Restless – Episode 153
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© Oluwatosin Emmanuel Oyinloye
I wrote in a hurry, so its unedited and may contain more than grammar errors
“So, we were chasing you?” Evelyn asked in a surprised tone.
“Yes, you were chasing me and my men,” Henry replied.
Both were sitting in the study on two different seats and facing each other. Henry had just taken his time to explain how he and his men got tricked by Hutton.
“And what about the guy that was found dead at your place?” Evelyn asked.
“He was one of us, we left him there that morning. The wolves killed him,” Henry replied.
Evelyn took in a deep breath.
“Evelyn, I need to know all the samples that were retrieved from that house. Did you see them?”
“Yes, but I can remember all. I saw some makeup kits, keyholders, a computer keyboard, and a couple of other things.” She replied.
“Okay, you need to help me clean the fingerprints on all those items,” Henry said to her.
Evelyn widened her eyes at him, shocked at his request. She wondered how possible it would be to get his request done.
“But that’s going to get me into a lot of trouble,” she replied. “I would be identified in no time.”
“You’re not going to get into trouble if we do it at the right time,” Henry said.
“When is the right time? The results will be out by tomorrow,” Evelyn asked.
“The right time to do it is now,” Henry said.
She squinted at him.
“Yes, now. You can easily go back to the headquarters tonight and access the items,” Henry explained.
“It’s not easy to do that. Besides, I’ll get caught. The security cameras are always active even at midnight.”
“Yes, the security cameras are always active but the people will not be so active. No one would notice any foul play. All you need to do is to get a proper disguise. A disguise to make sure, they can’t examine your real height, your body shape, and other features of your body.”
She drew in a breath and opened her jacket to take out a card.
“But I have only one access card, that will be a clear proof I got in.”
Henry also dipped his hand into his pocket and took out another access card. “This is for Simon Perry, it hasn’t been destroyed yet,” he said and extended the card to her.
She stared at it for a moment before collecting it.
Henry quickly picked up his backpack which was on the floor beside his seat.
“I have everything you need in this backpack,” he said as he zipped it open. “Here are the gloves, a jacket, and a bottle of ammonia solution to clean the items.”
Evelyn kept staring at him for a moment.
“Please, I need you to do this for me,” Henry pleaded, staring at her face.
“I’ll go in but I just hope I don’t get caught,” Evelyn finally said.
Henry heaved a sigh of relief. “You won’t get caught, I promise,” he zipped up the bag and handed it to her.
“When do we leave?” She asked.
“Right now, I’ll drive you there.”
“It’s okay here, I’ll walk to the office,” Evelyn said as she stepped out of the car.
“I’ll meet you up at the junction in thirty minutes,” Henry said to her.
“Okay,” she said as she closed the door and proceeded quickly.
She was putting on a winter jacket with the hood on. It was perfect for the cold weather, especially that night when it was so cold and windy.
She crossed to the other side and walked a few more steps to get to the gate. One of the FOX officials manning the gate appeared before she could say anything. She displayed a badge to him briefly. “I forgot something important in my office and I’m going in to get it.”
The man did not waste her time. He opened the gate and allowed her in quickly. He didn’t see her face properly but did not bother to search or stop her. The badge she had displayed to him showed she was a senior officer and he wasn’t ready to offend her.
She took out the hand gloves from the pocket of the jacket and wore them as she proceeded in. The door of the main entrance was closed as expected but it took only a swipe of the card to unlock it. The door opened, with the two sides splitting in both directions.
Everywhere was unusually quiet unlike daytime when it was busy with activities. There were people a few officers in the large hall but she did not bother saying a word to them. She proceeded straight to the left angle where the door to the underground office was. She swiped her card again and walked into the next room.
She took off the hood of the jacket and replaced it with a FOX face cap as she approached the elevator to take her to the underground facility. A slide of the card into the access box opened the elevator and she stepped in. She touched a button and it took her down.
In no time, she was at the underground office. She adjusted her face cap well to cover her face as she proceeded hurriedly. Even though she had applied some makeups to disguise, she couldn’t risk letting the camera capture her face fully.
The place was damn quiet and she could hear echoes with every footstep she took. She glanced at the large open office where most of the general operations took place as she walked past. She kept her hands in the pocket of the jacket to hide the gloves from anyone she met on the way. That would easily make them suspect she had a mission.
Only three people were in the office and they saw the person walk past through the transparent glass wall. “Someone is just arriving?” a female agent whispered to a man sitting a few meters away from her.
“Maybe,” the man shrugged. “She probably slept off and forgot she was on night duty.”
Evelyn continued down the corridor and soon turned into another. “She raised her head slightly upon seeing the two agents coming in her direction.”
“Good evening,” she greeted.
“Good evening,” they chorused in response as she walked passed them. They both turned to look at her and then looked at each other’s faces. They seemed not to have seen the agent before. However, they were not bothered as FOX had many departments working underground and not all agents knew themselves.
After almost ten minutes of walking from the reception, Evelyn finally got to the forensics section. She walked slowly from door to door and stopped at the lab door. She looked left and right before pushing in the lab door. It was relieving to find out that no one was in the lab.
Then came the most challenging part of her task and that was locating the exact spot the items retrieved from Henry were kept. There were over 100 sections in the lab where different specimens were kept. It was going to be difficult to locate the section where the target items were. She began to move slowly through the aisle, looking left and right to find what she came for.
It took her fifteen minutes of walking slowly around before she found it. She quickly took off the backpack and unzipped it. Just as she began to take out her cleaning tools, she heard footsteps coming in that direction. Quickly, she moved with her items to hide behind the box on top which the specimen was kept.
The two agents whom Evelyn had seen on the way walked into the lab, gisting and laughing. They stopped talking for a few minutes and focused on something on the table. One of them had sat in front of a computer and the other was standing and placing an item through a scanner.
“What does it look like?” The shorter one asked the one sitting in front of the system.
“There’s nothing hidden inside, we can open it up.” The other one said.
“Don’t we need to check the other items?”
“I don’t think we can do all tonight.”
“We probably can do one more, can’t we?”
“Maybe,” the seated man shrugged.
“What box do I get the second item from?”
“They were placed at box 46.”
Evelyn widened her eyes as she heard the man mention box 46. She had found her target items at the forty-second box and there was no way she wasn’t going to be discovered if someone came to the forty-sixth box. She held her breath as she began to hear footsteps in her direction. The plan was about to go all wrong.
Henry killed the engine of the car and took off his seatbelt. He stared at the building from afar. He was sure the FOX had sealed it off already to ban anyone from gaining access to the place. But he needed to gain entrance into it anyhow.
He picked up his backpack from the passenger’s side. Then, he put on a face cap before stepping out of the car. He proceeded straight to the building, he was going to gain access through the back.
Evelyn had taken out the tranquilizing gun in readiness to defend herself. She could hear the footsteps closer and closer. She could sense that the agent was less than two meters away when a name was called.
“Agent, let’s focus on this alone for tonight. We should not get our attention divided,” the agent who was sitting in front of the computer beckoned on him. He got up from the computer and was ready to move.
The one who was walking to box 46 stopped but was reluctant to turn back. He was already so close.
“Let’s go work on this Agent,” his partner insisted and he had no choice but to turn back.
Evelyn heaved a sigh of relief.
In less than one minute, the two agents were out of the lab, and Evelyn was left alone again. She quickly got up to begin her task. She opened the transparent glass case in which the items were kept gently. Then, she picked up the ammonia solution bottle on the floor and poured some in a napkin.
She began with the utensils in the case and began to clean them carefully. It took her about five minutes to finish up and she made sure she returned the items back to the positions they were in the case.
Before she left, she cleaned the floor and the case to erase any sign of wetness. Then she strapped her backpack on again and proceeded to the door.
Paul stepped out of the bathroom and cleaned his leg on the foot mat before he proceeded further into the room. He took some time in front of the mirror to dry his hair. He was already dressed in his night robe.
After drying his hair, he turned to the bed and sat at the edge. He closed his eyes and took in a deep breath as he remembered the activities that day. At the moment, FOX had gotten enough useful information that would help to make more success, so he thought. He never thought or had an idea that someone could be at the headquarters trying to destroy the only useful item they had.
One thing bothering him that night was that he had not been able to reach Carl Winston. He had tried all Carl’s phone numbers he had but none had connected. He was unsure if Carl was involved in that day’s activities or not. He suspected it must have been Carl who sent the information concerning the terrorist.
After some minutes of thinking about the day’s activities., he got up and walked to the side of the bed to finally lay down to rest. He rolled into the bed and placed his head on the pillow. He had just closed his eyes when he heard his phone ringing.
His eyes popped back open and he reached for his phone.
“Paul Edwards speaking,” he answered the call.
“Sir, we just received reports of an explosion.”
“What?” He sat up immediately.
“Yes sir but no a serious one,” the caller replied. “For now, we don’t believe there are any casualties.”
“Where exactly is the location of the explosion?”
“A building that was sealed off by the FOX this afternoon.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, how serious is the fire?”
“A larger part of the building is down and in flames, the firefighters will be here in no time.”
“Okay, I’ll get back to you,” he said and quickly ended the call. Then he dialled Agent Mark’s number.
“Hello Agent, did you hear about the explosion?”
“Yes, I did sir. It was the building we sealed this afternoon, I’m on my way there.”
“Why in the world would they target it for an explosion? We already have enough items from there,” Paul said.
“I have no idea, sir, I’ll get back to you after seeing the extent of the damage.”
Evelyn stepped out of the lab without being seen. She proceeded quickly through the passage and was about to turn when the two agents who had come into the lab stepped out through a door that was after the lab door.
“Hey, Agent!” She heard one of them call her but she turned without answering.
The Agents looked at each other, they knew something wrong about that Agent.
“Hey!” the agents called again and hurried after her quickly.
Sorry for the short and late update guys, the next one will be longer.