By Cody McFadyen
For FBI specified Agent Smoky Barrett, her colleague’s marriage ceremony is reason for social gathering. until eventually a lady staggers down the aisle—incoherent, donning just a white nightgown. A fingerprint payment determines that she’s been lacking for almost 8 years. Her coldly effective captor toyed together with her brain and physique, imprisoning her, depriving her of any touch with the skin global. As Smoky suits jointly the items of what continues to be of the victim’s fractured existence, a chilling photo emerges of a cerebral psychopath who doesn’t take homicide in my view, by no means makes a mistake, follows his personal sinister common sense, and has set the correct trap.
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I don’t really hold this against him. He exists on another playing field, answering to the president and the attorney general and the like. He keeps us funded. I imagine that requires a unique mind-set. I have no complaints about my own brief brushes with him. He’s been pretty straightforward, and he, too, seems results-oriented. He used to be a cop before joining the FBI and, like the AD, worked his way up the ranks. He has my grudging, if cautious, respect. “I’ll get right to the point, Smoky,” he says.
In the midst of my own mix of relief and self-hatred, I lean down and give her the truth I’d denied her earlier. “When your mom died, honey,” I whisper into her hair, “she wasn’t hating herself. She was loving you. ” I glance up at some point and see that Tommy is there. I wonder how much he saw. He watches for a little while longer, his gaze unfathomable, and then he gently closes the door, leaving us alone. Bonnie has wept herself to exhaustion. She’s in my lap, too big to fit comfortably but unwilling to let me go.
Her voice is grave. She means what she’s saying, maybe more than a thirteen-year-old should “mean” anything. “Your boss is right. You’re the best person for the job. If that’s true, then you have to take it. It’s your duty. ” I have no immediate response to this. Duty? She throws the word out with certainty and intensity. It’s another look into the direction her mind is growing, and it makes me wonder if agreeing to do this would be all wrong, after all. ” I check the clock. ” She collects her backpack and I walk her to the door.