While the others talking, Jennifer went to a corner of the large bedroom so she could talk privately with Baldwin and plead with him to let them stay and hunt down this “ghost”. Finally she came back and put the phone down on the table next to her gun, and just leaned on the table for a bit. “This case has been hard, tiring and grueling,” she said slowly, “but I can handle that. What I hate are liars and traitors.” Then she quickly grabbed her gun and swung around aiming it at Carl.
He was holding his own gun, but Rock who was standing close by, grabbed his arm and took the gun away. “Hey, what goes on here?”, he asked looking very surprised. “Quit that,” said Jennifer, “you were caught on camera giving Kat some poison. Now, who are you working for?” He just smiled and said, “figure it out for yourself girl.” “Ask him to sit down Rock,” said Jennifer. Rock picks him up and tosses him onto a wood chair and yells, “SIT!” Jennifer puts her gun down and goes over to Carl and gives him two hard backhand slaps.
“Who is your boss?”, she asked again calmly. Nothing but silence. She hit him again and asked the same question. He suddenly lunges at Jennifer but Muffin jumps quickly onto his back scratching wildly with all 18 claws! He screamed and Rock picked him up again while Muffin jumped off. Rock then threw him back on the chair. “Thanks Muffin,” said Jennifer. Meow,meow!=Welcome! “You must be getting paid very well,” said Jennifer, “but is it worth dying for?”
“I know you cannot kill me,” he said snarling. “Does that mean you will not talk?”, she asked. He just sneered at her. “Thwock!”, and he fell to the floor. Meow,meow.=Oops, let go too soon. Jennifer just looks at her. “Baldwin says you know Ken,” said Jennifer to Rock, “have him and the other men check the helicopters, Baldwin thinks they may be sabotaged to kill us on the way back.” Rock went out to get that done.
“Annelie and Kara need to go back, since you are both hurt,” said Jennifer, “the rest of us have a choice to stay or go.” Muffin looked with big eyes at Angel and Candace. They both smiled and said they would be staying. Then Muffin looked at Jenny. “After what you just did, I should send you back home too,” said Jennifer. Muffin hung her head. “But I guess you did save my life there,” she continued, “so you can stay with us.” Muffin jumped up and down and Angel came and cuddled her.
They did find bombs in 2 of the 3 helicopters, the one Carl would have been flying was okay, naturally. Soon the helicopters were on their way with Annelie and Kara on their way back home. They made it safely and Chung treated them at home since there was no more rooms available at the clinic. “Need to make expansion at the clinic,” Chung told Baldwin. “Yes, that will begin tomorrow Chung,” he answered, “I just never thought we would all need care at the same time!” “Must always be prepared for the unexpected,” added Chung smiling, as he usually does.
Chung has definitely been a wonderful addition to our team, not only in his knowledge, but with his cheerfulness which he spreads freely. It is now 5pm and the remaining team of Jennifer, Candace, Angel, Rock and Muffin are in the kitchen eating and making plans, and of course they still had Harris with them as well. Fortunately the kitchen can be closed off so they can use a scrambler enabling them to talk. “We are going to start by going back to that cave in and check a door I found,” said Jennifer, “I am curious why there should be a door in an area where there is no corridor.
“Maybe there used to be one and it was filled in for some reason,” said Candace. “True, but what does that have to do with looking for this “ghost?”, asked Angel. “Perhaps nothing,” said Jennifer, “or perhaps everything.” Meow,meow.=Maybe it treasure room. “That is exactly what I was thinking,” said Rock. “Same here,” added Harris, “after all, that is what this “ghost” is doing here, as was everyone else, looking for treasure.” “It could be dangerous down there though,” said Rock, “so let’s bring a few added tools with us just in case there are problems.”
After eating they went down to that corridor once again, walking carefully across that loose rubble and over to the large wood door. Rock smashed his way through the door quite easily with a large axe he brought along. He then entered the room slowly, not expecting…
To Be Continued.
2022 Steve McLeod.