“Promise me that you won’t pry? That you will only watch? Promise?”
He still cared.
Well, she already knew that…but hearing the concern in his gruff voice still had an effect. That warm feeling had been gone so long that she had a hard time realizing where it was coming from. It was only after she told Ryan what she had learned about Thompson Industries’ problems that she realized she was looking for his approval. And he seemed so pleased with the information.
Well, at least he’d tried… Ryan was always terrible at lying to her, and while his face had Changed, his eyes still gave him away. He’d already known everything she told him, and more, but he’d pretended it was news, just for her. And then he’d wanted her to stay safe. Trying to protect her, even when he couldn’t be there himself.
Ryan clearly thought that Renraku was behind TI‘s troubles. Or at least someone other than MCT. She could look into the details of the various sabotage and thefts, like Ryan had suggested. But there were other sources of information that she could draw on too. No more passive victim. In his own way, Ryan had encouraged her to be more than Hideki’s little girl-toy. It was time to start standing up for herself.
She triggered her commlink to send a request that her father’s secretary schedule her in for dinner later in the week. She then left messages with Maya and several other friends. She had a network of contacts too…
She gazed out the windscreen of her car, admiring the way the rain softened the hard glare of the neon and halogen. Making the city seem less harsh and unforgiving.
When she had left the casino, she had wanted so badly to just kiss him again. But her new-found courage hadn’t been up to that risk. Not yet.
Tina pulled into the access ramp for her condo building, the car’s RFID triggering the gate to open. The drumming of the rain cut off as the sports car entered the secure garage, the sudden silence punctuating the young woman’s determination.
As the gate closed, the black sedan, having shadowed her since leaving the casino, quietly accelerated away.