He ever offer to walk you home?" "I've never asked, " Cath said quickly. "I've never asked you either." "That's true, " Levi said. More quiet. More cold. The air stung Cath's throat when she finally spoke again. "So maybe you shouldn't." "Don't be ridiculous, " Levi said. "That wasn't my point.
That grip tightened again but this time he started rubbing his first two fingers against her neck in a soft little rhythm. The action was almost erotic. Or maybe that was just the effect he was having on her. She could feel his gentle stroking all the way to the pulsing point between her legs. Maybe she had mental issues that this man was turning her on. He leaned closer, skimming his mouth against her jawline and she froze. Just completely, utterly froze. 'Are you meeting Tasev?' he whispered. She'd told herself to be prepared for this question, to keep her reaction under wraps, but he came to his own conclusion if his savage curse was anything to go by. Damn it, Wesley was going to be pissed at her, but Levi had been right. She had operational latitude right now and she needed to keep Levi close. They needed to know what he knew and what he was planning. Trying to shut him out now, when he was at the party specifically to meet the German, would be stupid. Levi had stayed off their radar for two years because he was good. Of course Wesley hadn't exactly sent out a worldwide manhunt for him either. About a year ago he'd decided to more or less let him go. Now... 'I met with the German earlier tonight. He squeezed me in before some of his other meetings.' Levi snorted, his gaze dipping to her lips once more, that hungry look in place again. It was so raw and in her face it was hard to ignore that kind of desire and what it was doing to her. 'I can understand why.' Even though Levi didn't ask she decided to use the latitude she had and bring him in on this. They had similar goals. She needed to bring Tasev down and rescue a very important scientist-if he was even the man who'd sent out an emergency message to Meghan/Wesley-but that didn't mean she couldn't let Levi have Tasev once she'd gotten what she needed. 'I'm meeting with Tasev tomorrow night.' At her words every muscle in Levi's lean, fit body stilled. Before he could respond, she continued, 'I'll make you a deal. You can come with me to the meeting-if we can work out an agreeable plan-but you don't kill him until I get what I want. I have less than a week. Can you live with that time line?' She was allowed to bring one person with her to the meeting so it would be Levi-if he could be a professional and if Wesley went for it. And of course, if Tasev did. They had a lot to discuss before she was on board one hundred percent, but bringing along a seasoned agent-former agent-like Levi could be beneficial. Levi watched her carefully again, his gaze roaming over her face, as if he was trying to see into her mind. 'You're not lying. Why are you doing this?' 'Because if I try to shut you out you'll cause me more problems than I want to deal with. And I don't want to kill you.' Those dark eyes narrowed a fraction with just a hint of amusement-as if he knew she couldn't take him on physically. 'And?