Jasmine woke up as a bright piercing light shone through a circular window. She got up and her head hurt and she felt nauseous and looked to her surroundings. In front of her was a large hill and dozens of white anchored yachts. Jasmine knew where she was and was in Monte Carlo and recalled her mum taking her here years earlier on a summer holiday.
Her cabin was twelve foot by eight foot squared with a six foot bed, table and a small TV. The walls where white washed and there was a black marbled sink and it was on the far corner by the door.
The door was locked and she pulled it with all her might and she could not get out.
In the room above Levette Golason, a politician in his late seventies sat at the head of a large conference room with twenty other people. They were the key players of the Brethren and consisted of influential politicians and businessman.
Levette, the leader of the Brethren, bit down with his yellow teeth on his cigar "We have stopped our enemies."
Everyone nodded in approval.
In the far distance of the conference room a middle aged Greek ex politician, John Smith responded in caution "We must still be careful. Our enemy may have lost but we shouldn't be to willing to celebrate victory."
Levettes jubilant mood wasn't dented and he looked to the lone voice "I hear your concern. The enemy is alone, two were killed, one was captured and another two got away from Dukes Hall. We have dealt harshly with our enemies at Dukes Hall, on the river banks of Southampton and in the streets of Paris. We have further quashed such rebels all across Italy and Spain."
The meeting broke up after a further twenty minutes discussing strategy and finances. People disembarked off the ship and into waiting cars.
Levette remained on the yacht, Excelsior, and she was soon sailing away from Monaco.
Jasmine saw this and wondered how she was going to get off. There was a knock on the door and Tyson walked in.
Jasmine was not pleased to see him "What do you want?"
Tyson folded his arms and remained stone faced "The boss would like to see you."
Jasmine was escorted three decks above to a large lounge that was painted in white and the room had a large expansive window that looked onto Monaco in the distance. She sat down and saw a man in his late seventies dressed in white.
Levettes dark brown eyes locked onto Jasmine. For a moment neither said anything and they just looked at each other.
Levette got up and closed the door "Ms Rosinni. It is good to see you again."
Jasmine shook her head "Have we met before?"
Levette nodded "Many years ago. When you where four I came to your uncles house in Lyon to talk with your uncle."
Jasmine scanned her brain and remembered Levette "Yes I remember you."
Levette shrugged his shoulders "It is a pity you have got caught up all in this. Your uncles death was unfortunate."
Jasmine tried to remain calm but couldn't keep quiet her loathing of him "Unfortunate?"
Levette smiled "Unfortunate is the wrong thing to say. Your uncles death is a loss to us all. I have no desire to see another member of the Rosinni family hurt."
Jasmine tried to play him "If that's true than let me go."
Levette offered her a red wine but Jasmine refused "I wish it was that simple. We scoured the wreckage of Dukes Hall. Paul wasn't amongst the ruins. One of our people saw him leaving in a car."
Jasmine was relieved that Paul was still alive "What's that got to do with me?"
Levette raised his glass in defiance "Nothing. But I know your eager to see him again. You two together are a threat. A threat to this group."
Jasmine tried to defend Paul "Paul's just a journalist. What can he possibly do?"
Levette smiled coyly "Nice try. He maybe a journalist but with you in the picture he has access to Timothy and to us. I would like to make you an offer."
Jasmine was repulsed but said nothing "What offer?"
Levette sat down and he said "We know of your promotion in Paris to inspector. We have a lot of people in Paris. Your position would give us protection and an opportunity for riches."
Jasmine was defiant "Thanks but no."
Levette was angered but he got up "You can't imagine the wealth. The access to knowledge and money. You would have access to people in your government. A word here and their could make you rise further."
Jasmine continued to be defiant "Again, no."
Levette walked with Jasmine and looked to Tyson "Take her back to her cabin. Ms Rosinni please consider my offer."
Jasmine said nothing and was escorted to her cabin. The idea of helping the Brethren made her angry and she would not help them in any way.