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The Betrayed Series: Ultimate Omnibus Collection by Carolyn McCray

The Betrayed Series: Ultimate Omnibus Collection by Carolyn McCray

Author:Carolyn McCray [McCray, Carolyn]
Language: eng
Format: epub, mobi
Tags: The Betrayed Series
Amazon: B00AHRE74G
Publisher: Off Our Meds MultiMedia
Published: 2012-11-28T23:00:00+00:00


CHAPTER 12

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Moscow, Russia

10:08 p.m. GMT

Hell yes, at gunpoint, Brandt wanted to say but held his tongue. Probably best not to piss off the bishop of Moscow. Or at least not more than he was already. Brandt gave a curt nod to Harvish to lower his weapon.

“Belinda,” Brandt said, using the younger woman’s given name. He just couldn’t get “Bunny” out of his mouth. “You are supposed to be safely tucked away in the Midwest.”

The young woman sighed, finally releasing Rebecca. Funny, Brandt did not remember the women being all BFFs the last time around. As a matter of fact, they’d perfected their romantic rival act to a fine art.

“After,” Bunny gulped, pulling aside her shirt to reveal a network of scars that disappeared below her belt. “After Paris with a piece of shrapnel lodged so closely to my spine the doctors are afraid it’s going to cut my spinal cord every time I sneeze, I kind of couldn’t do suburbia, ya know?”

Unfortunately, Brandt did know. Going from crisis mode to domestic bliss wasn’t as smooth a transition as it should be.

“I realized that I had to do what I love,” Bunny continued. “I couldn’t give up proto-Christian archeology. If I was going to die, it would be doing something that mattered…at least to me.”

“That still doesn’t answer why you’re here, in Russia, in this cathedral,” Brandt pressed.

The bishop rose, raising his hand. “Nyet. Why you storm in with guns?”

The time for delicate diplomacy was over, if there ever had been a time for it on this mission. Brandt turned to the bishop and met his righteous indignation with his own. “You were visited by a terrorist named Amed last week.” While the bishop didn’t answer Brandt directly, his eyes dilating as he sat down hard on the edge of St. Basil’s tomb kind of confirmed Brandt’s suspicions. “Why?”

The old man didn’t respond. Instead, he combed his fingers through his long gray beard.

Bunny was the one who answered. “I think you know why.”

“The Ten Commandments,” Rebecca clarified.

“Amed came with the broken piece of tablet that Osip had translated,” Bunny confirmed. “Amed threatened that unless the bishop helped him find the rest of the commandments, he would unleash his bioweapon on Russia first.”

Sounded like the terrorist.

“But why did Amed think the bishop could help?” A look passed between Bunny and the bishop. “What?” When neither answered, Brandt pressed, “I don’t think I should have to mention that this mission is a bit time sensitive.”

The bishop went into a litany…of curses. The guy’s bright blue Russian Orthodox robes made it seem almost comical. A little hard to get worked up by a big Smurf.

“Hey, hey, hey,” Brandt coaxed. “I want to get the Rinderpest off the streets as much as you do.”

“Da,” the bishop retorted. “But only so the Americas can hoard it.”

“Really?” Brandt countered as he leaned forward. “Because let’s keep it clear that Amed stole the weaponized virus from your laboratory. From Russia’s illegal stores.”

The bishop glared back, clearly not used to being questioned or rebuked.



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