“Agent Jeffries, Ray Jorgensen from Ultimate Recon is here to see you.”
Happiness hit January like a train, a juggernaut of emotion she hadn’t known was possible to feel. But having the tall, Viking god show up at her office unannounced made her day sparkle like confetti at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Girl, get your mind back in the game. He’s here for business, not for you. The truth hurt, but she wasn’t any less excited to see him.
“Thank you, Carla. Please send him back.”
Normally, she’d go out to escort him to her office, but she needed the time to prepare for his arrival. She yanked open her desk drawer and pulled out a small compact from her purse as she shot a look at her office door. He had long legs so she didn’t have much time to check her appearance.
She didn’t wear much makeup, but after she met Ray, she’d made the effort to apply lipstick and a little eyeshadow to bring some contrasting color to her face. She studied her hair and hoped the corona of tight curls around her head wouldn’t put him off. It doesn’t matter if it does. This is how I look. But she hoped he wouldn’t mind.
She took one last look and stuffed the compact away, kicking the drawer closed just as the door swung open.
“Agent Jeffries? May I come in?” Ray’s deep voice revved up her heart and settled into her soul, filling her with the juxtaposing sensations of excitement and calm.
She cleared her throat to find her voice. “Yeah, come on in, Mr. Jorgensen. What can I do for you?” Or more to the point, with you?
“It’s more about what I can do for you.” He grinned and she reminded herself he didn’t mean anything by it.
“Oh, you have news?”
“Yeah.” He settled into the chair across her desk. “Sounds like the Casa de Catequil Cartel tried making a move on a place in the Sierra Nevada of California. Last Chance Dog Sanctuary.”
January frowned. “Why would they want a dog sanctuary?”
Ray set a photocopy of a map on her desk. “It’s not what it is, it’s where. The place is located up in the hills above a little tiny town against the National Forest. They’d be isolated enough that no one would bother them, they’d be close enough to civilization to get supplies, and in direct line with their smuggling route up north.” He pointed to the map marked with red Xs to show where the known cartel holdings stood.
“So why are you grinning?”
“Because the woman who owns the dog sanctuary wouldn’t sell or be coerced to sell, even when the cartel threatened her.” Ray nodded his head with satisfaction. “Turns out one of my boss’s former teammates in the SEALs was there for some R&R when the cartel tried to take her down. The guy contacted Ultimate Recon for help and managed to dissuade them.” He winked and she couldn’t hold back her grin. “Even better, we managed to capture one of the Californian lieutenants for the cartel. They should be interrogating him soon.”
“Hot damn.” This was the best news she’d heard in a while. “Can I get a copy of the transcript from the interrogation?”
“Yeah, I already asked for one when they’re done.” He nodded then tilted his yeah, his amazing blue eyes crinkling at the corners. “But I think this calls for some celebration. What do you say to having dinner with me, Agent Jeffries?”
I thought you’d never ask.
“When, tonight?” She stared at him in surprise. Not at him, but at her stupid question.
“Yes, ma’am. I’ve discovered this great Japanese restaurant in the Pike’s Place Market called The Bamboo Palace. If you like Japanese food, it’s good. And it’ll be my treat. What do you say, Agent Jeffries?”
I say it’ll be my treat for sure.
“All right, I think I have time for dinner.” And hopefully more. “Give me time to finish up for the night and I’ll meet you at the pig in Pike’s Place at six.”
He rose from the chair, his height dwarfing her own five foot six inch frame. “I’ll see you there, Agent Jeffries.” He headed for the door.
He stopped and turned, his eyebrows up.
“You can call me Jan.”
A gorgeous and hungry smile curled his lips. “Yes, ma’am. Jan. See you at six.”
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