My finest trick?
Convincing you I've forgotten.
Names on a list.
Faces in a crowd...
One little girl.
He told me to get over it, let it go.
I can't do that.
I want them to pay.
I realize it's Shooter, and I scoot back again, on my guard. Our eyes lock, but she's unarmed. She's not here to hurt me. Still, I watch her.
My hunger is momentarily abated and I'm ready if she tries anything. "Why are you doing this?"
She shrugs, stepping to the side and looking around my small prison. "We're the same. We're killers, hackers...I've watched you for years, tracked you. You're one of the best."
"Thank you." It's a tight reply. All my muscles are tense, ready to react.
"I consider myself one of the best."
I nod, taking another bite of food. "Noted."
Turning on her heels, she crosses her arms and faces me, frowning as if she's trying to figure out a complex problem. "Why did you do it?"
"Why did you kill those men? They were lowlifes, criminals with no connections, no payoff." She takes another step, studying me. "You're clearly smart. Why take a chance like that? Why gamble your freedom for no reward? Are you an adrenaline junkie?"
"You want to know why I didn't just hack into a bank and steal a bunch of money. Move to Indonesia and live like a queen on an island in the south Pacific?"
"Basically yes. You could do that."
My eyes move from my hands clasped in my lap up my arms where tiny silver scars stripe my skin." Being a hacker didn't come first for me. I became a hacker so I could find the men who raped me when I was thirteen."
Shooter's arms move. She tightens them higher over her chest, but she doesn't interrupt me. She wants me to keep going, so I do.
"We ran away from New Orleans to escape our abusers. We ran all the way to France...but I couldn't escape what happened to me."
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