A Rare Diamond in the Rough 12

Updated on August 21, 2019
Jacqueline4390 profile image

Ms. Williamson has been captivating the hearts of readers for decades. Her heroes are strong and daring while the antagonists, diabolical!

The job isn't finished until the paperwork has been done!
The job isn't finished until the paperwork has been done!

A Different Course of Action ...

Only when Castle Luchsinger is in sight does Anna Maria begin to easy her tiny foot off the accelerator— but only a little. As she enters into the courtyard, both women let out a sigh of relief. From his bedroom window, Heinrich witnesses their rather rapid approach. He is concerned that something may have gone wrong— so he journeys out to receive them.

“What has happened? Was there a problem? The two of you look—” Anna Maria interrupts.

“Sì qualcosa è andato storto!” (Yeah, something went wrong.)

“Just had a run-in with what I think was two of Colonel Schneider’s henchmen.” Diamond elucidates. At that moment, Erhard comes rushing out from the Castle.

“Did I hear you correctly?” Erhard exclaims as he hurries to the car to help Diamond out of it while Heinrich assists Anna Maria.

“Sì, hai sentito Diamond giusto!” An upset Anna Maria replies in rapid Italian. (Yes, you heard Diamond right.)

“We were enjoying the sights and sounds of Milan when I spotted a couple of men dressed in black. They had a photograph in their hands, and they seemed to be talking about me.” Diamond clarifies.

“Then all of a sudden, Diamond grabs me and we are running for our lives. By the way, Heinrich—the Lamborghini drives like a dream.” Anna Maria having calmed down a bit speaks in English.

“The two of you could have been killed all because you wanted a day out. I am so disappointed in you, Diamond.” Erhard looks accusingly at Diamond.

“I’m so sorry, Erhard.” The ordeal that Diamond has experienced reveals to her just how irresponsible she has acted, and the poor girl bursts into tears. Erhard apologizes and begins to embrace her.

“Forgive me my darling.” Erhard begins. “It’s just that I don’t know what I would have done if anything had happened to you. Will you stay here now?” Erhard implores.

“For now, I guess. But you must realize Erhard, I can’t hide forever. Remember, we have a job to do. Besides, I really don’t believe those two men are going to report to Colonel Schneider. Especially since they let me get away. If they didn’t die as a result of the car crash, then failure is a guarantee of a bullet in the head.” Diamond states.

“That is true. I remember what happened to the two men in Dusseldorf.” Erhard agrees.

“My nephew Andor is gone into town with a couple of our security people. It’s business that requires his immediate attention. It is a pity that you were not able to purchase anything from our fine shops, but I can have them send over several catalogs. If you see anything you like—I’ll have it delivered. In the meantime, please find something at Castle Luchsinger that can occupy your time.” Heinrich suggests as he and Erhard head toward the stables.

“Do not feel bad, Diamond. I have a few trustworthy friends and they will help me entertain “an American cousin.” Anna Maria smiles.

Erhard uses the special cellphone given to him by Kit Weinberger in Washington, D.C. to inform him of the latest events. He begins to explain to Kit everything that Diamond and Anna Maria have revealed to him. Erhard seeks his guidance in handling the situation.

“Heinrich did well to ground that girl. Her head is like the Rock of Gibraltar with no chance of cracking. We men need to handle this. I am going to contact the United States Consulate General in Milan. Consul General Victor Shotwell is a personal friend of mine. I will be paying a visit to the Montecatini Building to see him.” Kit informs Erhard.

Embassy in Milan …
Embassy in Milan …

“Designed by the acclaimed Italian architect Gio Ponti? Why doesn’t this surprise me that you know Consul General Shotwell personally?” Erhard chuckles.

“You are starting to sound a lot like Diamond. It’s true that I know a lot of important diplomats. In my line of work, it pays to have friends in high places.” Kit returns the laughter.

“I am not complaining my friend. I’m glad.” Erhard retorts.

“When this is over—I want you to consider working with S.T.O.P. The Society to Overthrow Profiteering. S.T.O.P. is a network comprised of three different groups: undercover businessmen, bipartisan government operatives like you, and military liaisons. It is a very elite group and we have members in over 25 countries. There is a need to ensure that the world will remain safe from maniacs like Colonel Schneider and racketeer Leo Lancaster.” Kit suggests.

“I heard about the Day Bed and that Lancaster Money Market Scheme. S.T.O.P. is a great idea and I would be honored to be a member, Kit.” Erhard beams.

“In the meantime, keep a close eye on Diamond. I think Anna Maria Russo is just the person to keep that wildcat occupied without raising a lot of suspicions. Then when I arrive in Milan, we can come up with an alternative plan that doesn’t involve overly enthusiastic political reporters.” Now both men are laughing together.

“When can I expect you, Kit?” Erhard is anxious to begin to solve the problem at hand.

“By the beginning of next week. I need to get my small team together and to ensure that word doesn’t leak out to Colonel Schneider. I’m pretty sure that we neutralized his operatives in America, but I won’t feel completely convinced until the Colonel is totally out of the picture.” Kit replies with conviction.

“Don’t worry at my end.” Erhard reassures him. “I will talk to Andor, Heinrich and Anna Maria. They can handle the situation. Unfortunately, when Diamond does find out—all of our names will be on her crap list.”

Erhard hangs up the phone in search of Andor. He finds him in the back garden staring into space.

“I know what’s on your mind—Anna Maria.” Erhard begins.

“Yes. That Diamond can be pretty reckless can’t she?” Andor turns to look at his friend. “Yet, you’re madly in love with her.”

“I’ve never known anyone like her, Andor. Major General Adam “Kit” Weinberger is coming to Milan with his team from Military Intelligence.” Erhard tells Andor.

“Does Diamond know about this?” Andor asks cautiously.

“No, and Kit prefers that she not know until the operation is completed. He doesn’t want her getting involved. She’s just too foolhardy.” Andor shakes his head in agreement.

“I suppose that’s what it takes when uncovering political corruption.” Andor says. “Diamond just doesn’t know when to stop.”

“She is a rare diamond in the rough. My diamond, and I want to keep her in one piece.” The two men look at each other and shake their heads.

To Be Continued ...

Questions & Answers

    © 2019 Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, letterpile.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)