Was it just another surveillance job - Episode 47
I'm back home and this story has been sitting on the back burner for a few months, waiting for some more to be written.
The trouble is, there are also other stories to write, and I'm not very good at prioritizing.
But, here we are, a few minutes opened up and it didn't take long to get back into the groove.
Chasing leads, maybe
the room was empty and only Richards and I remained, he cut the ties that bound
my hands and legs.
business,” he said.
sat again and flexed the muscles that had begun to stiffen up whilst tightly
assuming you know a woman by the name of Jan?” I said, “She told me she was working for MI5 so I’m
assuming you’re her handler.”
she chooses to be handled, yes. Jan is
just one of her names. She’s currently
missing, and I think we now know why?”
work,” I nodded towards the body.
no. She’s charged with chasing down
leads and then calling the cavalry. We had
a tracker on this chap, found him, and had him in a safe facility awaiting interrogation,
what we thought was safe at any rate, and Jan and another agent watching over
him until the interrogation team arrived.
When the interrogation team got there everyone was gone, but with enough
blood on the floor to paint a pretty clear picture. Maury had been interrogated and killed there,
dumped here, with no indication of the whereabouts of our agents. She told me this guy and another trained you,
and others, in rather strange circumstances.
A bogus operation. To what end?”
what I could tell, a single surveillance operation. Me and a dozen others. Cut loose after it failed, those of us that
survived, that is.”
lot of effort to achieve nothing.”
we can’t ask him what it was about?” I
looked over at the body. Maury was
hardly recognizable. Whoever carried out
the interrogation had been either in a hurry or in a bad mood.
“Indeed. She told me this chap called O’Connell was
involved. Now so?”
rule that popped into my head from the training: never share information with
other agencies unless you absolutely had to.
I had no doubt if Dobbin was here\, he would agree, but he wasn’t.
wondered if I should tell him she had allegiance to another branch of the
secret services, or mention Dobbin.
was the surveillance target. We were
charged with observing him, but not what he was suspected of. I followed him as far as the exploding shop,
got temporarily disorientated after the blast,, but managed to reacquire the
target, following him to an alley where I spoke briefly to him before Maury and
Severin arrived, and he was shot, apparently killed.”
he was or he wasn’t.”
body disappeared. My view is he is still
explosion was supposed to be caused by a gas leak.”
operational doubletalk. A journalist was
killed, apparently in the shop waiting for the target. It went up after the target passed, I’m
assuming his tradecraft was to check first then go back. Never got a chance. I think now given the circumstances, the
journalist was going to hand something off.
I’ve been asked a number of times by various people about a USB drive. You know anything about it?”
is the first I’m hearing about anything about a USB drive. You know what was on it?”
my pay grade, I was told.”
“OK. What about this Severin character?”
I have is a phone number, and that, I think we can both agree, will be a
but it might be useful.”
gave it to him, and he put it on his phone.
new team of men in white suits arrived at the door, no doubt MI5 forensic
specialists, and two more agents, bigger and tougher, what I would call the
afraid you’re going to have to come back to the office to answer a few more
questions. It’s not custody, but
if I refuse?”
might make their day if you know what I mean.”
shrugged. One I might be able to take,
but not the both of them. And they both
looked like they would be happy to teach me the error of my ways if I tried to
won’t be necessary. I’m taking him with
just came to the door, flashing an MI5 warrant card.
been charged with cleaning this mess up.”
so you shall, but not including this agent.
Orders from above, reasons why, as they say, are above your pay grade.
suspect the warrant car said Dobbin outranked him. Did our people have fake MI5 IDs?
is highly irregular.”
your boss, if you don’t like it. I can
could see the reluctance in his face.
glared at me. “Go, but don’t go too
far. I still might get clearance to have
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