Firebird- Part Eight

Firebird copyright (c) 2006 T.A. Chase

Part Eight-

Vlatko shook his head. “You’re persistent.”

“That’s why I’m so good at what I do.” Rue gave him a wink.

“Let’s go get dressed.” Vlatko headed back to his hut after gathering up the towels and soap.

“Then you’ll tell me why you’re here and not in some I.U.M. prison.” The thief walked beside him with a loose stride.

“Maybe.” Vlatko didn’t want to go into the whole reason why he chose to desert. He didn’t really want to relive that life-changing moment when he realized he couldn’t be a solider anymore.

“Maybe? Hey, I told you the truth about stealing the President’s Heart. Give and take here. I give you something. You give me something in return.” Rue glanced at him. “What’s for breakfast?”

“You already had your breakfast.” He leered at the man. Opening the hut’s door, he gestured for Rue to go in ahead of him. He reached out and pinched the guy’s ass as he went by.

“You know I shouldn’t let you get away with that. You shouldn’t be able to touch me without giving me something in return.” Rue frowned.

Vlatko laughed. “So now you want to negotiate. We’re bartering sex for my secrets.” He stopped to think about it for a second. “Not sure it’d be worth it from my point of view.”

“Not worth it? I fucking blew your mind out there.” Rue’s outrage was cute.

He rubbed a thumb over the frown between Rue’s eyes. “Yes, you did, little thief, but I have a problem sharing my secrets with a man I’ve just met.”

“But no problem with sharing your body?” Rue threw himself down on the cot, crossed his arms and glared at Vlatko.

Vlatko had been in the middle of pulling out plates and pots to make breakfast. He turned to stare at Rue. “Did I miss something? When did you turn into a woman?”

“What the hell?” Rue looked offended.

“We had sex, but we didn’t declare our undying love for each other. Why this need to know my deepest darkest secrets? You don’t see me pushing you to tell me your life story.” Vlatko cracked a couple of eggs into the frying pan.

Rue sighed. “You’re right. I tend to get this way after I’ve gotten close to getting caught and maybe dying.” The thief stood behind him and wrapped those skinny arms around his waist. “You don’t have to tell me anything, Vlatko. I do know how to just fuck.”

He scrambled the eggs and slid them on some plates while he thought about his past. He’d never wanted to tell anyone why he chose the path he took.

“Go sit down.” He waved towards his small table with two chairs. “Would you like water or something stronger to drink? I don’t have visitors very often so I don’t have much.”

Rue tugged on one of Vlatko’s shirts and went to sit. “Water’s fine.”

Vlatko set a plate and a glass in front of Rue and then joined the thief. “Do you pay attention to the news?” He pushed the eggs on his plate around with his fork.

Rue moaned around the first forkful of eggs. “Sure I do. I need to keep up with possible jobs and to see if someone might be talking about me.” Rue shoveled another mouthful. “Where the hell did you get real eggs?”

Vlatko chuckled. “I told you this was a primitive planet. They grow most of their food.”

“No wonder you stay here.” Rue’s glance shot over to Vlatko’s plate.

“Here. I’m not hungry.” He shoved his plate across the table. Leaning back, he played with his glass while watching Rue eat. “About four years ago, there was a big dust-up in the news about a high-level I.U.M. officer being shot in cold blood by one of his subordinates.”

Rue stopped chewing for a second, staring at him. “I remember. It was around the same time I boosted the Rouge diamond from the museum on Ecofo.”

“So that was you. I always wondered.” He added ‘ballsy’ to his mental list of traits Rue had.

“Yep. Got a pretty penny for the bauble when I sold it. So were you the subordinate who pulled the trigger?” There didn’t seem to be any worry on Rue’s face or in his voice.

“No. I’m the assassin the I.U.M. sent after the subordinate to kill him. The official word was dead or alive, but unofficial, I had to kill him.” Vlatko’s words were flat and cold.

8 Responses “Firebird- Part Eight”

  1. T.A.Chase says:

    Great pic, isn’t it? 🙂 I thought it fit in a little with Vlatko’s being a soldier.

  2. Anonymous says:

    okay I definetly enjoy Rue and Vlatko, but that picture today is priceless. 🙂

  3. T.A.Chase says:

    lol..we all like ballsy, Paige.

  4. Paige Burns says:

    i like ballsy. 😉

  5. T.A.Chase says:


    Yeah…I think Vlatko’s past will be tough, but he’s doing his best to move on and make a different life for himself. Or so it seems at the moment.

  6. Celia Kyle says:

    Definitely more fun. *g* Still loving Vlatko, though I’m worried about what the poor guy might have had to do.


  7. T.A.Chase says:

    So do I, SW. This story doesn’t have the overwhelming emotions in it that AE did. This one has a lighter more fun touch, I think.

  8. S. W. Vaughn says:

    Oooh, how exciting! I like these guys. 🙂

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