NEW CHAPTER GUYS! :-D Sorry i took so long to post it. This chapter was really hard for me to write cause there were tons of ways it could have gone. I swear i probably started it at least ten times before going back and changing it. So FINALLY i settled on this one. Not some of my best work :-( but i think it came out okay. Let me know what you think. So yea, Ally Carter owns everything except for the plot and a few characters. COMMENT AND REVIEW PLEASE.

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"YOU DID WHAT!"

"OW! Thank you for screaming my ears off Gabrielle, that was very much appreciated."

Kat turned around and shook her head. She knew this would happen. This was the exact reason she didn't want to tell anyone about her meeting with Ashley (a goal that is much easier to accomplish when, BEFORE you tell him everything, a certain billionaire informs you that some family members are staying in his house.)

Of course, nothing could ever just go smoothly. Kat had just finished telling Hale everything that had happened when Gabrielle- who was eavesdropping- came barging into the room screaming her head off. This was the last thing she needed right now. She hadn't even really come to terms to what had happened yet, let alone think about what she was going to do. Kat looked across the spacious living room to the "certain billionaire" on the couch. I am going to get him for this she thought and it will be painful and humiliating.

The more important task at hand however was to calm Gabrielle (who happened to be way passed angry at the moment) She looked like someone had just stolen her favorite painting and her boyfriend all at once. She was ready to kill….

"NO! EXPLAIN YOURSELF TO ME KAT BECAUSE OBVISIOUSLY I MUST HAVE MISHEARD SOMETHING. SO TELL ME IF IM RIGHT. FIRST THREE DAYS AGO YOU RECEIVE A PACKAGE-

"Yes, but….

"-AND YOU WERE FULLY AWARE OF WHO SENT IT TO YOU, BASED ON A PIECE OF PAPER WITH A TIME, DATE AND LOCATION ON IT.

"Well, technically I wasn't completely sure based on the paper

"THEN THIS MORNING, YOU GO TO FLORIENCE, ALONE (Hale narrowed his eyes at that).

"If you would just let me explain…

"AND MEET UP WITH THIS PERSON, NOT KNOWING WHAT THEIR MOTIVES ARE AND LISTEN TO SOME PATHETIC LIE ABOUT THEM NEEDING YOUR HELP. TELL ME KAT AM I MISSING SOMETHING?"

"Nope, you pretty much got everything." Hale says finally speaking up.

Oh so now he decides to chime in Kat thought. She looked over at Hale but he just avoided her gaze. Kat sighed. She expected this to happen when she asked everyone for their help. (which is why she didn't want to mention it in the first place, unless she was positive that she was going to do the job) Even then however, she expected to at least have Hale on her side. But she had made a mistake. He was mad at her because she had left him…..again…..leaving no information on where she was going…..yup she was in trouble. Well I guess you're doing this solo, Kat thought.

By that time Hamish, Angus and Simon had all joined Hale around the couch. The Bradshaw's just wanted to see a good fight and Simon definitely knew better that to get between Kat and Gabrielle when they were this mad at each other. Hamish turned to everyone and whispered, "Time for round two," earning him a murderous glare from both Kat and Gabrielle.

"Listen Gabrielle, I know you're upset right now but you to-

"UPSET? NO, IM NOT UPSET KAT, IM UTTERLY BAFFLED."

"Really? Cause you seem a little upset." Hamish said. After receiving a truly terrifying look from Gabrielle, he realized speaking up was probably a bad way to go and promptly…..shut up.

Gabrielle shook her head and looked back at Kat. Her eyes full of anger and surprisingly sadness, "Seriously….what were you thinking talking to her?"

Kat took a deep breath. At least she wasn't screaming anymore. "Are you actually going to allow me to finish a sentence now?" Gabrielle narrowed her eyes, but said nothing. "Great. First off, I'm not talking to her. The meeting this morning was the first time I've seen or spoken to her in years. Secondly, even if I were, I don't need your approval. I can speak to whomever I wish."

Gabrielle was shocked that Kat would ever speak to her like that. One meeting with her and she already has Kat not acting like herself Gabrielle thought. That thought made her blood boil and the chorus of ohhhhhhh's from the couch didn't really help either. She was about to speak, but Kat raised her hand.

"I'm not done. Also I am not naive. I know we haven't seen her in years but we can't just turn her away."

"Don't you think that's kind of convenient though? This Ashley person doesn't see you or contact you for years, and then out of the blue, she just shows up asking you for help?" Hale said thoughtfully (and safely) from his place on the couch.

Kat rolled her eyes, "You're really not helping me here, Hale."

He merely shrugged and looked her into bright blue eyes, "You didn't need help at the meeting this morning, so you should be able to handle yourself now."

Gabrielle looked triumphant, "exactly my concern. This person…

"That person's name is Ashley!" Kat exclaimed throwing her hands in the air.

"Not to me. She will forever just be that person after what she did. To all of us. To the entire family! She doesn't exist." Gabrielle said making Kat even more frustrated.

Kat laughed bitterly. "How can you be contacted by someone you cared about and act like they don't exist! I'm not you Gabrielle. I could never do that. Your letting your personal prejudices, influence you."

She scoffed. "Why are you defending her? More importantly, why are you so determined to help her? You know nothing about the heist and are willing to put everything on the line for her. Why?" Gabriella asked with true curiosity and only mild hostility.

Kat was tired. She hated arguing with anyone, especially when she knew the other person was just trying to protect her. But Gabrielle had a point. Why was she so determined to help her even knowing that this heist was a whole other level of dangerous? Because of guilt, Kat thought, I owe her this much. But more importantly because of love and loyalty.

"Because she's family." Kat finally concluded.

"No...she's not." Gabrielle said, her voice strangely calm.

Kat was preparing herself to argue back when she realized Gabrielle wasn't looking at her but rather over her head. She turned and looked at the boys and noticed that they were looking behind her as well, completely silent with mouths wide open.

What are- Kat turned around and froze. She groaned inwardly and shook her head. This is definitely going to be a long night.

Time for round 3...