I had been becoming increasingly bored with the day-to-day Close Protection jobs over the past few months. The firm´s investigation and intelligence team were so damn good that I had only been required to clear my Sig Sauer P226 once in the past year, and the sight of it sighted directly between their eyes had been enough to stop the target in mid stride. Sure, there had been a little bit of argy-bargy with protesting types, but nothing that any half decent bodyguard could not have handled. And a little “negotiating” with the security at strip clubs, brothels and lap dancing clubs. But the client´s cash took care of that without a lot of help from me. So, all in all, something different sounded like it was what I needed. I had no way of knowing how it would be my last body guarding job. Nor how much my life would change in the next couple of weeks.
The fun and games started when I was told where to meet her. Apparently I had not been specially chosen for the job due to my skills, charm, good looks or intelligence. I had been chosen because I was closest. Which made me feel special, naturally. I was to meet up with the client in Tenerife, which was not on our usual list of destinations, but what the hell. What was more than a little strange was where I was to meet her. Not at the airport or a hotel. Not even a restaurant or a bar. No, I was to go and meet here at a Tenerife sex club. Where, apparently, she was staying as a guest of honour or something. Whatever, really. The job was the job and at least looking after some woman who was too old or unappealing to work as an escort anymore would be an experience.
It turned out that only one part of that sentence was true.
The following day after a tedious three hour flight jammed between an overweight sweaty woman from Liverpool and a skinny Spanish guy who smelled as though he bathed in paella I was on the ground and ready to start the job. Just as a hint, never fly in an orange plane or with anyone who sounds a fucking bugle when they land. But the sun was warm, and the island spectacular. Warm beaches and palm trees and a volcanic peak that athletes use for their winter training. They can swim in the sea in the morning, and then run to the top of the volcano and cool down in the snow.