Ten Little Spies
“Bobbie, slow down. You need to tell me what happened so I can understand you.” Mackenzie Gray shook the controller. He seemed to be in shock. Bobbie pointed to the far monitor where Stephen’s dead body still filled the screen.
Mac inhaled a steady breath and called for assistance on his cell. I need medical to get down to the chrio-chamber. Webb has been hit.”
He turned to Bobbie. The boys eyes seemed large as he stared straight through him.
“Who killed Webb?” he asked. “It’s okay. You can tell us.”
“Ethan,” Bobbie said. “It was Ethan.”
“My sister doesn’t know how to handle something like this,” Kaye Corday said to her partner, Jared Quinn.
“You don’t think you’re underestimating her just a little bit?” Jared asked. He drove the SUV toward the blinking dot on his map. The dot was Dare’s GPS transmitter. All operatives were fashioned with one years ago.
“She hasn’t been trained, Quinn. She’ll just put Dare into more danger.”
“Oh, we wouldn’t want that,” Jared quipped. He and Dare had never been the best of friends.
Kaye studied the map. “The signal has stopped a few miles ahead. What do you think those guys want with Dare and Alison?”
“I stopped trying to make sense of this. Nothing has made sense since that booby-trapped candle was delivered to me.”
Jared thought about the reasoning behind it all. The only thing that made sense to him was the idea that Ethan and Stephen had both displayed bizarre abilities. Ethan and his nanites and Stephen and his spontaneous healing. Maybe the bad guys thought they all possessed some sort of super power.
“You’re saying my father is dead?” Adrian Zeller couldn’t quite wrap his mind around the fact that the man he’d been speaking with all these weeks was an imposter.
“Unfortunately, it seems your father has been dead for quite some time. Our forensic team suggests he’s been decomposing for six months. I’m sorry for your loss, Mr. Zeller.” Mac Gray rubbed came around the desk and sat next to Zeller. “The device you found simulates a holographic effect around the wearer’s head. It’s a very convincing disguise. Two of my operatives have seen it up close. It’s no wonder you were fooled into believing your father as alive.”
Adrian rubbed two hands over his face. “What do I do now? There’s no telling how many changes he made to the corporation in my father’s name.”
“I suggest you and your lawyer assess everything as soon as possible. He could have acquired your father’s billions or they would have used his various contacts to nefarious ends.”
Adrian held a hand to his head. “I think I’m going to be sick.”
“In your shoes, I might feel the same. You’re free to go. We’ll let you know when you can return to the property.”
While Adrian was escorted from the mansion, Mac returned to Bobbie in the control room.
“How are you doing?” Mac asked him.
“How can you be so calm about this?” Bobbie asked. “Stephen’s dead.”
Mackenzie asked one of the on-site Legacy sweeper team to take up Bobbie’s position at the security center.
“Come on, kid. I have to show you something.” Mac led Bobbie to a secure area. Only a few trusted agents were allowed beyond this point.
“What’s going on, Mac?”
Mac opened the door and ushered Bobbie inside. Sitting on an elaborate canopy bed inside an elaborately designed bedroom was Stephen Webb.
“We don’t know. We’ll do a battery of tests,” Mac said. “Strange occurences have been happening inside the Legacy for years. But this has to be the most amazing thing I’ve seen.”
Bobbie poked Stephen to make sure he was real and not a figment of his imagination. A nurse took Stephen’s blood pressure as Mac and Bobbie approached.
“Welcome back from the grave,” Mac said to Stephen.
Stephen chuckled. “Crazy, isn’t it? This is only the second time it’s happened, and I can’t get used to it.”
“Second time?” Bobbie croaked.
“Yeah, Octavia shot me earlier in the day. The bullet pushed out of my body as if something was inside me rejecting it.”
“So, she knows you can do this?” Bobbie asked.
Mac answered his query. “She didn’t see him heal but she knows he got up and walked away from it. We suspect Octavia may have given him something, a formula she was working on. The symptoms didn’t display themselves until after his encounter with the Russian.”
“What is she doing? Trying to make super soldiers?” Bobbie asked. “That’s crazy.”
“No one’s said she’s working with a full deck. Because of her deception and realigning herself with Julian Black, we need to redo every security measure we have. She’s been inside the organization and seen too many things. She’s a dangerous threat to us now.”
Bobbie’s head was spinning with all he’d have to do in the coming days and weeks.
“What’s the plan,” he asked.
“We’ll discuss that at a more secure location. Let’s just leave it with this -- we’re going old school.”
Dyan Ransom paced in front of Julian Black’s large mahogany desk She didn’t like this. She didn’t like this at all.