The vent was small and dusty that we crawled along. After a few tight twists and turns and cross roads, I finally began to see light around the edges of Lily's frame in front of me and after a few painful minutes of staying still (and worrying that I was going to get stuck by staying still) as Lily cut through the metal grate, we finally climbed out into some kind of department store.
We both sat on the floor for a minute, listening for any sign of movement but everything was quiet. Relieved, we stood up and Lily lead me to the clothing section where we sat in the centre of a clothing rail, with clothes draped over us, so just incase anyone came in, we couldn't be seen without vigorous searching.
"Okay," I said "tell me everything."
She examined me for second and then took a steadying breath.
"Well, you see. I'm a spy or... I suppose in some cases I'm an assassin. When my adopted parents took me in, we didn't have that much to begin with. They had low paid jobs, with barely enough for us to live on but one day they lost their jobs and we had absolutely nothing... but then one day someone found me. A man. He- Well, he told me that I had a talent. Of course, being 8 years old at the time, I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about but basically he began to train me. He taught me how to fight, how to use gadgets and...how to kill. But that was only as a last resort and also any missions which involve me having to kill someone, they're only if me or my family are in so much danger that the only way is to get rid of them for good."
She paused, taking in shaky breath.
"I earn a lot for what I do. I mean, why do you think we're so rich?" she said, with a shadow of a smile.
"But anyway, that's one of the main reasons why I've never contacted you before, because I didn't want to put you in danger but you're in danger now. And also, I need your help. Those men- they know who I am, what I am and they know who you are and what you are. You're like me, you have a gift. You can fight, you can kill....you just didn't know until now. We're twins, meaning that we have the same genes, the same abilities. But anyway, they want to get rid of me and now they've also found out about you, they want to kill you as well and I can't stop them alone. I killed their boss because they threatened my family but now they want revenge. And that's where you come in."