Beyond Seduction Deceit Betrayal

When I saw her after so long, for the first time in a very long time, I found myself wanting my revenge. I wanted a simple revenge, however my better half wanted something beyond that. In appeasing her demands, it brought out a most unselling part of me, knowing that the person capable of making both my better half and I feel this way, was tied directly to my yearning toward our road to vengeance.

Author's note

Professional published eBook version can be found here. Available in ePub, Kindle and PDF. ISBN: 9780463875858. This book is part of Smashwords' "Premium Catalog": the book has been approved to ship to retailers that Smashwords works with.

The KnM Blade Universe timeline of novels, : Kixi Rajki / Professionally published eBooks. These then get distributed to online book stores such as iBooks, Amazon, Kobo, Scribd, Ficton DB, Livraria Cultura, Barnes & Noble, that's just naming a few. :-)

- KnM Blade: She Jhasmin & I Kixi (Coming in early 2020)
- KnM Blade: Part 1. ISBN: 9780463729267.
- KnM Blade: Part 2. ISBN: 9780463849057.
- KnM Blade: Part 3. (Coming in mid to later half of 2020)
- KnM Blade: I Love You And You Love Me - The Wedding Of Kixi And Mako Jhasmin. ISBN: 9780463160930.
- KnM Blade: Beyond Seduction Deceit Betrayal. ISBN: 9780463875858
- KnM Blade: Time's Arrow (Delayed. Coming in 2020)

How they appear here on bellow,

- KmM Blade : She Jhasmin & I Kixi, (In Progress - early 2020)
- KnM Blade in Destiny's Way (Main project. Single book will consist of 4 parts. Part 1 and Part 2 compete. Part 3 is in progress - mid to later part of 2020. Smashwords versions will have parts published as separate books).
- KnM Blade : I love you and you love me : The Wedding of Kixi and Mako Jhasmin (Complete)
- KnM Blade : Beyond Seduction Deceit Betrayal (Complete)
- KnM Blade: Time's Arrow (Delayed. In progress - 2020)


KnM Blade Timeline as of 2019/2020

3011 - She Jhasmin & I Kixi (Available by early 2020)

3016 - KnM Blade: Part 1 (Published 2019-01-03)
3016 - KnM Blade: Part 2 (Published 2019-01-03)
3016/17 - KnM Blade: Part 3 (Available by mid to later part of 2020)

3018 - I Love You And You Love Me. The Wedding of Kixi And Mako Jhasmin (Published 2018-06-15)
3028 - Beyond Seduction Deceit Betrayal (Published 2019-07-13)

3039/42 - Time’s Arrow (KnM Blade version. Available by 2020.)


Proposed KnM Blade Timeline

3010 - Formula Zero Speedster
3011 - She Jhasmin & I Kixi (Available by early 2020)

3016 - KnM Blade: Part 1 (Published 2019-01-03)
3016 - KnM Blade: Part 2 (Published 2019-01-03)
3016/17 - KnM Blade: Part 3 (Available by mid to later part of 2020)
3017/18 - KnM Blade: Part 4

3018 - I Love You And You Love Me. The Wedding of Kixi And Mako Jhasmin (Published 2018-06-15)
3022 - Corporation Wars
3028 - Beyond Seduction Deceit Betrayal (Published 2019-07-13)

3039/42 - Time’s Arrow (KnM Blade version. Available in 2020)
3044 - Total Recall (KnM Blade version)
3052 - Reunion: Part 1 (KnM Blade version)
3052 - Reunion: Part 2 (KnM Blade version)

28. Chapter 18.

Chapter 18.


Oculus Prime, Eta Cassiopeiae, Gencore Corporation controlled system.


Cynna always had meetings in her full armour and mask. The one-time agent for the Skysec Secret Service, didn’t own the proper clothing to meet with officials for when conducting business on behalf of the Zhann Alliance, but her job was not diplomacy. And it was probably for the best that she hid her identity even from her allies; It wouldn’t do for them to start doubting her because of her former allegiances. 

She stood, her personal bodyguards behind her on their swoops, protecting their shipment of fully refined hyperdrive fuel, as the USS shuttle landed in front of her. As Paige exited the shuttle, the copper highlights in her red dyed hair caught the early morning light, and shone in a way that it would not have, even on the brightest of days back in the sprawling megalopolis of Celestia City. 

She actually came alone. Brave, Cynna thought. “Paige Langley,” she said, her modulator disguising her soft voice.

“Cynna Jade Sunrider,” she said, glowering. “I hope you have good news for me.” She sounded as if she didn’t believe she ever could.

“Refined hyperdrive fuel, ready and enough to power a fleet,” she said, gesturing behind her. “I trust you will put it to good use.”

Paige relaxed, shock obvious on her face. “How did you manage this?”

“I have my ways,” Cynna said. “You—” A sound came from the shuttle, something clattering to the floor. Paige’s head whipped around, anger rising.

She hadn’t come alone. Cynna closed her fist by her side and heard her bodyguards raise their weapons.

“You agreed to come alone,” she snapped.

Paige held her hands up and backed slowly toward the shuttle. “Put your weapons away. There is no threat. The assassin woman we agreed to send you as part of this exchange, she wanted to come with me, so I’ve decided to bring her to you now. The sooner you two get acquainted, the sooner you can deploy her against the enemies of Gencore Corporation which are also our enemies.”

“So you brought her here with you?”

“Yes. She’s stunningly beautiful, very curious, and highly talented. But, she needs to learn.”

Cynna heard feet walking on the shuttle.

“Bring her out.”

“Lower your weapons,” Paige countered.

Cynna nodded once and raised her hand to order her bodyguards to stand down. She heard them relax and lower their weapons. She knew they would stay alert, regardless. She tensed, poised to dodge to the side if any armed men came running down the plank, weapons hot.

But a woman did indeed emerge, cautiously, but unafraid. Her skin was olive unlike Paige's who's skin was pale, and her light brown hair was loose and hung in sheets down her back. Calculating hazel eyes took in Cynna and her team. Cynna liked her at once.

Paige gave her a little push forward. “This is Kes.”

“She appears to be older than you Paige, and an elegantly beautiful woman. You say she is highly talented, that, would indeed make her formidable. Yet if she needs to learn, why would you bring her to a dangerous meeting?” Cynna asked curiously.

“She needs experience,” Paige repeated.

“If she’s going to survive…” said about her over and over again. She wanted to see how Paige would react.

Paige frowned. “Cynna, your observation is correct. Kes is older than I, but young in her field of expertise. As you can see, she is very beautiful. Many people, especially men, treat beauty in a woman as if it’s a shield to hide behind, something that protects them. And sometimes it is. Until someone comes along who doesn’t honour the shield. Then we must decide if we’re going to keep pretending that shield is there. In the past this is how Kes has operated, but our enemies have grown smarter, and no longer care how petty she is. She is a master at her profession, but she must learn that she equally faces threats no differently to the rest of us.”

“Is that so?” Cynna took a step forward. “Come here, Kes.”

The assassin woman took a step forward, unafraid. Paige let her go, waiting patiently. Cynna looked straight at Kes. Even though they came from such different worlds, there was something intriguing about Kes that reminded Cynna of someone she vaguely remembered from her old life, from the people that were now her sworn enemies. She quickly banished the thoughts from her head.

Cynna reached under her mask and pulled it off, shaking her wild hair free. She smiled at Kes, who still watched her, unmoved by the reveal. 

“Do you think that your beauty protects you?”

“No,” Kes said flatly.

“You’re right. You’re smart. Still, they’re going to underestimate you. Make them regret it.”

Kes' eyes narrowed as if the threat were right behind them. “They?”

“Everyone,” Cynna said. “Make them regret it.”

Kes nodded once.

“If you’re satisfied,” Paige said, sounding tense.

“I am.” She gestured to the hyperdrive fuel behind her. 

“So will this do? It could do a lot of good.”

“And harm,” Paige said, her eyes flicking to the fuel. 

“Which is what we need if we are to defeat the ever growing strength of our enemies."

“I would hope that you would be more precise in your ways.”

“Paige,” she said. “You’re going to need some attention to detail if your fight is going to work.”

“I would think that you of all people would accept that allies come in different shapes, sizes, and ways of fighting,” Paige said. “We are fighting the same enemies. Moving toward the same goal.”

Cynna sighed. “I only ask that you don’t waste it.”

Paige made a gesture, so welcoming and graceful it seemed ridiculous coming from someone who on many occasions came through as abrupt and unfriendly. “When have we ever? Now come, let’s talk about my assassin woman."

Paige boarded the shuttle and Cynna followed her, secure that her bodyguards would keep the ship grounded until she exited safely. She passed Kes, who watched them both carefully.

“She's going to underestimate you,” Kes whispered.

Cynna smiled to herself. The assassin woman indeed was a fast learner. She might be of good use after all.”

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