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A yacht party? It's not exactly the ideal location to get information from the guy, but at least Gavin was experienced in events like this. Obnoxious parties were his expertise. He can't count the number of events he'd attended to represent his family, and schmoozing was something he'd gotten quite good at. [b "Even if we don't find anything, at least there'll be food and drinks,"] he answers.
Glancing down at his now dirty clothes, he sighs. [b "I was getting used to wearing comfy clothes."]
Turning on his heel, he marches to their room and starts digging through his closet. Crisp blue trousers and a fitted white button down will do the trick. Not overly formal, but at least he'll look like he belongs there. These things are usually full of pompous businessmen flaunting their money. No doubt they'll be looking for new blood to sink their talons in to. Especially if he can't speak the language. [b "Anything I should know before we get there?"] he casts a glance her way while he checks himself over in the mirror.
The last thing Gavin wants is to blow this by not being well-versed with information regarding Owen. They would have to think on their feet for the other party guests, but if he ends up alone with Owen, he wants to at least be able to handle himself as well as she can.
Serena isn’t liking any of this. Not anymore. It’s beginning to annoy her. Maybe them finding a place like this was too easy. Maybe it was planned? Maybe she messed it up by visiting her families place and coming back as Mia… [#af18ae “They are. It would ease our mind.”] She said getting on her laptop, [#af18ae “Remind me to make your laptop more secure later.”] She said typing in the speed of light.
They never received any big amount of money or received the same amount of money within a year. That is good. Apparently, Oliva gave birth a few days ago. Thank god. She was huge! One two of the business stuck out a bit. It’s hard to tell what is going on. She’s going to need to dig deeper into both of them and maybe even hack into them. She went so deep into the family’s history she knows about both their great, great grandparents! Serena sighs. [#af18ae “They are clean. Except for Olivia’s great grandpa. He is wanted for multiple murder. Too bad that they didn't have technology back then. I could’ve gone deeper…”] She got up to get something to drink, [#af18ae “But two things stuck out. A charity group and a business firm.”] She adds while getting something to drink. [#af18ae “They have exchanged money about four times within three years. Loads of money.”] She couldn’t help but think about Owen. Not because he’s a good lucky womanizer, but because he did help them. He could’ve leaked anything out. [#af18ae “I think we should visit Owen. Maybe he knows something.”] she quietly adds.
Serena started to looking into Owen. Owen Salem. Married to, now, seven ladies. A dozen kids. He did receive three big amounts of money. Two accounts were impossible to track. She isn’t going to stop trying to track it, though. [#af18ae “He’s attending a yacht party tonight. Shall we crash it? Just know we may have to swim out of there if things get sour…”] There is also going to be a lot of Portuguese chatting. Poor Gavin is going to be clueless!
Gavin follows her lead and starts ripping his things apart, looking for any kind of disturbance that shouldn't be there. From his clothes to his luggage, he searches every nook and cranny with his flashlight. He even checks the soles of his shoes, but comes up empty.
The cabinets get ransacked, as well as the light fixtures. It only gets more frustrating when nothing comes up. If the house isn't it, what the hell could it be? [b "Yeah, we need to look in to them. If they have ties with anyone and recognize you, we may be royally fucked,"] he runs a hand through his hair in frustration.
Grabbing his laptop, he starts searching the names listed on the paperwork for the house. [b "They're involved in a lot of businesses here. Different committees and things. What do you think?"] he hands the computer over to her for a second opinion.
It would only take one person to screw them over, but it comes down to finding out who that person is. Gavin has no clue the kind of ties their enemies have, and how far their reach goes. They could be screwed no matter where they go. [b "Are they worth looking deeper in to?"]
Serena wasn’t sure how to react with him slamming the car door. It isn’t her car, but it still irritated her. [#af18ae “Until we know more you shouldn’t get all worked up for no reason.”] she said debating on starting the car. She ended up starting the car when he closed his eyes and took off.
[#af18ae “When we get home we need to check everything we brought with us and see if it’s bugged. If nothing is bugged, that is how we are going to know if we’re majorly screwed.”] she said watching everything and everyone as she drove. She didn’t spot see anyone following them. However, to be on the safe side she took a million of turns before getting home.
Once when the car was off she got out. [#af18ae “Ready?”] Serena asked before jogging into the house. She started searching from top to bottom in every room in the house. Every item they have. She couldn’t find anything. At one point she came across the papers to the house. When they couldn’t find anything she sat down on the couch and started reading everything. Word for word. [#af18ae “Nothing. Should we check on the previous owners? Maybe its them?”] She asked setting the papers down.
[i Fuck fuck fuck,] he curses to himself internally. It's looking like their situation has escalated much more than they had thought. He brushes past the people he had previously pushed out of his way and ignores the pissed looks they shoot him.
It takes him a bit to navigate back to the car, but when he finds it, he gets in with a slam of the door. [b "So we just went from fucked to ultra fucked. I'm about ninety-eight percent sure that we're being watched. Some dude was waiting for me when I got out of the store. He took off when I confronted him."]
Running a hand through his hair, he lets his eyes fall closed. [b "I think the repairs to the shop are going to be put on hold for a bit. I'm going to have to search that place from top to bottom. Who knows if they've been watching us since we got here. Or how the hell they know we're here."]
He goes through his head for anything they might have missed. They left their credit cards behind, as well as cell phones. As far as he knew, they had nothing on them that could trace their location. So what the hell was he missing?
Serena slowly ate the croissant. she stood in the car for a few minutes. She got out to throw out the trash. She only scanned the area when she was out of the car. When she got back in it she went back into her own world.
She heard and saw Gavin through her peripheral visions. She didn’t stop looking at the steering wheel. She jumps hearing him curse. She turns her head to see him running away. [#af18ae “What the…”] she didn’t understand what just happened. It took her a while to go back to being herself. She did a U-turn and went to go look for Gavin. She couldn’t find him. Not with all the people walking around. It worried her a little. Because she couldn’t find him, she went back to where she was parked. Well somewhat. She was parked across the street from where she was parked.
The mood is entirely shifted. Both are silent on the drive to the next location, without even the radio providing some comfort. Gavin nods at her to show he heard her, but heads in the opposite direction. The lumber store wasn't particularly busy, but he's skeptical nonetheless. [b "I'm good, thanks,"] he says to the greeter before the man can even get a word out.
He wanders deep in to the store, not even looking for supplies to fix up his shop, but instead for more defensive materials. A privacy fence would take too long, and no doubt draw unwanted attention. Wouldn't hurt to dig some pits on the property and fill them with sharpened pikes, though.
Gavin estimates the amount they'll need, fills the order form, and then starts filling a basket with smaller tools. A few hammers and nail guns for starters. His face must show his emotions, because the cashier can't bring herself to look him in the eye while he pays. He makes sure to decline a home delivery, and instead opts to come back to get the materials, just to be on the safe side.
Before going back to find Serena, he stops by the car to put his bags in the trunk. When he looks up, he notices a man staring at him from across the street. Gavin stands a little straighter, not breaking eye contact. [b "Can I help you?"] he challenges aggressively, not in the mood.
The man gives a smirk, and turns to walk away. [b "I'm fucking talking to you,"] Gavin moves to follow him, breaking in to a run as the other male picks up speed.
The crowds of people coming in and out of stores causes him to slow down a few times, shouldering his way through them to keep an eye on the suspect. [b "Move!"] Gavin bellows, but no one seems to want to listen.
Within a few blocks, he's lost him, left standing on the corner with his jaw clenched and temper flared. [i Shit] he thinks, wondering what the hell they've gotten themselves in to now.
She couldn’t believe what he just said. His reaction was all the proof she needed. She looks at the tony thing in his hand seeing it flash red for a few seconds before he breaks it. Her mouth dropped. Sort of. Her lips parted just a bit. Speechless. For once she was left dumfounded.
[#af18ae “What kind of question is that? I’m beyond amazing. It was one of the first thing I picked up quickly.”] she admits to him. She takes the chip. [#af18ae “It’s different. possibly handmade.”] she points at one of the edges. [#af18ae “Not to mention there’s a signature. We’ll need a magnify glass to see it clearly, but that is definitely a signature.”] Serena puts it in her bra and collects the smashed go pro looking camera.
Serena couldn’t believe what he said next. She trusted her works. She did a background check on all of them before hiring. It’s been ages since she checked on all of them and the bakery. Anything and everything could have been compromised by now. [#af18ae “It is… I need to do a background check on everyone again. They were trustworthy back then. I don’t know about now.”] being with her family made her forget about her businesses. [#af18ae “We should get out of here before we get a visit or a surprise.”] she grabbed two bottles of water before walking to the front. Her face is serious. A million of things running through her head. She’s going to need to get the contract proving she’s the rightful owner of her bakery, get it back and remodel everything. Only to make sure there’s nothing hidden in her store. She’ll say she wants everything to be up to date and secured.
She locks up the store once when they got out. She wasn’t paying much attention to anything. She simply got in the car. All bothered and what not. She drove in silence to their next location. She parked in the open space near a wood shop. It was one of the best ones around. [#af18ae “I’ll be here if you need me.”] she said grabbing anything from the bag to eat it.
As she descends the stairs, Gavin grasps the camera and gives it a sharp tug. It's no bigger than a GoPro, with a tiny antenna sticking out the back. [b "Someone's been waiting for you,"] he grits his teeth, holding up the webcam.
The little red light blinks at them as if to say [i smile]. With a growl, Gavin slams it down on to the counter. It breaks apart with a crunch, and the light dies out. He lifts the receiver chip and examines it. [b "How good are you at tracking? We might be able to lift where this was streaming to. The chip is still intact,"] he tilts it for her to see.
Whatever sense of security he has felt since arriving is gone. Who knows how long the camera had been set up, just waiting to catch a glimpse of her. [b "This is a big fucking problem,"] he rubs a hand over his eyes. [b "Can you vouch for everyone that works here? No one would try to screw you over at this place? This sure as hell isn't a security camera."]
[#af18ae “Tell me about it.”] she mutters back.
There is so much she’s going to need to do in order to restore balance and peace back to her bakeries. Not to mention getting rid of everything negative. With a few tweaks she saved everything on CD… only because she didn’t have a USB drive. Just as she was about to head downstairs she noticed something. There were new things on the bookshelf. Everything was rearranged. There’s always an order. Always. Instead nothing made sense. Everything was scattered. [#af18ae “Coming…”] Serena shouts back after hearing him call out for her.
She immediately turned off the computer and went downstairs. The CD’s were in her hand. She was getting ready to tell him what she found weird upstairs, but his face stopped her. [#af18ae “What’s wrong?”]
Gavin's nerves are on edge from the minute she notices something off. He follows orders without question, looking around for any evidence of disturbance. [b "Okay so security cameras are definitely being added to more spots. I'm not liking this at all,"] he tells her as he moves towards the stairs to the main entrance of the bakery.
His steps are careful and his eyes are peeled for anything that could be out of place. It was oddly silent, despite someone clearly having been in earlier to prepare the fresh pastries and bread that rested in the counter display. Grumbling to himself, Gavin grabs a paper bag and starts filling it with baked goods.
Out of the corner of his eye, he catches a glimpse of a red flash. [b "What the hell..."] he murmurs, dropping the bag on the counter and crouching to get a better look.
[b "Babe? You better come take a look at this!"] he calls out, staring straight at the lens of a miniature camera mounted on the underside of the counter.
[#af18ae “Sounds like a plan boo.”]
It didn’t take long for her to hit the road. On her way to civilization she noticed a weird path. She slows down and points at it. [#af18ae “On our way back we should check that out. Maybe we can check it out later when we get back.”] once when they were further away she drove faster.
Serena wants to get to her bakery. She needs to continue to find out what’s been going on with her bakery. Not to mention she’s a little bit hungry. Something sweet would be amazing right now. She knows Gavin would enjoy something sweet too. It didn’t take long to get to the bakery. She parked in front of her bakery. To her surprise it was close. It should’ve been open by now. Since six as a matter of fact. Spanish people love coffee and something bread like or sweet with their coffee. Not to mention there’s a lot of early birds so it’s a done deal for everyone. She grabs his hand and leads him to the back. Another surprise, there’s a metal gate closing the path.
[#af18ae “Boost me up.”] she whispers.
Once when she was in the other side she looked for anything that would help her pick the lock. It took her a while to find something to pick the lock. It took her even longer to unlock it to let him in. it was easier to lock it though. The girl searched for a hidden spare key she kept outside.
[#af18ae “There’s nothing fishy about my bakery being closed today.”] she said sarcastically.
The place was clean. They had everything baked and ready yet it was closed. She jogs upstairs to check out the surveillance footage. A random guy came in raising hell. She sent herself the video and looks at Gavin. [#af18ae “Want to be fat and grab a few things for the road?”] She's going to do some conning later on tonight.
[b "Let's eat out. I think we can handle indulging ourselves for one day. Besides, I'm tired of cooking. I'll be happy with no dishes for one night. We can hit the bakery first, and then the hardware store. It'll probably take me longer to pick out some of the stuff I'll need,"] he answers from the drivers seat, turning on to the road to take them in to town.
Gavin figures it'll take him quite a bit before he gets used to the claustrophobic feeling that he gets every time they are in town. Everything seems so much closer than back home that it practically felt like he was touching someone wherever he went. It was probably good that they would have crowds to blend in to, but his personal space wasn't something he was overly happy to give up.
[b "I say we buy a castle in Ireland next,"] he mutters. [b "On a secluded cliff with no neighbours, and plenty of room."]
Parking the truck outside of the bakery, he gets out and takes a look around. It was oddly comforting that no one paid them any attention. Still, they can't be too relaxed. [b "Think we should put some security cameras up?"] he murmurs to her as they walk inside, looking for spots they could hide them.
The girl kisses him back. [#af18ae “Serena could wear pink things time to time if you want. Just don’t get used to it.”] she told him with a semi straight face. It was hard to keep a straight face. [#af18ae “But don’t worry I can help you fight guys off this sweet ass.”] she said smiling wickedly.
Serena went to go get the car keys. [#af18ae “Of course. Where should we go first? The wood shop? Bakery? Hardware store?”] she walked outside. Her ankle was already starting to bother her from the run last night wearing the stupid heels. She isn’t going to say anything to Gavin. Not unless it gets worse or it starts to swell.
They got in his car. Just in case they buy a lot of things. His car can carry hold more things than hers. Today shall me a good day dispute her ankle hurting. It would help them keep their minds busy and being sexually active free. Not that she’s complaining, but they do need a break. Once when she started the car she automatically lowered the windows and turned on the AC. It was crazy hot in the car.
[#af18ae “Think we should also eat out? We are out. Even though we weren’t supposed to leave our place for a week.”] she shrugs. [#af18ae “Neither of us has to cook and clean so it’s a win, win.”]
Despite the seriousness of their conversation, Gavin snorts a laugh. [b "Pink? You actually own something that is pink? I gotta see this."]
While she wanders to their room to get ready, he pulls a pair of dark jeans and a charcoal button-down from the suitcase he'd yet to unpack. Ready in less than five minutes, he puts away the rest of the food while he waits. Might as well be useful.
Hearing her voice join him again, he turns and lets out a whistle at her outfit. [b "Holy hell, that's hot,"] he comments with eyebrows raised. [b "I'm going to have to fight off every guy that looks your way."]
Walking towards her, he presses a quick kiss to her lips as he moves past to get his keys. [b "I still like you in your badass clothes though. Much more Serena."]
Seeing as they're already planning on staying out most of the day, he wonders if she'll mind making a little stop on their way home that evening. Maybe some place where they can dance. It might be a while before they can enjoy themselves freely with all of this chaos going on. Better take advantage of their time alone while they can. [b "Do you want to drive? I don't know where you want to go first. We have all day."]
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