They targeted her. The men set their sights on Ava and didn't rest until they had her where they wanted. Then they made a call.
"Hello Ava?" came the voice on the other end.
"Ava can't come to the phone right now, Joshua. She's a little tied up." That sent the trio of guys gathered around the phone into a chorus of laughter.
"What the hell? Let her go. This has nothing to do with her, Lawrence." Joshua started breathing faster.
Lawrence flicked his gaze to Ava who was unconscious. "By association she has everything to do with this."
"She knows nothing."
"You underestimate her intelligence, Joshie boy. She knows more than you think."
Josh gritted his teeth together. "I swear to God if you so much as touch a hair on her head, you'll—"
"What, huh?" Lawrence chuckled. "Don't worry. She's fine. Isn't that right, Ava?" He grinned as he walked over to her in the corner of the room.
"You'll—" Josh began but Lawrence had hung up before he could get another word out.
Lawrence ran his hand through Ava's long hair. "I'm going to make your boss pay for what he's done. You're just a pawn in this game." He shook his head. "How could someone so smart be so stupid? You would've been fine if you had minded your own damn business. But you decided to get involved, stick your head where it doesn't belong. Unlucky. Or maybe I should say you deserve what's coming."
He clenched his other hand into a fist, but it was precisely that moment Ava woke up.
Her eyelids fluttered open, exposing two dark irises contrasted against the bright whites of her eyes. She took in Lawrence's gruffy face and pale skin before her world went dark again.