They were definitely footsteps. No doubt about it, and getting closer, too. The woman forced herself not to turn around, not to look, even though she desperately wanted to. Her training took over. By maintaining her pace, acting as though she were unaware of her pursuer, she would have the element of surprise when it came time to act.
The sidewalk was clear all the way to the intersection about a quarter of a mile away. There were cars parked along the edge of the sidewalk but no traffic moving along the road, and there wouldn’t be in this neighborhood, not at this time of night.
To her right were brownstone apartments, one after another, no alleys or other cover nearby.
There was nowhere to hide. And then…
She wheeled around into a fighting stance, drawing her weapon from her purse.
“Wait! Don’t shoot!” said the man before her. He was young, tall, well built, wearing black slacks, a white shirt and blazer. Probably ex-military. Most importantly, he appeared unarmed. “The codeword is Idlewild. Idlewild. Don’t shoot.”
Idlewild. Yes, that was the codeword. “Déjà Vu,” she replied, lowering her weapon.
“Affirmative.” Slowly he reached into his jacket and withdrew a small black phone and handed it to her.
She took it and slid her fingers in a pattern across the smooth glass screen before bringing the phone up to her ear. A message started to play. “Good evening, Agent Patton. This is the Producer.”
Her employer had a flair for theatrics.
“Your mission, should you choose to accept it, Agent Patton, is to star opposite Tom Cruise in this winter’s Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol. Please press 1 followed by the pound key if you accept this mission…”
She tapped the virtual keyboard that appeared on the display and returned the phone to her ear.
“Excellent. You have chosen to accept the mission. This phone will self destruct in 5 seconds…”
Haha! I wonder if that’s how Paula got offered the Mission: Impossible job. Something tells me probably not (although it would have been really cool).
Paula Maxine Patton, born December 5, 1975, only started acting seven years ago, after trying her hand at producing and screenwriting. Now she’s making up for lost time with a Tom Cruise blockbuster under her belt.
She and her singer/songwriter husband Robin Thicke, son of actor Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring, started dating when they were teenagers and have a one-year-old son together now.
Kid sure is lucky to have such a talented, beautiful secret agent actress for a mom.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,