…………….. I woke up and stretched, the drone of the engines was dying down.
“That’s what we call timing” Casper Chuckled I looked at him and then at Sam who was watching my every move.
“Hey” he smiled at me.
“Hi” I yawned, I suddenly recalled the conversation we’d had just after we’d taken off.
“Sleep well?” He got up and stretched himself, I nodded sunlight flooded the cabin as the door was opened. Dnate grabbed his things and walked down the plane and out of the door. I looked round as Casper followed him off. “Everything okay? Sam put his bag on his shoulder.
“I dropped my book…”
“We found it on the floor… it’s in your bag” He offered me his hand “ready to go?” I hesitated and looked at his hand and then at him, he swallowed hard and looked down “I’m sorry for snapping at you last night; I had a lot on my mind and well… I’m really sorry for taking it out on you” I nervously put my hand in his he linked his fingers with mine and led me off the plane. I blinked as we stepped out into the warm breeze clouds lightly dotted the blue skies. We walked across the tarmac to the waiting Black SUV.
“Welcome to Prague Miss Radlov” I jumped as Sam Squeezed my hand making me look round at the Man dressed in some sort of Police or military uniform. “here is your passport” I frowned as he handed it back to me “Business again Mr. Tasarov”
“Maybe some pleasure thrown in” Sam sounded so relaxed as he spoke keeping his hand tightly in mine. Casper walked round from the far side of the SUV and said something to the guy in Czech before pushing an envelope into his pocket of his uniform.
“Just Making sure Miss Radlov got a true Czech welcome Mr. Novak”
“Well My Father can make nice” Casper wasn’t the kind faced guy I’d gotten to know he had the face that like Sam and Dante could change in an instant to make you know they we’re not to be messed with “Take Tanya out for dinner and buy her something nice” Casper opened the door on the car “Tricia” Sam looked at me and just nodded before letting got of my hand I got in the car Dante was already in the back on his phone.
“Afternoon and Welcome to the Czech Republic” a familiar voice chuckled I looked up and the guy from the club that Lyra had hugged and called Mikal was behind the wheel.
“Our friend Petr there already did that crap” Casper groaned sliding into the front seat as Sam had walked round to the passenger side “I hated the whinny son of a bitch when we were in school he’s not changed now only we’re paying the fuck wit to stamp the passports”
“Casper needs must” Mikal sighed as we pulled away from the plane “And rather keep him and the others we have close and the upside is he knows you know where he lives and his wife as well”
“True” Casper nodded
“Have we found out anything else?” Sam asked
“No but things are getting a little dangerous my friend” Mikal looked at him through the mirror and then glanced at me “Milos was shot last night outside of the club”
‘What?” Dante moved forward
“Is he okay?’ Casper’s eyes seemed to have become almost black
“He’s fine a flesh wound that’ is all” Mikal shook his head “but someone is bad mouthing you Samuel and a lot of money has been put on your head”
“Fuck” Sam rubbed his hand over his face “and we have no idea who?’
“We have a few ideas” Mikal looked at me in the mirror again making me fidget in the seat and look down. Sam looked from me to Mikal
“We’ll leave this till we get to the house” Sam said quickly.
“Did the shipment come in?” Dante changed the subject
“No we re-routed it through Copenhagen Evie and Lyra are flying in with it” Mikal turned in to a drive way flanked by ten foot high walls and a huge iron gate. They swung open and he headed on up the tree linned drive way and into a courtyard. Casper got out and opened my door for me. Sam getting out the other side and coming round as the door to the house opened and a guy stepped out that made Casper look like a lightweight his arm in a sling. A stream of Czech came from Casper as he took the steps two at a time and hugged the man.
“That is Milos he’s one of Casper’s closet friends” Dante said quietly as he stood with Sam and I “He doesn’t’ speak a lot of English and he seems to appear when you least expect him to Lyra thinks he walks on air” Dante smirked “He gets shy round the girls so if he watches you but doesn’t say anything don’t worry about it” he handed Sam my bag and his own “Let’s go in out of this heat” Sam put his hand in the small of my back and steered me toward the house, Casper Turned and looked at us as Sam nodded his greeting to Milos.
“Milos you know Sam” Milos nodded “this is Sam’s girl Tricia, She’s friends with Lyra and Evie so you have her back right”
“Of course” he nodded at Casper “Protected like they are”
“Thanks for that” Sam smiled Milo’s didn’t crack his face just nodded
“There you are” Siman Novak was walking down a grand flight of stairs “Casper bring in our guests, it’s too warm to be standing in the courtyard. We all walked inside. Siman spoke in a tone to Milos that was more like a father telling off a naughty child making Casper nudge Milos and start laughing as Milos walked away down the hall
“The doctor told him to rest but he won’t” Casper explained “so my father just pulled the I’m the boss card”
“Tricia so nice to see you again” he lifted my hand and kissed it leaving me looking wide eyed
“Oh and my Dad also likes to be the chivalrous host” Casper rolled his eyes
“Casper” Siman wagged a finger at him
“Show Sam and Tricia to their room or rooms if they prefer” Siman smiled at me “Then we need to talk”
“Okay” Casper started up the stairs as Dante walked down the hall with Siman heads together on something.
“Doesn’t Dante need to go to his room?” I asked more thinking out loud then meaning to actually say it
“He’s good he knows where Evie’s room is he’s been more than once” Casper pushed open a door “Okay now I’m tired and I need so of the mud like coffee Mikal makes, so you can either both be in here or one of you can be in the room across the hall… and well See you down stairs” he hurried off leaving Sam na di in the hall.
“He’s worried isn’t he?” I looked at Sam
“Yeah, he is” Sam sighed “He doesn’t like Lyra and Evie being too far away from him and Dante and he’ll be like that till they walk through the door, now you can take this room” he walked inside and put my bag on the silver and gold comforter, “and we’ll talk about where you would like me when I’ve called the boss to tell him we’re here” He smiled at me before rubbing my arms and pressing a kiss to my forehead. “I’ll try not to be too long try taking a soak in the tub” he kissed my head again and walked out of the room………….