Michael looked pissed, to say the least.
“You hacked into the mainframe?”
“I merely accessed it without proper permission, that’s all,” Zachariel shrugged, typing out a set of commands on an imaginary keyboard on the glass wall of the temporary holding cell.
“So in essence, you hacked into the MAINFRAME?”
“If you want to call it by such a term, then yes, I did hack into the mainframe. But I only just logged in and then I immediately logged out. I didn’t even look at any confidential information or anything, so I think arresting me is a bit extreme, really–”
Zachariel and Michael turned as one.
The man cleared his throat. “Zachariel Lamb. The one that accessed the Mainframe.”
Zach shot a smug glance at Michael before he turned to the man. He was older, mid forties, maybe, and dressed in a suit as bespoke as Michael’s. He was sexy. “Yeah, that’s me.”
The man stepped forward, returning Zach’s gaze with just as much intensity. “I’m Richard Kress, Director of Information Security.”
“Ooh. Nice. Was it your team’s work that I poked holes into three hours ago?” Zach cocked his head a little and smiled his best I’m-a-brat-but-you-love-me-anyway smile. “I didn’t mean any harm. I was just proving a point.”
Richard smiled. “Yes, it looked like no data had been modified or copied. May I ask what the point was that you were proving?”
Zach grinned. “That there isn’t a challenge I can’t win.”
Michael muttered in the background.
“My, you’re a driven one, aren’t you?” Richard chuckled. Zach saw it clear as day in his aristocratic face: desire.
Naturally, he played up to it, cocking his hip and lowering his eyes, affecting coyness. “Maybe.”
Richard smiled appreciatively and retrieved his phone from his coat pocket. “I’d like to offer you an internship position with my office. We can discuss how exactly you bypassed all the security firewalls, and make sure that it doesn’t happen again, yes?”
Since Zach’s phone had been seized when he got dragged into the lock up, Richard transferred his contact card to Michael’s phone.
“I look forward to seeing you on Monday, Zachariel.” Richard smiled and turned to leave.
Zach panicked. “Hey, aren’t you going to tell them to release me?”
The older man laughed and shook his head. “You did commit a crime, young man. You’re working with us instead of serving a sentence, but your brother still has to bail you out.” With one last smirk and a wave, he was walking out of the room.
“No hoverboard for the next six months,” Michael grumped as he looked at his phone, presumably telling a client he was going to be late for a meeting because he had to help out family. “And restricted infonet access for the next three.”
Zach would have protested, but he chose to let it go, focusing instead on his memory of Richard’s broad shoulders and tapered waist. He couldn’t wait to start working with him.
The image used is for illustration only. The image does not belong to me.
This story is part of the Indelible Universe, and takes place before book 1 and 2. Book 1, Scar, can be accessed here. The second book, Stain, will be out sometime in late 2016 🙂
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