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She didn’t kiss me back though, but it shut her up.

She looked up at me, into my eyes, confused. Perhaps she saw what I felt for her, yes; she did. She knew then that I was hopelessly in love with her.

I took her hand in mine.

” Listen”, I put on my calm, rational tone,” I know you are scared but I need you to do this. For me.”

She took her hand away from mine and took a step back.

I tried not to keep my face impassive, but my ego was hurt.

“Bob!” Her face said it all. Ah unrequited love, you are an old friend.

I took a deep breath,”Listen…I want you to enroll for the witness protection program. You are too young…too..too…perfect…too amazing to put yourself under such a big risk.”

She shook her head.” I don’t care. I’m sorry. I don’t…maybe if I die, its for the best. I have nothing to live for. I’m not afraid. I’m sorry…but this is the way I am.”

I stared at her, shocked and angry. Another face flashed past my eyes. Marianne. My first case. A girl I had failed to protect. I looked at Celeste again, wondering why I had to go through this again. She’d turned her back on me and had started walking away.

Why Celeste?

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