Semper Mine (Chapter Four: Katya, page 2 of 11)


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Captain Mathis gives me a warning look in the rearview mirror. "Fifteen clicks."

I don't exactly know what a click is, but I'm assuming it's some military way of measuring distance. I do know that the asshole driving us would dump me on the side of the road in a heartbeat. If there's one thing I sense about him, it's that he doesn't give idle threats.

I stare out the window, clamping my mouth closed.

Petr twists to glance at me. "First time for everything," he says, impressed.

Biting my tongue, I lean forward and slap him on the back of the head.

He laughs. "Captain Sawyer Mathis, meet my sister, Katya."

"We met at your brother's funeral," Captain Mathis says quietly. "She slapped me."

"Katya!" Petr exclaims.

I ignore them both.

"No worries. Like a mosquito bite. Barely felt it," Captain Mathis replies.

Get your jabs in now, jackass. The minute I'm out of the truck …

"Choking down the cookies she sent was worse."

I gasp, staring at him.

"Ex-nay on the ookies-cay," Petr says, laughing too hard. "They were a nice thought, Kitty-Khav. We all appreciated them."

Hurt, I glare at Captain Mathis. I'm tempted to slap the back of his head, too, but something tells me he's more likely to go ninja on me than my brother will. I'll settle for making his life hell this week, since we'll all be spending it together.

There's nothing wrong with my cookies. Baba loves them. He's the one always encouraging me to send them overseas to help cheer up deployed soldiers. I guess I shouldn't be surprised a man with a nickname like Iceman doesn't like cookies. He probably steals candy from kids and tells five year olds there's no such thing as the Easter Bunny.

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