I sat up in bed. Some jazz music was playing from the small radio/alarm clock on the night stand. I turned it off. I looked over to the side and saw Joey sleeping. His jet black hair was cut right up to his ear lobes.

I grimaced. Joey Black.

Not exactly the guy you'd want to get involved with. He did some very bad things illegal and probably had betrayed many people including this country.

He had tattoo of a snake going down from the right end of his collarbone. He opened his eyes and looked up at me groggily. He smiled,"Get me a drink gorgeous," he said. I got up and walked to the kitchen and got a bottle of tequila. I served him some and some for me too. I contemplated putting a sleeping pill in his drink but I decided against it. I didn't want him dying or anything. Could that kill him? I don't know.

"Thanks." he said as I handed him the tequila. He sat up. He took a drink. I did too.

I was basically Joey's slave. He gave me a place to live, college money, food to eat . He gave me a life.

I gave him a date to parties, sex, and I helped to "persuade" some men he was making deals with to oblige to him.

He got up and got dressed. " Oh, Zoe I have a new uh,- client for you to persuade," he smiled devilishly. I groaned and took a sip. Client. Psh yeah right. He got fully dressed. He took out a file of papers. He tossed them on the bed as i took another sip. I opened the file. I saw the picture and the name. I practically choked on my drink.

It was a picture of his new target, "Lieutenant Shane Wolfe" I closed my eyes and groaned. "Is there a problem?" he asked. "No, of course not," I said.

"Good. Lieutenant Shane Wolfe has some friends that work at Tomlinson Bail Bonds. He stops by there for lunch." "So what am I supposed to do about that?" I asked rudely.

"You are going to sit out there in your car and wait til you see him. Follow him to the restaurant he decides to eat at and get his attention,"

"Can I skip this one?" I asked.

"No I need you for this one." he said.

"Why?" I asked. "I have my reasons," he said with a smile.

"I can't," I said softly.

"Come again?" he said.

"I can't do this one," I said.

"Why?" he said.

"I have my reasons," I quoted him.

He chuckled dryly,"Cute. Now go." he said seriously.

"Fine," I said.

I grabbed the keys for my truck. "Thanks babe. I promise you'll get a reward for this one," he smiled and pulled me closer. He kissed me. I walked down the stairs.

I didn't know if I wanted to see Shane. I mean I haven't seen him since I was in high school. I sat at the wheel of my car. I drove to Tomlinson Bail Bonds. I parked across the street and waited. I watched and waited. I got bored so I took out my handbag and did my makeup. I sat and waited for another half hour. I hate surveillance. It takes forever. I suddenly saw a red truck pull up to the parking lot.

The guy driving looked like Shane. Just as the Hallelujah choruses were about to begin I looked closer and it wasn't him. I sighed and checked the clock. 12:00. I looked up and saw a silver sports car pull in. Shane stepped out. I smiled to myself. He was wearing his signature white v-neck t -shirt and cargo pants. I rested my head on the steering wheel. I sighed and realized I couldn't stop smiling.

He looked like he hadn't aged at all. He still had the bald head and the same build. I sighed.

He walked out with a group of friends a couple got in his car and another few went in the red truck. They pulled out of the parking lot and I followed. They drove a few miles and got to Rizzo's Italian food. I parked across the street from it.

I got off the car. I walked into Rizzo's and looked around for the guys. I saw them seated in the far back corner. They were sitting in a booth.

I went and sat in front of them by myself so I was sure Shane would see me. I sat down and pretended to look at a menu. Out my peripheral vision I watched Shane. I saw him laughing with his friends. Then I think, he caught sight of me. He stopped laughing. He looked at me harder.

I guess he was trying to decide whether or not he should come talk to me in case he had mistaken me for someone else. He finally made up his mind and came up to me. I could feel my stomach getting butterflies.

He cleared his throat,"Er-- Zoe? Zoe Plummer," he asked. I looked up and looked into his chocolate brown eyes. I smiled,"Shane?" I asked in a surprised tone.

"Zoe," he said in his extremely deep voice. I smiled,"Hi I haven't seen you, in a while,"I said. He laughed,"Ya I know," he said. He looked back at his friends.

"You here with your friends?" I asked.

"Yeah, just came to get lunch with them." he said.

"Would you like to hang out some time?" I asked pulling out my most manipulative look.

It was a mixture of puppy dog face/sexy eyes/ a smile that said you know you want to.

He smiled,"Yeah I would. Listen how about you come over to my place after lunch?" he asked. I nodded with a smile.

He walked back over with his friends. I smiled.

We finished eating at the same time. I got up. "Do you want a ride?" he asked. "Um no I'll just follow you. I have a car," I smiled.

He smiled shyly," Okay," he said. He dropped the guys off at the Bail Bonds place. He drove a few miles and I followed. We got to this two story house. He pulled up to the driveway. So did I.

I got out of the car. It was a pretty big house. "I missed talking to you," I said. "Sorry we lost touch," he said, "Hey do you want something to drink?" he asked. "Um ya can I just have water," I asked. He went and came back with bottled water. I smiled, "Thank you."

"So what have you been up to?" I asked.

"Just Navy stuff," he said slyly.

"Mmm thats right, you can't tell me," I teased. He chuckled. ''How bout you?'' he asked. ''Um.. I'm going to college, I'm majoring in psychology."

"oh that's nice," he said. There was an awkward silence. I didn't know what to talk about. I hadn't given it much thought.

I sighed and decided to ask him out subtly,"So do you ever go out that much?" I asked. "Mostly just for my job. I might actually be leaving in about a few months." "How many months?" I asked. "I don't know," he replied.

"Can we still email?" I asked. "Of course. Again I'm really sorry about that." "Do you still eat that Navy food?" I asked. "Yes, sometimes. I dont know how to cook!" he laughed.

"Well I do," I said.

"Well, you should teach me," he said.

"I should," I said with a smile.

"So how are your brothers and Lulu?" he asked.

"Um... I don't know I haven't seen them in a few months but last I heard, Seth was in Julliard, Lulu is now 12 years old, Tyler is 5 now and potty trained Thank God! and Peter is 9 now." I said.

"Zoe?" he asked.

"What?" I asked.

"You do realize that for the most part you just gave me their ages, right? I mean I could have told you that. You haven't talked to them in a while?" he asked.

I sighed, "No I haven't," I said softly.

"Why?" he asked.

"I- I'll tell you some other time," I said.

"So there'll be another time?" he asked.

"if you want," I said with a smile.

"Good. You can teach me how to cook."

I laughed. How about on Friday I'll come over?" I asked.

"Yeah. I'm looking forward to it," he said.

"Great," I said.

I felt so guilty for doing this I was lying to him. Well not lying just not telling the truth. Oh God!! what am I supposed to do?!!! Joey had me here to help him hurt Shane. He never said so but I knew it . I didn't want Shane to get hurt .

but if I told Shane, he'd stop seeing me so Joey wouldn't be able to get to him. I didn't want to lose him right after I found him. I felt so safe and right with him. I never felt that way with Joey.

I needed a friend. The only friend Joey let me have was Sally, his maid but I never trusted her with much. I always suspected that she would go and tell Joey everything and he'd pay her for it.

I loved being with Shane. Plus if I told Shane about Joey. Joey would kill me.....---No seriously he'd kill me.

So for now I won't tell Shane. Yeah thats a good plan. Right?