My Captivator

Kairyn’s life was wonderful, almost perfect. Her parents adored her, she had just started college, she made a new friend right off the bat, and her research paper for psychology was almost complete. But, after accidentally engaging in a unpleasant blog, her world changes, and not for the better. As ex-CIA Agent, Samuel Turner, and his men, declare Kairyn their next victim, secret agents, Merrick Stone and his team members, Kota and Weston, are assigned to protect Kairyn and bring Samuel and his men to justice.

Becoming a CIA Operative at the age of twenty-two was the best thing that ever happened to Merrick, that is until he and his team members are assigned to a new mission that involves a certain young woman. The closer Kairyn grows to Merrick, she finds his heart is in the right, but his mind is in the wrong. Will she be able to convince Merrick that of all the mistakes he has made in his life, he can still be forgiven? Or will the trials she faces bring hatred into her own heart?

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30. Chapter Twenty-Nine

Kairyn:

 

 Dinner was wonderful. I hadn’t realized how much I had missed my mom’s cooking. I was sick of hospital food and fast food restaurants. I haven’t had a home cooked meal since before Merrick and I fled into the mountains of Montana.

 

I grinned to myself as I sat on the back porch balcony. Everyone else was inside talking, but I needed a moment of fresh home air. The stars were bright and the moon was full and shined across the fields. The fields reminded me of the first night Merrick and I hiked to the valley. I laughed at the thought of me ever hiking in the mountains before I met Merrick. I would have been scared out of my wits.

 

I had fled into the cold and eerie mountains of Montana where wolves and bears resided and I lived through it. I was stronger than I thought and braver than I imagined I could ever be. Biting my lip I thought of how I wouldn’t have been able to do it without Merrick. He kept me safe from Sam and his men. But God is the one I really needed to give credit to. If not for him, would Merrick and I have even met? Would Merrick have saved me from being kidnapped that night from Sam and his men if God had not sent him? Would he have saved me from the mountain lion when I tried to run away a few months back? Would he have been there when Mason and Caleb captured me the first time? Would he have even woken up from the coma to save me in time? Would he have ever woken up at all? Tears brimmed my eyes as I thought of what I would have done had Merrick not woken up. The possibility of me not being here now would have been slim.

 

“Lord, how can I ever thank you?” I cried. “You have been there for me always and still I did not trust you. When have you ever let me down? Never. You have never let me down. But I seem to have let you down by not trusting you. My faith was smaller than a mustard seed, Lord, but even then, you helped me move the mountains.” I chuckled at the irony.  “I’m sorry, Lord. You have always held me up but I seem to have let you down.”

 

A warm breeze brushed against me. A simple thought ran through my head and I remembered a conversation I had with a friend long ago. She told me, ‘You never have to fear that you will let God down. You do not hold him up. He holds you up with His righteous right hand. And He will never, ever let you down’.

 

I closed my eyes and listened to the breeze. God was for me, so who could ever be against me?

 

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Merrick:

 

After dinner we told story after story of our adventures as secret agents. Mr. Locksley was memorized at every single one of them. From climbing Mount Everest, to scuba diving with sharks in the Great Barrier Reef, we told all the stories that we legally could. He seemed to enjoy our company and that thought gave me hope for the future.

 

I glanced outside and my heart ached when I spotted Kairyn on the back porch alone. I wanted so badly to be with her, to hold her and to comfort her. She had been through so much. How could she possibly go back to her normal life after having such a horrific journey?

 

“Merrick?” I turned to Mr. Locksley.

 

“Yes?” I asked him, trying my best to give him a good smile.

 

“He asked you what you hope to do with the rest of your life.” Law raised his eyebrows.

 

I stiffened and narrowed my eyes. What did I plan on doing? I had always thought that the agency would forever be my way of life. But now . . . what now? The agency would always hire me back, but did I want to go back? I glanced up at Mr. Locksley and then glanced out the window at the small woman I had grown to love and adore. “Uh,” I started, “Sir, I actually am not sure.” Glancing at Kayne and Law I hesitated. Looking to Mr. Locksley I clasped my hands together on the table leaning on my elbows. “I recently resigned from the agency and have decided to turn a new leaf, but I am not sure where to go from there.”

 

Mr. Locksley cleared his throat and blinked a few times. “Merrick, it looks to me like you are in need of a job.” The statement came out as more of a question.

 

“It looks like it. I have been paid very well,” I gave a nervous chuckle,” for the recent mission we finished.”

 

“As well as you should have, I hope?” Kairyn’s father raised his eyebrows, a hidden secret in his eyes.

 

“Enough that would last me a while.” I gave him a humble grin as I glanced back out the window. She was leaning on the railing of the balcony staring up into the sky. I grinned as I imagined her counting the stars.

 

“How would you mind working for a small company I own?” The question Mr. Locksley asked threw me off guard. I shot my eyes to him.

 

“What? Kairyn never said you owned a business.” I was not surprised, but the statement threw me for a loop.

 

“I own a construction business. I am currently looking for a manager but haven’t been able to find someone trustworthy enough. Perhaps you’ll think it over, I would really love to have you on my team.”

 

I smiled wide, as my mouth dropped. “Sir, I would . . .It would be an honor, but I have no experience with construction.”

 

“I’ll teach you everything you need to know and my company would be happy to pay for any schooling if it be necessary.”

 

I was shocked. His eyes were honest and meaningful. He was being serious. Maybe this was my chance to be with Kairyn, to be closer to her and learn more about her. “Sir, if you are sure.” My answer came fast. I had always wanted to build things when I was younger, but this, this was an incredible opportunity.

 

“Can you start December 9th for and official interview?” He asked with a grin.

 

I smiled and shook my head yes before saying, “I’ll be there.” I stood and shook his hand.

 

We sat back down in our chairs grinning and my first thought was that I couldn’t wait to tell Kairyn. I glanced out the window once more and smiled. I’d get to see her more than if I worked for the agency and it would be safer for her. We could build our own log cabin with our own star gazing field and . . .

 

“Son.” The voice brought me from my thoughts. I glanced at Mr. Locksley with wide eyes, mentally kicking myself for staring so long at her. Could I have been more obvious?

 

“Yes sir?” I tried to smile through worried eyes.

 

“Why don’t you just go to her already?” He let out a laugh. I grinned apologetically.

 

“I’m sorry, I wasn’t trying to be-”

 

He waved me off and shook his head. “I know love when I see it. Don’t apologize, just go to her.” I smiled and nodded my head as I stood and made my way to the screen doors.

 

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Kairyn:

 

“Hey, Princess.” I heard the familiar low voice. I turned to see Merrick standing just outside the screen door. “Everything alright?” He asked, walking over to me. He placed his arms on my shoulders and gave me a sweet, loving smile. Longing rested in his eyes and I felt my heart tug, needing to be close to him.

 

“I was just thanking the Lord for everything He has brought us through the past five months.” I responded. He smiled down at me and pulled me close to him, wrapping me in his arms.

 

“You amaze me.” He whispered. “Never in my life have I ever met someone with as much love and passion for others as you have shown me.” My heart beat sped up. I pulled away and looked up at his baby blue eyes. He was serious, not a joke in his voice or his eyes.

 

“You are a good man, Merrick Stone. Your heart is made of gold and a newly found-”

 

“Faith,” he finished my sentence. He smiled at me and glanced up looking at the stars.” He sucked in a breath and let go of me. Leaning against the edge of the cedar balcony. “I see them,” he whispered. He eyes were wide in amazement as he took in every star he could see.

 

“See what?” I asked, glancing up.

 

He took my hand and locked his fingers with mine. “The reminders, Kairyn, I see the reminders.” I watched him carefully as his eyes started to water. Tears ran down my cheeks as I watched the heart of a spy turn from stone cold to a heart of golden faith. All I could do was stare at him.

 

He glanced down at me and grinned widely, showcasing his cheeky dimples that seemed to always take my breath away. “I have something to tell you.”

 

“But first, I have something to show you.” I grinned, taking his hand and leading him down the stairs to our back patio.

 

“Where are we going?” His voice held a strange curiosity.

 

“You’ll see,” I teased him.

 

“Kairyn Locksley, you should know better than to surprise a spy.” He gave my hand a squeeze and pulled me to a stop. I turned and gazed up at his eyes. “Where are we going?” He tried hard to hide his grin.

 

“Some place safe.” I wiggled my eyebrows at him. He had told me the same thing the night he ‘kidnapped’ me.

 

He laughed loudly, a sound I would never get tired of. “If you plan on kidnapping me then you have another thing coming.” He grinned at me mischievously, as if daring me to try.

 

 “Trust me, if I was going to kidnap you, you wouldn’t see it coming.” I crossed my arms. He laughed once more and smiled down at me.

 

“Challenge accepted.” He smirked.

 

Laughing uncrossed my arms and my smile turned into a loving grin. The mood slightly changed and the atmosphere began to sway around us. Merrick’s eyes flickered from my lips to my eyes and back again. He began to lean in and when his eyes closed I took the moment to run. I held in my laughter as I ran as fast and as quietly as I could. I finally made it to the hidden ladder of my tree house and climbed.

 

“Kairyn!” His voice grumbled. I silently chuckled as I sat in the tree watching him search for me. “When I find you, you won’t be laughing.” His voice held a playful tone.

 

“If you find me!” I whispered a little too loud. He heard me and turned towards my voice.

 

“Oh trust me, I will find you.” A smile appeared on his face.

 

He searched around as I took in his every action. He walked, spoke and breathed like a spy. His movements were swift and silent. Like a predator in the night. Quietly, I climbed out the window of my tree house and sat on the large branch that stuck out over the yard. I let my feet dangle and then set my sight back on Merrick . . . or at least I tried. I couldn’t find him or see him anywhere. I stiffened, feeling as if I were in a game of hide and seek I held my breath and leaned back against the tree. I couldn’t hear him and that probably meant that he was using his other senses.

 

My heart leapt at the thought. Adrenaline ran through my veins as I slowly and quietly breathed through my nose. He could be anywhere . . . I inched my way to the middle of the branch and did my best to be as silent as a mouse.

 

I heard, no I felt, footsteps on the branch behind me. I froze, almost afraid to turn around. He had found me. Quickly I tried to drop myself from the branch but his arms were around my waist in seconds. I was lifted up from the branch. I let out a small squeal but then it turned into laughter as he began tickling me.

 

“I told you I’d find you.” He whispered into my ear. I stiffened and my smile fell as his breath hit my ear. Immediately my face heated and I could feel my cheeks turning flush pink. My heart raced as I turned to face him. His smile had faded. “No matter what, you will never be too far or too lost for me to find you.” He sat back against the tree and I sat down in front of him, leaning back against him. His arms remained around my waist as I laid my head back against his chest, listening to his heart beat.

 

“I’ll hold you to that.” I spoke quietly, for only his ears.

 

He kissed the top of my head and lingered there. I nuzzled closer to him and closed my eyes, embracing the sweet moment as if it would soon end a symptom from the life I had lived for the past five months.

 

“I use to sit here when I was worried or upset. It was so calming to me and the view of the stars was perfect.” I felt him take a deep breath as his chest rose and fell.

 

“It’s beautiful.” He sat up and took my chin in his hand, turning my face to his. “Much like you.” I blushed again but refused to break contact from his eyes. “I have a question.” He spoke. I sat up and turned a bit, positioning myself in his arms.

 

He took both my hands in his and faced me. “Should I be worried?” I asked, my heart beat rising.

 

“No, no, I’m . . .” he hesitated. “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

 

“I’m not sure, but I kind of hoped,” pausing I looked away.

 

“What? What is it?” He tilted my chin up so our eyes would meet. “You can tell me,” he whispered gently.

 

Taking a deep breath I grinned at him shyly. “I kind of hoped that, if it were possible with you being in the agency and all, you would be somewhere in my future.” I felt my cheeks heat up yet again as he stared at me. “Please say something.” I whispered, embarrassed that I had spilled my heart out too quickly.

 

“Do you want me in your future?” His eyes longed for an answer.

 

“Merrick,” my eyes watered, “I want nothing more.” His hand came up to my cheek as he brushed away my tears. He pulled my into his warm arms and I held onto him tightly as if it was our last moment together.

 

“Then I’ll be sure it happens.” His voice was deep and raspy as he held fast to me.

 

“What about the agency?” I pulled away. “Merrick,” the thoughts in my head were too painful to bear. “What if something happens to you? I don’t know what I’d do if . . .” He placed his thumb on my lower lip and brushed it gently then his hand moved and he cupped my face.

 

“You don’t need to worry about me, Princess. I promise you that I’ll be perfectly fine.” There was a secret in his eyes. I slowly and carefully turned around on the tree, now facing him.

 

“How do you know?” I asked.

 

“Because I no longer work for the agency.” My breath caught in my throat. I looked to see the humor in his eyes but there was none, only longing and an emotion I had not seen in him.

 

“What?” My eyes went wide as I started to comprehend his words.

 

“I quit.” He said the words fast, as if he would never be able to get them out.

 

“What?” I couldn’t believe my own ears. Was I hearing this correctly? “But I thought it wasn’t that easy to just up and leave an agency like that.”

 

His face grew serious. “Someone took my place on the team.”

 

“You’ve been replaced? They let you off the hook that easy?” I was confused and curious as to whom they had picked out that would perform better than Merrick.

 

“Kairyn, our team was great with me, but I was not the one who led the team. Kayne was the leader. He is an incredible agent and is great with any field of work, including technology, but the team needed someone who really knew how to hack and research.” My heart sank. I knew exactly who he was referring to. I turned and looked towards the house. Faintly I could see my brother sitting in a chair by the window.  He had been quiet all night.

 

“He took your place?” I tried to hold in my cry. “But, he’s not trained to be an agent, a spy. He could get hurt or worse . . .” Thoughts and worries ran through my mind as I pictured my brother as a spy.

 

“He would work behind the scenes. Kairyn, look at me.” He ordered. I glanced up at him and he gave me a somber smile. “He didn’t have a choice. He was to either join the agency and use his skills for the greater good, or be sent to prison for treason for who knows how long.”

 

“Kota and Weston will take care of him? They don’t seem to like him very much. Oh, Merrick, they can’t do this to him. What kind of life is it to never be able to see your family . . .” I froze and glanced up turned to Merrick. The thought hit hard. If Merrick was still a part of the agency he would never be able to see me again without endangering my life. I looked up at him and stared in his eyes. “They would have made you lose contact with me. That’s why you had to quit.” He pulled my into him and I leaned my head on his broad chest. The sound of his heart was quick and steady.

 

“You mean so much more to me than some job. To lose you forever would be to lose everything. Kairyn, I saw my chance to get out without consequences and I took it.”

 

“But what about my brother? What if I never see him again?” Tears clouded my sight. Some slipped from my eyes and soaked into Merrick’s shirt. He must have felt the tears because he squeezed me tighter.

 

“Kayne and Law are loyal men. Whether they approve of Caleb being on the team or not, they would risk their lives’ for him. To be with you was the reason he is in this mess in the first place. I’d bet he’d do all he can to be able to see you. We will work it out,” he paused and tilted my chin up to look at him. “God will work this out.”

 

My heart was full of joy, sorrow and hope. My brother would not be in my life as much as I would hope, but he would see me, that I knew for sure. If he went through all of this trouble just to meet me, then he would do all he could to come see me.

 

“Where will you go?” I asked him. His eyes lit up and he kissed my forehead tenderly.

 

“I will be right here in Nixa, Missouri, working at my new job.” His eyes held a secret.

 

“What, a job? Where? When?” The questions flew from my mouth.

 

“A small construction company by the name of Locksley Incorporated,” His words took a moment to sink in. 

 

“You, my father has hired you?”

 

“I go in for a real interview December 9th.”

 

“For real?” The words escaped my mouth.

 

He chuckled. “Yes, for real.” He cupped my face with both hands and smiled widely. “I’m staying here if you’ll let me.” He glanced at my lips. Time seemed to stand still as the world around us disappeared once more. He leaned in close to me and our lips were but centimeters apart.

 

“I would want nothing more,” I whispered before our lips connected. He pulled me close and my arms wrapped around his neck as the kiss deepened.

 

“I love you, my princess,” he whispered pulling away slightly.

 

I grinned as I whispered, “And I love you, my captivator.”

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