Chapter 08



“That is enough,” Marie said to Nicole.  Then to Cameron Marie said, “We appreciate your help Mister Kincaid, we need it.  She is right though.  They can not be dealt with.”

“I still don’t get why they want you.  Who are you, really?”

“I am sorry, I can not tell you what you want to know,” said Marie.

Cameron furrowed his brow and sighed.

“We can tell him,” said Nicole, “he has done so much for us already.  He should know what our purpose is before he is forced to the next life.”

“Forced to the next life?  I don’t think I am going to let that happen,” Cameron winked and then took a sip of his tea.  “I would like to know though.”

Marie and Nicole locked eyes and then Marie nodded.

“Eight hundred years ago the church collaborated with the Barons of France to exterminate the Cathari and take control of the Languedoc region of France under the guise of heresy.  Though the Cathari were slaughtered by the thousands and thought exterminated, a few Cathari survived.  They continue their beliefs in secret and protect a secret treasure.  For centuries, the operatives of Rex Mundi have pursued those remaining with a continuing goal to wipe them out and take the secret treasure.  The Rex Mundi believes that the Cathari treasure can transform the world.”

Cameron’s eyes widened, “So you mean to tell me that you are these Cathari?”

“We call ourselves les bonnes gens, the good people.  Others know of us as Cathari.  We are two of many,” said Nicole.

Marie looked deeply into Cameron’s eyes, “We live in secret, in the shadows, while the Rex Mundi live openly, always watching.”

“Openly?  When I was in the Legion, I was privy to a lot of information about a lot of terrorists groups.  I never heard of the Rex Mundi.”

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