The Hannah Carmichael Chronicles
Hannah is a spy, undercover with CGT – a spy agency she thought was good, but turns out, not. Her husband Zeke is helping her navigate the undercover waters, working with the real government. Stephanie, her friend and fellow agent, is also undercover after they discovered this information. Hannah was hot on the trail of her mother, Evelyn Carmichael, who was planning a terrorist attack. When CGT found out it was on a prison building which they control, they stationed Hannah and Stephanie to keep watch. While watching, one of Evelyn’s men was spotted and when Hannah and Stephanie chased after him, they were drugged. What will happen when they wake up? Who has taken them? What do they know?
The smell of musty dirt entered Hannah’s nose and she groaned. Her hands were above her head, tied together. She opened her eyes and they adjusted to the dim lighting.
She sighed, “Again? Really?” Hannah asked quietly. This year alone, she had been taken more, than in the last two years. She rolled her eyes then looked around to see Stephanie on her left. She was tied the same, hands above her head and Hannah moved her leg, kicking her.
“Steph?” She said, waiting for Stephanie to stir. She kicked her again and Stephanie groaned, looking up at Hannah.
“Again? Really?” Stephanie asked in a groggy voice. Hannah tried not to laugh and exhaled.
“Can you loosen your ties?” She asked, attempting her own. Stephanie grunted and squirmed then sighed.
“Nope, you?” she asked. Hannah shook her head and shifted to try and see behind her.
“At least this place isn’t a warehouse.” Stephanie said, snorting. She was right. This room was a small, dirty basement by the looks. A door behind them opened and Hannah stopped moving, feeling the ropes above her loosen just a touch. Heels clicking on the concrete floor grew closer until a woman, around 50 years old, moved in front of them.
She smiled, “Ladies, I wish I could say it was good to see you.”
Stephanie rolled her eyes, “whatever happened to solidarity?” She asked under her breath. The woman before them shifted her gaze to Stephanie and smiled.
“Women in our line of work should be more assertive.” She paused and looked over at Hannah. “Don’t you agree Miss Carmichael?”
Hannah scoffed, “What do you want?” The bite in her tone caused the woman to raise an eyebrow and interlace her hands in front of her.
“We aren’t that different ladies.” She said, as someone behind Hannah shuffled across the room. A man carrying a wooden chair moved behind her and the woman sat down, crossing her legs.
“My name is Amanda,” Amanda smiled. Hannah watched the man step back a few paces and move his jacket aside so his weapon was visible.
“My associate here is ready, if you don’t answer my questions, or do what I want.” Amanda shook her head, “but I’m hoping it won’t come to that.”
Stephanie exhaled loudly, “listen lady, I don’t know just what you think we know, but-“
“Miss Winchester, I’ve read both of your personnel files, so I know that you are aware of more than you would like to admit.”
Hannah tried to stop her eyes from giving away her surprise. Amanda was with CGT.
“If you’re both as good as your file indicates, then you’ve already assumed I’m with CGT. So, you may ask, ‘why the dramatics?’” She paused for a moment.
“You see ladies, we’ve been keeping an eye on you both since Evelyn’s latest,” Amanda lifted her hands, attempting to formulate her next words. “Scheme.”
Hannah cleared her throat,
“Amanda.” She waited until the woman made eye contact, a smile still plastered on her face. “My mother works on her own. We want to stop her from hurting innocent people.”
The slight flinch in Amanda’s face was interesting as Hannah and Stephanie waited.
“Yes. That isn’t our immediate concern. You see, women in this industry aren’t given the recognition they deserve.” She paused and tilted her head, “until I was promoted.” Amanda stood and walked closer to Hannah,
“I would like to have you ladies climb the ranks, but there is a rather large obstacle in the way at the present time.”
Stephanie scoffed, “like what? Tying up your agents just to tell them they have a new job?”
Amanda smiled, her gaze remaining on Hannah.
“You’ve been keeping something from us, and we know your secret.”
Thanks for reading this week’s instalment of the Hannah Carmichael Chronicles! Hannah will be back next week for the next part of her adventure – we both look forward to seeing you there!