Chapter 16:

She dreams of dangerous men

The Sequence of Kai

Why does she have to be here? Bookmark here

She wasn’t working here last time I frequented. I should’ve suggested another place, I only thought of here because it has a certain reputation when it comes to men and young girls. I try to avoid it nowadays because it’s a bit too public for my liking, but it used to get the job done when nothing else would.Bookmark here

That guy didn’t notice me walk in; seems he was too engrossed in talking to that pretty girl. Bookmark here

It annoys me more than it should, at least I think it does. I’m not sure what I’m feeling but I think it’s annoyed. Bookmark here

I’ll send him a text.Bookmark here

“I’M HERE.”Bookmark here

I haven’t thought about being annoyed in so long, it’s kind of refreshing.Bookmark here

The man’s phone buzzes and he leaves the girl with some parting words, taking his beers with him.Bookmark here

“I’m so glad you decided to meet with me.”Bookmark here

He places a beer in front of me before sitting down across the booth.Bookmark here

“I thought after we got interrupted, I might not have time to find you again.”Bookmark here

“Can we cut to the chase? I want to get this over with.”Bookmark here

“What’s the hurry? This won’t be interesting if we’re strangers and that’s exactly what we are. I don’t even know your name.”Bookmark here

“I don’t usually do this with names involved.”Bookmark here

“Well, if you want what you want, then you’ll tell me your name. Don’t play hard to get, it’s not as enticing as you think it is.”Bookmark here

I consider his words for a moment and then decide to answer truthfully.Bookmark here

“Kai.”Bookmark here

“Pleasure to meet you, Kai, I’m Bastien.”Bookmark here

“Great, can we get to talking about prices now?”Bookmark here

“Shut your mouth for a second, ok? I told you before, I see right through you. You didn’t call me for the money, we both know that, so fucking drop it. You want something else from me. I don’t know what it is and that’s precisely why I’ll consider giving it to you.”Bookmark here

“You really are a dangerous man, aren’t you?”Bookmark here

“People tend not to admit to me that they know that.”Bookmark here

Bastien finishes his beer and before the bottom of the bottle has even hit the mat, that girl is over to snatch it off him.Bookmark here

“Can I get you another one?”Bookmark here

“Sure you can, I told you to keep ‘em coming, you shouldn’t have to ask.”Bookmark here

“And what about you?”Bookmark here

She looks at me, concerned, expectant. She wants me to get away from this guy, she must have some idea of what’s going on.Bookmark here

“I’m fine.”Bookmark here

“Are you sure? If I can help in an-”Bookmark here

“I said I’m fine, leave me alone.”Bookmark here

The girl looks hurt but turns away with the empty bottle in hand. She clutches her side as she leaves. I wonder if she’s hurt herself?Bookmark here

“Are you going to have yours?”Bookmark here

He points at my beer, a subtle way to return my attention to him.Bookmark here

“No, I don’t drink.”Bookmark here

“How bad must things be that you don’t drink?”Bookmark here

He reaches across and grabs it for himself.Bookmark here

“So, tell me, Kai, what is it that you want from me, what made you call me instead of finding someone else?”Bookmark here

I try to turn my head to check if the girl is eavesdropping on our conversation, but he gently grabs my chin and directs me back towards him.Bookmark here

“Don’t worry about her, eyes on me. Why me?”Bookmark here

“I called you because you reek of innocent blood.”Bookmark here

I see him wrestle a broad grin under control. He was happy to hear that.Bookmark here

“That’s interesting, you caught my attention because you’re drowning in the blood of the guilty. You’re submerged so deep; I nearly mistook you for the person I’m actually looking for.”Bookmark here

“There is no person that could be mistaken for me.”Bookmark here

This piques his interest. He leans forward and his eyes grow serious.Bookmark here

“Are you saying I made a mistake?”Bookmark here

“Depends on who you’re looking for.”Bookmark here

He ponders this for a moment before deciding to press on.Bookmark here

“I’m looking for a supposed serial killer, a girl of your sort. She manages to kill her customers without leaving a single trace. So, I couldn’t have made a mistake, you don’t look like the kind of person that could manage the impossible.”Bookmark here

“I don’t look anything like who I am.”Bookmark here

“Then tell me how you did it and maybe I’ll believe you.”Bookmark here

“Why don’t you pay the price and find out?”Bookmark here

He keeps the staring match going for a moment or two before roaring into a fit of laughter.Bookmark here

“You got me! You really got me! I’m interested, I want to know. So lay down your terms, what’s it going to take for me to fuck you?”Bookmark here

“I thought you knew I wasn’t in it for the sex.”Bookmark here

“I never said I wasn’t.”Bookmark here

“Fine, I don’t care, as long as you kill me.”Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

“Before, during or after, just get it done.”Bookmark here

“You want me to kill you?”Bookmark here

“That’s right.”Bookmark here

“Why not do it yourself?”Bookmark here

“Let’s just say I’m not able to.”Bookmark here

“Then why opt for this route? There’s plenty of ways to get yourself killed even if you’re too scared to pull the trigger.”Bookmark here

“None of them are certain though, this way even when it doesn’t work out, the sex is something to do.”Bookmark here

“And that’s ‘why me’, is it?”Bookmark here

“That’s right.”Bookmark here

He takes a moment to consider what I’ve said.Bookmark here

“Right. I don’t care whether you’re lying about being her or not, I’m not passing up a chance to fuck a bitch who wants me to kill her. Let’s go.”Bookmark here

He grabs me by the wrist and pulls me onto my feet. The girl from earlier dashes over and grabs my other wrist. She winces as she does so but that doesn’t stop her from yanking me close and whispering into my ear.Bookmark here

“That man is dangerous, don’t go with him, I can help you.”Bookmark here

“I don’t need help.”Bookmark here

“But-”Bookmark here

Bastien lets go of my wrist and grabs hers, bending it back until she releases me.Bookmark here

“You really want to test my patience now Trish? After you stomached me for so long?”Bookmark here

She doesn’t react to him, she just continues her stare into my eyes.Bookmark here

“See? This is what he really is, he’ll hurt you if you go with him.”Bookmark here

Just as Bastien is about to snap her wrist in half I step between them and push her away...Bookmark here

“Stay out of my fucking business, I don’t know you, you don’t need to concern yourself with me.”Bookmark here

“I am concerned about you; I don’t want you to get hurt.”Bookmark here

“I’m no one to you.”Bookmark here

“That doesn’t matter.”Bookmark here

I grab her by the neck.Bookmark here

“Then let me give you a reason to not involve yourself with me, I’m dangerous too, probably more dangerous than this asshole.”Bookmark here

She winces but she doesn’t try to push me off.Bookmark here

“You don’t know what you’re doing.”Bookmark here

“Shut up.”Bookmark here

I push her down into one of the booths and she yelps, clutching her side. I feel bad for hurting her, but she shouldn’t be risking anything of her own to help someone like me, I’m not worth it.Bookmark here

“Let’s go.”Bookmark here

I grab Bastien’s hand and race past all of the eyes to the door.Bookmark here

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