Mary was quite fastidious about her work, never missing even the slightest detail. This is what enamoured her to clients in her line of work, there was no margin for error at all. The service she offered was quite unique for a lady in her position. She was very much in demand, finding a niche in an ever growing market.
Her clients were very discreet and from all walks of life. She never advertised yet was always in demand, which gave her the ability to be quite selective with her jobs. Mary was a lady of many talents and skills acquired over many years. She was living her best life.
No one would know, or have any inclination of what made her tick. She’d managed to keep her early life a closely guarded secret. Mary was a highly trained professional, her specialised role had given her a unique set of skills that out in the civilian world were quite useful to those prepared to pay for them.
She enjoyed domestic life, which was the perfect cover. Mary ran a tight ship and kept the home fires stoked while her husband Mike, a hard working and honest tradesman grew his business. She loved Mike, but he was unaware of her past, there were things he didn’t need to know. She doted on her daughters and was actively involved in her school community. To the outside world she was meek and mild, a very affable and hospitable housewife.
When FedEx dropped off the regular packages, her husband didn’t even flinch. Thinking it was just more online shopping, he would kiss her affectionately. “As long as you are happy my love, I’m happy” Mike would say as he grabbed a beer from the fridge and sat down to watch TV after his day.
Earlier that month, she had received the brief for her next job. This one would be challenging as there were some very specific requests, but Mary relished this. The client, a wealthy heiress from the social set, had plenty of money and a lot of pent up resentment.
He was a middle aged banker with a very predictable routine. His wife became aware of his numerous indiscretions, but she had reached the end of her tether. Times, dates and his itinerary were all provided, along with photographs of lewd conduct with his mistress. Mary began her preparations.
Checking in on Mike who was still fast asleep on the couch, Mary made ready. She needed to be back in time for the school run as it was her turn to help in the classroom tomorrow. She picked up her black camo bag hidden in the back of her wardrobe and methodically checked all of its contents: gloves, ropes, duct tape, zip ties, hydrochloric acid and ammunition.
It was time for Mary to go to work
.© T. Zerafa 2023
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