “But if word gets back here about what you’re doing—”
“I’ll keep an eye on her, Jackson,” Mark promised.
Jackson didn’t feel much better after he hung up the phone. It was Amsterdam all over again. What little help he could offer was likely to be too little too late. Except this time it wasn’t just a civilian’s life at risk. It was the life of a woman whom, under difference circumstances, he might have dared to love.
Megan Carney is an author, geek and amateur photographer living in the Twin Cities. She has ten years of experience in the field of computer security. Her previous short story publications include: ‘Flighty Youth’ in the Raritan, ‘Modern Mayhem’ in the Wayfarer, ‘Swing By Close’ in the Wayfarer, ‘Directions’ in the Bell Tower. ‘Swing By Close’ and ‘Directions’ both won first prize in the fiction sections of that issue. The Christian Science Monitor dubbed her self-published photography book, ‘Signs of My Cities’ as having “youthful zest.”
Her non-literary creations include: a robot to clean the bathroom tub, Zim and Gir costumes, No-Dig tomato stakes, StickFriend the bear bag hanger, and a burning coal costume so she could be Katniss for a night.
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