We did have a nice relaxing night as well as our first day in Halifax, a nice little city in Nova Scotia. We had a nice, quiet hotel with a park right across the street from us. We all took turns during the day to relax in the park and let the cats run around. The next morning we went to a pancake restaurant for breakfast, very early so we could get the cats in too. The management was very cooperative in letting them in, but we had to keep them hidden from view so they would not get in trouble.
The cats were not too happy with that. Meow,meow?=What they think, we have terrible disease? Meow.=Yeah, not nice, we clean, have bath this morning. MC meant that he washed himself, as did Muffin, since we were going out for breakfast. Soon after we got there a blind man came in with his service dog and sat down on the other side of the restaurant.
He did not seem to have any trouble walking over there. But perhaps he comes in here a lot. Meow?=Why dog can come in and not cats? “He is a service dog MC,” I explained, “he helps his human so he can go out and walk around safely because his human is blind.” Meow?=Blind mean not able to see, right? “That is right MC,” I answered. Meow?=Then why he read food paper?
MC was referring to the menu. I stared at him, then over at the man. “MC is right,” said Galyna, “I noticed that but it just did not register.” “Well, perhaps he can still see a little,” I said. Then our waitress brought our pancakes. The cats were very excited and the waitress said they could sit on the table and eat theirs too. That made them feel a lot better. “Does that man over there come in here often?”, I asked.
“No, it is the first time I have seen him,” she said, “the other waitress said he was completely blind.” I was going to say something but decided not to. While we were eating I noticed the man looking our way quite frequently. “He does not act like someone with sight impairment,” said Galyna, “he is just pretending.” Hmm, I thought, that is very interesting. But why would he be watching us?
We finished our pancakes and left, walking back to our hotel. This coded message is worse than the first one, it made no sense whatsoever. None of us could make out even one of the symbols, but there were a few numbers as well, however, they made no sense without knowing what the symbols meant. Sigh. Kat and Rossana said they needed a break so they walked down to a convenience store about 3 blocks away.
Sigurbjorn started with my daily massage, I was certainly tense right now, this message was getting to me, plus thinking about that man this morning. It made me a bit nervous, though I could not imagine that Brenda found us already. When Kat and Rossana came back they had some news for us. “A couple men from that park followed us to the store,” said Kat, “and back again. They stopped in that park across the street when we came into the hotel.”
“Hmm, I do not like that,” I said, “time to bait a trap for them. Kat, you and Rossana go to the larger park down the street. And take Muffin with you this time, she can watch behind you so you do not need to keep an eye on those guys. Muffin, if anything strange happens, press your alarm button right away. After you get to that park, let me know and I will send Rock and Benson after you so they can introduce themselves to those other men.” They did so and I waited for their call.
I knew approximately how long it takes to walk down there and I knew the men followed them. So, when I heard nothing after about 1 minute beyond what it should take I told Rock and Benson to get there fast! MC went with them, riding on Rock’s shoulder. I then sent Kristina, Sovia and Susanna a couple of minutes behind them. I told everyone it is code red, which means they do whatever they need to do for protecting each other. Sigurbjorn and Galyna stayed with me.
To Be Continued.
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