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An Alarming Situation ...
Jonas Fischer, Luis Wagner, and Finn Schulz share a three-way conversation. Finn is the first to speak.
“I do not believe that it is a coincidence that two of our comrades along with Ambassador Erdmut Richter have been assassinated.” He begins.
“Ja, it would seem that everyone who was affiliated with the Colonel are meeting an untimely end. Do you have any ideas?” Luis inquirers.
“It could be any number of people. When the Colonel ordered that massacre in that village—a lot of people became his enemies. The Colonel is gone but that didn’t end the story.” Jonas surmises.
“You are right, my friend. We are all rich and have the means of discreetly disappearing. I would advise that we do just that.” Luis decides.
“That is a good idea. I have a meeting with a young lady that Claire introduced—” Jonas interrupts Finn.
“Dummkopf! You are going to meet someone that you know very little about?” Jonas replies in indignation.
“I never thought of that. But why would Claire set me up?” Finn shakes his head in bewilderment.
“Perhaps she knows nothing about it. At any rate, it could be harmless. But then again—” Jonas lets his voice trail off.
“There is no need of taking unnecessary risks. Once this has died down, forgive my choice of words, we may be able to resume a normal life. However, until that time let us be aware!” Luis interjects and the other two men agree.
“Where would you suggest that we retreat?” Finn asks.
“I know just the place. A good friend of mine has an island not far from the coast of South Africa. It is little known and he keeps it well-stocked in case he finds himself in a compromising position. I will alert him of what is going on and he will have the key to his facilities discreetly sent to me.” Luis replies.
“But are we able to trust this friend of yours?” Finn queries.
“Baron Schröder has no great love for the authorities or whoever it is that is doing this. He will find a way of getting the key to me without any suspicion. He is still under castle confinement but he has his ways.” Luis smiles into the receiver.
“Ah yes, Baron Schröder! He and his family have always been able to avoid the blunt end of the law.” Finn acknowledges and all three men laugh.
“Until you get this valuable information, we must not follow our regular routines. They may be known by quite a few. We must maintain the lowest of profiles and only move when necessary allowing darkness to be our shield.” Luis rejoinders.
“There is even a risk in darkness!” Jonas asserts.
“Have you never heard of a disguise? Who would suspect three little old ladies going about their merry way. Hölle, we could do it in the light of day and no one would be the wiser. What do you say?” Finn queries.
“I believe we have a plan. Why should we allow ourselves to be murdered just because we had the misfortune of associating with a madman!” Jonas decides.
“In the beginning, we all thought that his plan was a little farfetched. However, once we dipped our toes into the water, it became quite obvious that we would have to take a swim.” Luis reminds them.
“Baron Balogh managed to get free of this before it got bad. Of course he has all kinds of connections.” Jonas rejoinders grudgingly.
“Yes, it was he I believe who negotiated Heinrich’s situation. He would be a good man to have on our team.” Luis replies.
“You can forget that!” Finn says. “Let’s just concentrate on who we do have and try to get out of this alive.” After this, the three men release the call.
Surprise, Surprise ...
Elke adorns herself in one of her most attractive outfits and makes her way toward the Restaurant Stresa in Dresden. Since it is not far from the hotel where she is currently staying, she decides to walk. It is not long before she reaches her destination. Situating herself at an outside table she waits for Finn to make an appearance.
However, it is another individual who sits down opposite her. He gives her a knowing look then settles back in his seat.
“Ich nehme an, Sie sind nicht Finn Schulz?” Elke is finally the first to speak up. (I assume you are not Finn Schulz?)
“No Ms. Huber, I am not. Also, there is no need for us to speak in German.” The man replies.
“How do you know about me?” Elke inquires, feeling a little nervous that the man knows her but she has no idea who he is.
“That is not important. However, the little trick you tried to play on one of my associates fail to work.” The man replies as he continues to study Elke. She doesn’t like what is happening.
“Who are you and what do you want?” Elke is becoming slightly annoyed.
“Again, that doesn’t matter. What did you do with Finn Schulz’s schedule. It’s nowhere to be found in your room and it’s not deposited in the hotel safe.” The man asserts and Elke’s eyes becomes wide as she deduces who this person is.
“You ... you are the one—” But before Elke can say another word, the man takes out what looks like a pen flashlight and the beam finds it’s mark first in the left eye and then the right. The man discreetly slides an envelope in front of her and 15 seconds later vanishes. When Elke can finally look around, the man is gone and she can’t remember what he looked like.
A waiter appears to take her order.
“Es sieht so aus, als ob mein Begleiter nicht ankommt. Ich werde nichts haben, danke..” Elke retorts, dismissing the man. (It looks as if my companion is not arriving. I won’t be having anything, thank you.)
Elke looks down and sees a small package in front of her. Picking it up and gingerly putting it into her pocket, she returns to her hotel suite. Upon arrival, she notices that her room somehow looks a little different. As if someone has searched it and has tried to return everything to its exact place but it just didn’t feel right.
“Whoever he was, he did a thorough job.” Elke nodded in approval. However, there is a small vase that she intentionally turned slightly to the left but now it was straight. She smiled in satisfaction, then took the envelope out of her purse and opened it. There is twice the amount of money that she normally is paid plus a note.
“Your services are no longer needed. Don’t try to remember who I am, I’ve taken care of that.”
Elke sits back in the plush arm chair staring down at the money. Her mind is a swirl of confusion. Questions that may never be revealed to her are flooding her thoughts.
“Who is that man? Who tipped Finn off? What do I do now?” Elke’s thoughts are interrupted by the ringing of her cellphone. She can tell it is her Patrocinare, Benito Rossi.
“Hello Patrocinare!” Elke exclaims as she begins to relay to him everything that has happened.
“Then it is finished for you, Elke. Use the money to take a much earned vacation.” Benito tells her.
“I don’t understand what is happening, Patrocinare!” Elke is still bewildered.
“I believe that I do. Just listen to me and get yourself out. I know that you were not able to accomplish your assignment. This is fine. Your safety is more important than that. It appears that there is a bigger fish in the pond than any of us could ever imagine.” Benito asserts solemnly.
“Do you think that Military Intelligence is in on this? After all, Secretary Roger Sterling was a government man.” Elke interjects.
“Even higher and more dangerous than Military Intelligence.” Benito tells her.
“And who would that be?” Elke questions.
“S.T.O.P.” Benito answers.
To Be Continued ...
Silent Assassin 9
- Silent Assassin 9
With the threat of annihilation hanging over their heads, Jonas Fischer, Luis Wagner, and Finn Schulz take the only logical course, leave town. With the help of an old ally, the three men leave Europe to seek refuge on a well-fortified island.
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