The sun was just rising when a small figure slipped into the church. Closing the door quietly behind them, the figure hurried down the center of the church and into a quiet hallway, stopping at a certain door. Looking around nervously, the person used a lock pick to open the door.
Slipping in, they threw the hood over its head back, revealing the beautiful features of Rowena. She had taken extra care putting on her makeup and her outfit this morning before making her way here.
She stared down at the still sleeping tom. She knew he was an early riser and wanted to catch him before he arose. Normally, she would take her time to know a prospective lover before getting this intimate, but Ulysses had no time for the niceties if he was to be safe.
Moving toward him quietly, she got within touching distance before he reared up suddenly and grabbed her. They froze for a moment while Feral registered who his intruder was. Shocked, he released her quickly and gaped at her.
“What are you doing here and why did you break into my room?” he asked, a hurt note in his voice.
She didn’t answer right away. Instead, she took a moment to remove her cloak and toss it on the wooden chair in the corner.
Feral’s mouth dropped as he beheld her beautiful form. She was wearing a very revealing top that dipped low enough to allow her ample breasts to peek out. Her skirt was a slinky material that clung to her every curve. Her face was done up to show off her delicate features and her hair was loose and draped down her back in a lovely cascade of black waves.
She walked seductively toward him and said in a very sultry voice, “I’m here to offer you protection from your father’s depredations.”
Feral’s mouth had gone dry, and he swallowed convulsively. His body was hot and hard and making it difficult for him to concentrate, but he still managed to hesitate before accepting the obvious bounty walking toward him.
“You don’t have to do this…” he stuttered an objection, not able to take his eyes off her.
“Yes, I do, but do not distress yourself. I wish to do this because I find you attractive and since this has to be done it helps that it is mutually welcome rather than an odious chore. Don’t you think?” she said the last in a husky whisper as she stepped the rest of the way and pressed her body against him.
His face was pressed between her luscious breasts, and he could hardly breathe. His heart was hammering and there was a roaring in his ears. ‘Oh God! What a wake up call!’ was his last coherent thought.
It was late morning when he finally regained any form of coherent thought. His body was sated for the first time in his life, and it felt wonderful. Rowena was laying cradled in his arms, still asleep from their morning gymnastics. She was an incredible teacher, and he felt truly blessed to have met her. The last piece had been finally placed… he had a lover.
He gently caressed her cheek to wake her. Her beautiful green eyes opened sleepily and stared up at him. She smiled warmly and reached up and coaxed him down to her for a kiss. He complied willingly, then after a long moment, reluctantly pulled away.
“I’m already very late for work, beautiful. It’s time to be up and away, though I could wish it was the weekend already,” he murmured regretfully.
“We will have plenty of time, my handsome one, have no worry on that account. But, you are right; the day passes quickly and I must continue my search.” Rowena sighed as she sat up and prepared to dress and leave.
“You guys are really having a hard time finding that crystal, huh?” Feral asked as he too got dressed.
“I don’t understand how in such a large city we would have so much difficulty in obtaining the stone, though I’m beginning to have a suspicion. Your father has somehow gotten wind of what we’re looking for and has made them disappear,” she said pensively.
“Hmm, you may be right. His minions are legion, and it wouldn’t be hard for him to remove all trace of the crystals from here. However, there may be another way…” He paused to think through the possibilities first, then said, “I hate to say this, but perhaps the SWAT Kats could help along with Dr. Sinian. The doctor has contacts all around the world as an archeologist. If she could find a crystal, the SWAT Kats could retrieve it.”
“That is a wonderful idea, and it keeps your father from realizing what we’re doing because he will be focused on my grandfather and I as well as you and, hopefully, fail to remember your other protectors because they haven’t been actively involved recently. Now, how do we contact these parties without letting your father know?” she asked, finished dressing.
“By using Father Sebastian,” Feral said in a burst of brilliance. “He can approach Callie about a church function without arousing suspicion. She, in turn, can go speak with Dr. Sinian because she does that often on other matters. Callie is able to contact the SWAT Kats, which she does often as well. There will be no link to you or I,” he said triumphantly.
“Perfect! You are brilliant, my love,” Rowena said, grinning, leaning close to give him another kiss.
He grinned happily and returned it. His heart felt lighter, and he knew he could handle the day in a happier state of mind than was his wont for so very long. He helped her put her cloak back on and escorted her out the church door. They traded another brief kiss before she headed for her vehicle and he turned back inside to find Father Sebastian.
Father Sebastian was nervous but determined when he went to see the Deputy Mayor at her office just before lunch. He walked up to her secretary’s desk.
“Oh hello, Father, can I help you?” the secretary asked politely.
“Yes, I need to see Ms. Briggs please. Tell her Father Sebastian must speak with her,” he told her.
“Certainly, Father. If you will wait a moment…” she said with a warm smile and reached for her intercom. “Ms Briggs?” she called. A moment later, a female voice answered. “There’s a Father Sebastian here to see you. He says it’s important.”
“Send him in!” came the quick response.
The secretary stood up and escorted the priest to Ms. Briggs’s door.
Callie got up immediately and met Father Sebastian as he came through the door.
“Has something gone wrong?” Callie asked immediately.
“No, but we do need your assistance. I’ve been sent to make a request that will evade a certain individual’s attention. We fear he has prevented us from finding what we’re looking for, so it was decided that we who have not gotten directly involved might have a better chance of obtaining it,” he said, deliberating speaking vaguely, knowing Callie was aware of the search for the Mandara crystal.
“Ahhh… I see… so, what help can I provide?” Callie asked.
“Dr. Sinian, apparently, has many contacts that could be more helpful in our search. You are being asked to see her about this and have her locate it, then have the SWAT Kats retrieve it,” he told her.
“That’s a fantastic idea! Who thought of that?” Callie said in pleased surprise.
Father Sebastian smiled and said, “Our angel.”
Callie’s eyes widened. “You’re kidding. He suggested the SWAT Kats! Now I’ve heard everything. I’m glad to see he’s dropped his animosity finally,” she said with a relieved smile.
“He understands the seriousness of his situation and has learned to tolerate many things he normally didn’t and for that we can be very grateful. Now I have discharged my duty. Good luck on your part,” Father Sebastian said warmly, preparing to leave.
“Thank you. I’ll get right on it today,” Callie assured him, seeing him out.
Turning back to her desk, she quickly picked up her phone and called Dr. Sinian. She asked to see her as soon as she was available. Abby suggested a place that actually had a church nearby where they could take their lunch and be sitting on holy ground to talk. Callie thought that was an excellent idea, and they made plans to meet at one p.m.
At one o’clock, Callie met Abby outside a small deli. They ordered lunch and carried it toward a small church courtyard next to an ancient cemetery. No one was buried here anymore, but it had a long history and had many church bishops buried in its grounds. They settled on a cement bench.
“Actually, this is kinda nice,” Callie said as she opened her sandwich and took a bite.
“Yes. It has a certain peaceful quality to it, and I enjoy coming here once and a while,” Abby said with a smile as she ate her sandwich.
They spoke of inconsequential things while they finished their lunch. They got down to serious business when they were drinking their lattes.
“Here’s the deal, Abby. We need to find a Mandara crystal. Apparently, our enemy has learned of our need and has succeeded in making any in the city vanish, so our angel suggested we have you use your contacts in other countries to try to locate one. When you do, the SWAT Kats will be sent to retrieve it,” Callie explained.
“Ahh… I see. Hmm… I can think of one or two contacts that might have what we need. I’ll call as soon as I get back in my office. Don’t worry, Callie, if there’s one out there, I’ll find it. When I do, I take it, I should call you back?” she asked, finishing her latte.
“Yes! Thanks, Abby. I’ll be waiting for your call. Hope it’s real soon; I have a bad feeling we are fast running out of time,” Callie said worriedly.
Abby nodded, and they both left the courtyard and parted for their own vehicles. Now, it was just a waiting game until Dr. Sinian found what they needed.
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