Astrid sat back, crossing one leg over the other, blowing out smoke.
"I mean freedom, Hunter. No cell, no collar, no restraints. You vow yourself to me, and I will change your entire state of being. You see, I am about to come into a new property, a business development project; and with it? A lot more enemies will be made. People will begin to notice the development of Lunstrom activity in the UK rather than just Sweden, and they may become threatened by this. I need someone onside who is always willing to deal with any...problems. Someone I can rely on, someone who has been in the game long enough not to make any stupid mistakes..."
She leaned forward, looking him in the face.
"That, and I want you out of Nathan's clutches. Not so long ago, he staged a coop against me, even so far as using my own employees. He used the imperious on my most loyal follower. It's one of the more deplorable things he has ever done to me, and now? I will show him exactly who he married. He likes to believe that the Ivers have their fingers in all the pies, that they are so powerful, that he has built his empire alone. He's wrong. I am Astrid Lundstrom, and if you serve me exclusively, you will never see a locked door again."