bradford harper

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He had only shared a nod in their general direction, his eyes not once falling upon Lita. He had never truly leered at any of his victims before, but at least he had wanted to see their faces, wanted to hear the piteous cries they made just before they took their final breathes. Once again he was reminded of how distinctly different all of this was. He had been made into a reluctant assassin and for someone who didn’t truly deserve to die at his hands.

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Looking back on it now, she could feel nothing but contempt. While it had felt like something standable at the time, by the end of the night it had digressed into something that she couldn’t describe and also didn’t like. That was either what Evander was feeling now or he really just couldn’t stand being around the trio because from the moment they’d boarded the express, his eyes hadn’t met hers one single time.

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“Survival tip number one,” she began to read seriously. “All adventures must be supervised by a mature, responsible adult who understands the risks involved.” She paused for a moment taking in every one of them, herself included, not quite sure if they passed the test or not. “This person is trained in and committed to the compliance with the seven points of the Basic Safety Adventure Procedure.” Her eyes went from Bradford fumbling with his teacup to Evander staring stonily out the window. “…I’m the adult here.”

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He knew what was being done now. The more annoyed Evander appeared, the more brooding he did; the more he would look as if nothing was wrong or out of place. He had a feeling that it might not be a complete act. It was easy to detach yourself from a group when you detached yourself from everyone else on a daily basis, but with Bradford it wasn’t anything like that. He was known for his ease in a crowd and at the moment, that was something that was genuinely working against him.

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She didn’t really want to talk about anything and that was generally a problem when one was friends with Bradford. Not only was he the most talkative person in the world, but he wanted to talk about everything under the sun and if someone dared to make it clear that they didn’t want to talk about something, they could be sure that that is what Bradford would bring up.

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Maybe she was blinded by her need, but Bradford didn’t have the luxury of seeing these people how he wanted to see them. He knew Thorfinn crossed lines. He knew the man had done something unforgivable and something Brad would do nearly anything to keep Liv from discovering. For someone as strong as Liv was, it stunned him to know just how fragile she could be.