Continued from Twenty-five: Hard Driving
Twenty-six: Overt Sly
The first word that came to Rudi when he met the contact was unimpressive. Short, squat, with a patchy beard and missing teeth, Gurung had told him the contact wanted to be known as ‘Sly.’ Apparently, he idolized Stallone. Rudi decided he had better play the silent partner role, as Gurung had warned him of ‘Sly’s’ fragile ego.
“He’s not much to look at, but he’s connected and he’s done his time in.” Gurung apparently meant time in the Brigade of the Gurkhas. Rudi didn’t question him. Perhaps he could do so later . . . if he cared to.
Continued from Twenty-four: For The Count
Twenty-five: Hard Driving
Gurung had acquired some exemplary equipment. Alex doubted that Drift could have provided him anything similar if he had been operational somewhere like Nepal. Maybe in a few days, a week or so, but in a few hours? Not a chance.
While he had some facility with cracking encryption, Willow proved much more proficient, so Alex relegated himself to assistant. She did the surgery, he passed on the tools and gave opinions when asked. Alex figured they’d be more successful and faster with her driving.
Continued from Twenty-three: Me and Yu
Twenty-four: For The Count
Yu’s death quickly followed the sound of the window cracking. It meant one thing to Heather. She wasn’t alone in that assessment.
“Sniper!” Walker dropped to the floor.
The room only had two windows, but they were large and uncovered. Yu’s body lay on the ground near Madison and Becca. Boyle and Walker both crawled toward the windows, Walker to the one without the bullet crack.
Willow crouched near the door, MP5 raised to her shoulder. She fired off three suppressed shots, each one eliminating one of the trio of lights in the room.
“That explosion is going to bring the authorities fast,” Heather said.
Willow apparently agreed with her. “We need to go.”
Continued from Twenty-two: Warm Welcome
Twenty-three: Me and Yu
Mads and Heather sat in the back of a beaten-up, patched-up, still functioning luxury sedan that had probably seen a hard three decades. In the driver’s seat, Willow—the athletic and direct sniper from Boyle’s team—worked something that looked like a kind of smartphone/palmtop. She had a second cellphone open on the seat beside her which she monitored through an earplug and mic.
They had parked on a relatively wide road. Without a sidewalk, shops and restaurants lined either side of the street, most closed, some still open—the glow of their neon signs the only street lighting. Few people moved along the road. A handful of clusters remained in those open bars and cafés. The buildings flanking the street were almost uniformly two stories, though there were a couple with a third floor. Those second and third stories would likely be apartments, relatively impressive by Kathmandu standards.
“He’s within thirty metres.” Willow spoke through the phone, but—of course—everyone in the vehicle heard her.
“That’s a lot of space.” Mads muttered. He should have kept it to himself. Willow craned her neck to face him. Heather reacted as well. “I’m just saying, there’s plenty of flops for him in that radius.”
Since I’ve been so open with the sales, I figure I’ll continue that tradition, just so you see where SEP is at.
Total Sales for Last Month (all outlets)
Covert Forces Redux 2
In Her Majesty’s Service 1
Line Zero (Modern Dispatch 104) 2
COMMENTS: Not the worst of months. About average. It’s beer money . . . except after paying for hosting for this and Accidental Survivors, not even that.
Total Sales All Time (all outlets)
Albenistan: Election Day (Modern Dispatch 113) 19
Khorforjan Gambit 77
Qalashar Device 90
Raid On Ashkashem 128
Canada’s Combined Security Reconnaissance Section 70
Covert Forces 97
Covert Forces Redux 101
In Her Majesty’s Service 108
Gunpowder Plots 73
Man-At-Arms Advanced Class 36
Mercenary Advanced Class 39
Spy Advanced Class 34
Roles & Classes
Capable Hero 84
Combat Hero 83
Counter-Terrorism Assaulter 95
Covert Hero 92
Spec Ops Recce 93
Special Operations Marksman 93
Talent Trees Assembled 68
Treasure Chest Unlocked
Cyber-state Avatar Toolkit 21
Line Zero 28
Relief Effort 45