Kate walked down the well-lit corrider, the clicking of her heeled boots echoing off the walls. Secretaries and men in suits (even a few agents with guns) scurried out of her way as she passed, giving her nervous looks. Agent Lancing didn't even notice them. She was used to people being afraid of her. There were rumors flying everywhere about where she was from and what terrible things had happened to her to make her so anti-social and so deadly. Of course, none of them were true. Little was actually known about Kate Lancing and she liked to keep it like that. She even found that the rumors helped her reputation and kept people away from her.
Turning the corner, Kate almost ran into a small blonde holding a pair of handcuffs.
"Little early for arrests isn't it?" Kate asked, continuing on her way, the blonde at her heels.
The blonde laughed. "Trish left them in conference 324. I was just taking them to equipment before she gets fined for losing them."
Kate rolled her eyes. "You should just let her take the heat for her carelessness. If she learned to pay attention to detail she would..."
"..be assigned to more cases," the blonde finished for her. "Yes, I know. Anyway, I heard you got Ridilini."
"Confidential information moves fast around here."
"Yeah well, the agency has been trailing him for months. He's very elusive, very smart, and...very cute, as I've heard it," she said with a sly smile.
Agent Lancing smirked. "Should be fun," she said sarcastically. Without breaking a step, Kate turned into her office. It was a large, private room, complete with a small kitchen, a small conference table and her own personal gun case. Tapping in the lock code on the LCD screen, Kate continued her converstation with the girl who she knew was standing in the doorway. "You know i don't go out there looking for men. They are criminals. It wouldn't matter anyway. They all end up in prison."
"Don't you mean dead?" the blonde said, chuckling.
Kate placed her gun in the cabinet. "I rest my case."
"Yes, I know, but you could always fall for one of their bodyguards or someone like that. Someone who could take you in a gunfight."
"All guilty by association," Kate said, "and it's very unlikely anyone can handle me in a gunfight."
"Is there something you wanted, Cris?" Kate asked, tiring of the converstation. She eyed the girl in front of her. Her name was Cris Fessina. She was short, cute, and funny...not your normal "gunslinger" type. More then that though, Kate knew her to be happily married to a dentist. Cris trusted men, or at least, her man. She was sweet and talkative. Kate could not figure out what she was doing with Operation Lovesick, except when she saw her on a case. Her beauty and charms worked so well on men, that Kate had, at times, did not believe that Cris would be able to turn the guy in. And then Kate saw her action. Cris handled a weapon like she handled her hair, with care and precision. She was an excellent shot. Cris, however, was far more inclined to arrest then shoot her target, which, of course, the Agency liked. Though not as successful as Kate, Cris was working her way up fast and was improving with every case. Kate hated to admit it, but she kind of liked Cris Fessina, or at least, tolerated her.
"Nope," Cris said happily, breaking Kate from her thoughts. "Oh! Well, actually, there was one thing. I wanted to warn you. Headquarters is on their way down. According to captain's stress level and his personal displeasure with you shooting your last target, I would assume they are coming to talk to you...again. Better be up and out before they get here."
Kate rolled her eyes. "Will do. Thanks Cris. I'll do security and equipment early and then get a head start to the airport. Hanson can handle headquarters for me."
Cris snorted. "Captain Hanson will not be pleased."
"Is he ever?" Kate replied indifferently, grabbing three guns from her case and then locking it. "I'm heading to security. I'll see you later."
"Good luck," Cris replied.
"Like I need it," Kate said, only half-joking.
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