Car 3 arrived before any emergency vehicles did since they were in the neighborhood for backup support. They quickly checked around and picked up all the guns they could find. Stan, the leader of car 3 team, spotted a hand sticking out from some burning debris and called the others over. They managed to move the debris off Annelie and Sam. “Get a couple blankets, quick,” said Stan, and 2 of the men ran back to the car while Stan and the other man picked up guns and remnants of Annelie’s backpack. “She likely wouldn’t have survived the blast without that backpack and her vest,” said Stan as he covered Annelie and Sam with blankets, “but I would say they are both hurt bad.”
At that point the emergency vehicles arrived and the police came over to question the men. They had their cover stories rehearsed very well with just slight variations to make it sound more realistic. “We were driving down the street,” said Stan to the officer, “and this house just exploded in a huge fireball!” They had their cover ID as well, and so did the other team. Stan had one of his men drive the other team’s car away just before the police had arrived, so no one saw it. The police officer asked to see each of their driver’s licenses so he could check them out.
That was no problem, but Stan watched carefully and noticed the officer put their licenses in his pocket and pulled out 4 other licenses. “Here you are,” he said, “you’re free to go now.” “Thanks officer,” said Stan and put his hand on the officer’s neck. The officer collapsed and Stan quickly exchanged the licenses for their own. Then he called another officer over. “What happened?”, said the second officer while 2 more officers arrived. “His eyes went sort of funny after he gave our licenses back,” said Stan, “then he just collapsed.” “Okay,” said another officer, “you can leave now, we’ll take over.”
“Okay, I hope those people live,” said Stan, and off they all went. One of the team had taken the opportunity when the officer collapsed to ask an ambulance driver what hospital they were taking the people to. So they called in to Kat and told her everything. “There’s going to be a lot of questions for those 4 if they live,” said Kat, “once they can move them we will get them back. Right now they have their cover ID and stories.” Meanwhile car 5 had caught up with Alex and were waiting for a good opportunity to intercept them. Then Alex and his driver turned in to a parking lot at some medical building.
So car 5 team took the opportunity and moved in behind them, jumping out of their car, guns out, shooting out the tires and some windows. They ordered Alex and his driver out of the car, so they came out slowly. The driver pulled his gun and was immediately shot. Alex was tossed against the car, given a drug to knock him out, then a hood put over his head with an opening so he could breathe okay. Then they threw him in the back of their car and off they went.
The whole operation took about 2 minutes and they were gone before any police arrived. “Where is Steve and Jennifer?”, Kat asked herself, “they should have checked in by now.” Kat was getting worried that something may have happened to us, and if something did happen, would she ever know? Or would we just be gone? She could have called me, but Kat knew better, a call at the wrong time could jeopardize our operation, or even get us killed. So she just had to wait. Then a call came from Roy who was driving Rock and Annelie’s car. “Bring the car back her fast,” said Kat and we will change it.”
Then she went and called to the team out in the warehouse, “get ready to change the color of car 2 to forest green and change the license plate as soon as it gets here.” Everything was ready as the car drove in, men immediately going to work to repaint and change a few other details of the car. And Kat changed all the info at the vehicle registration office just with a couple clicks on her computer. Suddenly boom! The door came flying off its hinges! Sigh, now she had Rock to deal with. “Where is he?”, yelled Rock, “I’ll kill him!”
“Rock,” said Kat calmly, “settle down, Alex is not here yet, and when he gets here I will be dealing with him.” Rock was angry, that was quite obvious to Kat. There he stood, 6 foot 6, 320lbs compared to Kat’s 5 foot 5, 128lbs. “Sit down Rock,” she told him. He looked, but he then sat down. “When you signed up to join our PI team, you agreed to obey orders from Steve,” she said quietly to him, “and in his absence he puts things in my hands, so you obey me too.” “I’m sorry Kat, I shouldn’t be yelling at you, I’ll obey orders,” said Rock. “Good, now go get us both a coffee,” she said, “this night is not over yet.”
To Be Continued.
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