The second Zoe thriller.
It’s time to delve into the past that Zoe tries so hard not to remember because the memories are painful.
It was a time before she became the emotionless killer she was now, and the people who had turned her into one.
Friends, lovers, teachers, mentors, but, in the end, all people who wanted her for one thing or another because they were selfish.
Alistair’s mother, Olga, was one, the woman who first had the job of training her, the first to recognize while gifted, she would be trouble.
She had been recommended to her by a man called Yuri, the first of many to take advantage of an innocent girl who didn’t know any better.
Once trained, she was placed with Alistair, and he too, wanted her for himself, until he found her replacement, a man who wrongly thought she was so emotionless she would be happy to share him with others.
It was a mistake he wouldn’t be making again.
It was Yuri she discovered who had been in contact with the kidnappers in Marsailles, and perhaps inadvertently inserting himself into her quest for those seeking to kill her. He would know who it was seeking her, and who the name Romanov referred to.
After ensuring John was safe, she contacted him.
There’s a conversation, and he agrees to meet her, reluctantly, as being seen with a fugitive might harm his reputation.
It’s going to be an interesting conversation and reunion.
Today’s writing, with Zoe travelling from Budapest to Zurich, 2,285 words, for a total of 49,911.