Sophie snaps herself out of it and tries to laugh it off and throw the budding secret agent off track…..
Sophie: “What? Ha. Ha. Don’t be silly. I’m not crushing on anybody.”
Brad: “Right, so you just zone out for no good reason.”
Sophie: “It’s math, you know how much I hate it. I’m a musician. I’m never gonna use it so why do I have to learn it?”
Brad: “Well actually Sophie, math is in music. You just don’t know
you’re using it. There is frequency and pitch, they both use complex
math and you’re figuring it out in your head as you go along. There is
also the circle of fifth….”
Sophie’s eyes start to glaze over as Brad drones on and on….
“Stop, Brad! You’re gonna make me hate music and then what will I do?
I’ll have nothing left! I’ll be forced to turn to a life of crime…..”
Sophie meets Brad at the library after school, just like she’s been doing for years. She hugs him….just like she’s been doing ever since she first met him.
Except this is the first time she’s seen him since she became a teen….
He wrapped his arms around her in a friendly hug and she realized how muscular he was, how nice he smelled, the feel of his stubble against the side of her cheek made her skin tingle….
Pulling away, Sophie stared at him.
Brad: “You alright, brat? You look goofy.”
Sophie shook it off as her face turned red: “Uh, yeah. Fine. Let’s get this done with so I can go do something fun.”
Heading inside, Sophie felt awkward for the first time around him. Things had changed, not with him obviously because he still saw her as that fearless 10 year old. The one who intrigued him because she was so confident and strong at such a young age.
Brad is 26 to her 16, she’s like a bratty kid sister to him.
A little later on the same day before Sophie leaves for school, she gets a second text….
Brad is her
next door neighbor, she’d met him for the first time when she was 10
and he was 18. He had been impressed by her fearlessness and had
decided that she’d be a perfect candidate for the criminal mentor
So, he had been grooming her. Bringing her into the fold, as it were.
he’d started seeing her as a kid sister and realized that she was too
good for a life of crime. Once he had started thinking that about her?
He started thinking that about himself! He’d made a career change a
couple of years ago.
The agency had been impressed by him and had
offered him a position. He’d gone from breaking the law….to still
breaking the law but with permission! He was on the Super Villain track
of the Secret Agent career.
He was also Sophie’s math tutor. An
evil genius, Brad found most intellectual things easy and was helping
Sophie through her intense hatred of math.
They meet once a week at the local library so he could go over her math work and help her out.