Interview with Mick O’Leary
(“Kitten’s” kickboxing coach and friend)
Athena: Thanks for coming in Mick.
Mick: Let’s just cut the formality and get to it. I don’t have much time.
Athena: Right. So we can get the readers up to speed, can you tell me about your relationship with Kitten?
Mick: I’m her kickboxing coach. Been whooping her ass into shape for 6-7 months now.
Athena: She any good?
Mick: My grandma hits harder than her and her kick is weak as knat’s piss… but she’s got grit that kid does. All and all, she ain’t bad.
Athena: So. *clears throat* It’s been three days since Kitten disappeared. How are you feeling?
Mick: How the f**k do you think I’m feeling? I’m losing my damn mind. Feel as useful as tits on a bull.
Athena: Do you have any idea where or why she’s gone?
Mick: If I did I’d be there lookin’. But ain’t no doubt, it’s got something to do with Caden Thaine.
Athena: Who’s Caden?
Mick: *snorts* Who’s Caden. Nobody knows who Caden is. Not even she does. But I can bet you any money he’s got something to do with her disappearing.
Athena: But I thought they were seeing each other.
Mick: *shakes head* They are… were… I don’t know. I f**kin’ wish I did.
Athena: You sound like you look out for her.
Mick: Somebody’s got to. She usually calls me when she needs… help.
Athena: Help? What kind of help?
Mick: *eyes dart around the room* Help that you can’t ask the cops for, if you know what I mean.
Athena: Just in case she’s reading this, is there anything you want to say to her?
Mick: Yeh. If you’re listening kid, you get on the phone right now and call me so I can yell at you for not calling sooner and putting an old man out of his misery. Some people are worried ‘bout ya or something.
Athena: Okay. Thanks again for coming in Mick.
Our love is on his terms. He contacts me only through notes − unpredictable and untraceable. When we meet, he can touch me, but I’m not allowed to touch him. When we make love, it’s only after I have been bound and blindfolded. It’s the only time I truly feel alive. Which is why I play along with it. For now.
Caden Thaine is the most sinfully beautiful man I have ever seen. But more than that, his touch sets me on fire. And dear God, do I ache for him. I don’t know where he lives or even what he does. But this doesn’t scare me. My only fear is that one day his messages will stop.
I know he’s hiding something. But that’s okay. I am hiding things too. Like my real name and... who I really am. But the deeper I fall for him, the stronger my curiosity becomes.
I could never have imagined just how much our lives are bound. And that pulling at his tangled web of secrets would cause my own dark past to come back to try and reclaim me. Will we survive? Will our love?
After leaving school she agreed with everyone who said she needed to get a degree and a real job to become a proper adult. She kept writing as a hobby. After starting (and never finishing) several degrees and switching from multiple careers, she finally decided that being a real adult was overrated. In 2012, she sold everything, moved to Europe and began to write full-time.
Eternally restless, Hanna has lived in Indonesia, Australia, Germany and Scotland. She is currently residing in England.
She is addicted to coffee and chocolate and would one day like to own a dragon.
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