CHAPTER I

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

"This is a dangerous case to give him."

"He can handle it, I'm sure."

"Yes…but facing a full-grown Avaren? A male, no less; I don't think even he could take one down." She paused.

"I think I know how you can give him something easier... but still have him get the job done…"

"What do you mean?"

"Zed, of course! Tell him he's up against something safer, send him to get the job done and he'll destroy the Avaren while doing another job. You know how dangerous Avarens are. He'll refuse the case if you tell him outright. Send his assistant too, I'm told they work well together."

"Jay is his partner, and leading them on is dangerous. They'll be thinking of one set of dangers while facing a completely different animal. But he's the only agent who can do it. I don't know…he's had trouble with Avarens before. And this loner seems to be very hostile, and it may prove itself to be deadly."

"But the job must be done Zed, or many lives will be lost."

"But lying to them?"

"It's the only way."

"Alright, O. You're right. But if I lose either of them, you're going to be to blame."

"They'll be fine, Zed. Just fine." Agent O left, leaving Zed with the mound of paper work on his desk.

But Zed wasn't quite sure, and in the back of his mind, he knew the mission would not end well for Kay. Not well at all.