"I just need to grab… something. Stay here and feel at home," Katherine told Damien after he handed her the bugs. Then she went to the dining table with Styles to examine the tiny devices.
Damien briefly scanned the luxurious living room of Katherine's apartment. While his ears remained alert to any possible threats around them given their current situation, his eyes wandered around, surveying the large space and the amazing view from her balcony—which was similar to the one in his pool area from the floor above.
A water bottle was on the coffee table — the same one Katherine brought that morning when he saw her run outside their building. Damien almost bumped into her while he was taking Bear out for a walk. He had to hold Bear's leash tightly when the fluffball somehow recognized Katherine from a distance and started barking and pulling him towards where Katherine was headed. It had been more than two months since Bear last saw his mommy yet he still recognized her.
While Damien wasn't looking, Styles had checked the tiny metal things and confirmed with Katherine that it was indeed a listening device and a tracker — more importantly, it was from Shadow. Just like what she had thought, it was likely to have more than one on them due to its small size and the possibility that it would fall off if it wasn't attached properly.
"So, how do you like my new place?" Katherine's voice brought Damien back to earth and when he turned to her, he saw that she was trying to shake her hair off with her fingers as though she was trying to make sure nothing was trapped in it.
Katherine combed her hair with her fingers from roots to tips just in case there was any on her before she started to search her own body.
When Damien didn't answer, she looked at him and raised a brow, wondering why he was only staring back at her.
"It's great. Your place is really nice." Damien walked towards her as she started to unzip the back of her dress. His hand flew to her wrist, stopping her from what she was about to do in front of the nerd. He furrowed his brows and gave her a look as though he was asking her: "What the hell do you think you're doing?"
As if Styles already understood Damien's silent question, he quickly showed him his tablet with a note that said: "We need to find all the bugs and destroy them."
Damien exchanged a quick look with Styles before he shifted his gaze to Katherine who just dropped the two bugs they found on him to the floor. She raised her knee and with force, she was about to smash the bugs with her heel when Damien suddenly yanked her towards him with brute force, stopping her from crushing the devices.
"You're very impatient, love… Let's take it slow," he said in a voice so low above her ear, even Styles gulped.
Katherine was stunned by what just happened. Damien steadied her on her feet and grabbed the tablet from Styles, typing quickly.
[There might be more on me or you. They'll get suspicious if two got crushed while others are still on. They need to be destroyed at the same time like an accident.]
When Styles and Katherine read his text, the two of them realized what could have happened. Katherine had always been rash. She was a great agent of Shadow but she had always been a follower—not a leader. Only following orders and executing them according to the plan. She was not as good as Damien when it came to strategies.
He was right. But how were they supposed to do that? They only found two bugs and were not sure if there were more. Because of how tiny the device was, it would take them a really long time to find it.
"Ahh… is that what you want? Slow? But what do you want to do?" Katherine asked as she pointed to the bugs on the floor.
The two men looked from left to right, wondering what they could do. Styles tapped their shoulders and gestured towards the penthouse's pool out in the balcony.
Katherine immediately grabbed Damien towards the pool saying, "I know! Why don't we take a dip in the pool?"
It was cold outside at this time of the year! What was she talking about dipping? "Honey, I don't think that's a great idea." Damien stopped but Katherine was adamant in pulling him.
"Come on, it will be fun. Please?"
Soon, the three of them were right next to the pool. Katherine didn't waste any time and had already started to remove her shoes. Then she reached for the back zipper of her dress. She planned to just toss her clothes into the water. "Take off your clothes…" she told him just when her fingers touched the back zipper.
However, Damien stopped her hand again. 'Why does she keep trying to strip in front of another man?!'
Katherine did not understand what he was doing. "Do you want to undress me yourself?" She gritted her teeth and reached for her zipper again.
Styles watched the two of them unnecessarily fighting each other like children. He sighed, scratching his head with his tablet and waited for them to grow up.
Damien was exasperated. Couldn't she just jump in the water with her clothes on? In his third attempt of stopping Katherine from stripping, the two of them struggled and she subconsciously pushed him back. She was already getting annoyed, not understanding why he was being difficult. The next thing she knew, Damien was already at the edge of the pool and her little push caused him to slip and tip backwards, pulling her along with him.
The two of them yelped and before they knew it, they were already submerged in the water.
Styles, who was only the spectator during the entire thing, could only shake his head. "Kids," he muttered as he strolled back inside the penthouse to get them some towels. He had just taken a nap and dreamt about bunnies when he received Katherine's message. And now this happened. Why couldn't his day ever be quiet?