“Jesus, Lina. Are you sure about this? We could have Randy…”
“Randy wouldn’t work, it needs to be me. Please don’t shut me out just because I’m a rookie…or a woman.”
Although women in the field weren’t officially treated any differently, I’d experienced the reality for myself. David’s protectiveness, Cain covering my body with his under the vans. Ryan’s hesitation now…it was all about me being a woman. There was that sense that I needed to be shielded, to be protected. A pretty young woman was never going to get the automatic nod when her very gender could put her in danger. But this was my time to prove again that I could take care of myself and take care of others.
The silence between us stretched out longer until Ryan finally blew out a long breath. “Okay. We’ll try it.
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