As most of you might have noticed, we are slowly coming to the end of this wonderful series, its a total of 30 episodes so do the maths.
Two weeks had passed. Sophia had been keeping tabs on the activities of GhostCorp. The General had ordered her to oversee affairs till he got back from sabbatical. She worked tirelessly, looking for clues and tracking every bit of intel she got from BeeHive. The Colonel seemed to be in no hurry. It had been sixteen days and he had not made a move yet. He had not left his supposed hideout. She could wait him out. She had all the time in the world. It was Sean and Eva that concerned her. They had been highly trained. They had risen through the ranks faster than anyone in the history of the Corporation. They most disturbing issue was the fact that they already knew too much.
Sophia stepped into her room after spending the whole day in the fortress, tightening the security, updating the firewalls and creating new anonymous drifters. Exhausted after a tedious day, she didn’t bother with the usual routine bath and Jacuzzi. She just kicked off her loafers and lay on the bed face down. Just then her phone rang. She grudgingly went to her bag that was on the bedside table and took out the phone. She opened the message that came in. It was from Bee Hive.
The location of Sean and Eva had been identified. That was the best news she had heard in a while. She got up at the speed of light and went back to the fortress. She entered the mission room and waited for the door to shut behind her. The room was very dark. She brought her palm to her face. She could not see a thing. She waited a few seconds, straining her sharp ears and listening for any foreign sounds. At this time her eyes had acclimatised to the darkness and she could now see the outline of her fingers. When she was satisfied that she was alone, she snapped her fingers and said audibly:
“It’s a lovely day.”
“Password accepted. Welcome Agent S.” An electronic voice replied.
The huge room came to life. The previously dimmed lights gradually came on. There were three huge 60-inch touch screen computers on each wall.
Sophia folded her arms across her chest and moved to the screen to her left.
“What do we have Ope?” Sophia asked.
A small box appeared at the top corner of the screen showing a video of Ope in his tiny office. There were cans of soda scattered across his table. The remaining part of the screen changed, now showing a map.
“Good evening ma’am. Sorry to drag you out at this time.” Ope replied smiling.
“Save the pleasantries Ope and cut to the chase. What do you have for me?” Sophia said curtly.
“Eva got careless. We intercepted an online payment she made for a ticket to the premier of a movie at the Galleria. She used her mother’s maiden name during the transaction and a Master Card that she had not used in four years. Our Saturn-Extreme 145 satellite got the hit and intercepted the server, declining her request. She tried several times giving us the needed time to scrutinise details and complete tracking. On the fifth try, we were able to get her location.” Ope replied.
“Where is she?” Sophia asked.
“Our co-ordinates indicate that she is on the outskirts of the state. Abule Egba to be precise. However, I have a strong feeling that she is not alone.” Ope replied.
“Leave the feeling to me agent. Anything else I need to know?” Sophia asked.
“Asides the information on the movie premiere, I have nothing new to tell ma’am” Ope answered.
“Tell me about the Premiere.” Sophia said.
“Please look to the screen behind you.” Ope answered.
Sophia obeyed and turned. On the screen there were images of the Galleria and the Cinema section of the building. Ope showed her the exits, the viewing rooms, the reception and the red carpet area. He suggested possible vantage posts and also explained the possible movement of people in the cinema. They went through it a few times together. When Sophia had memorised it all, she asked Ope about the possibility of an assault while she’s mobile.
“I had thought about that option too but it is too complicated. We do not know how much help she has and how many people she would be with. I strongly suggest we move cautiously and approach with tact.” Ope advised.
Sophia thought about what Ope had said for a few minutes and agreed with him. It would be foolish to act hastily without knowing what the odds were. She nodded.
“Thank you Ope. Good Job. I will contact you with the details as soon as I am done.” She said.
Ope’s image disappeared and the screen went white. Sophia tapped the screen twice and a touchpad appeared. She had to reconfigure and change the codes, passwords and settings as she had just used them. She made sure that there was always a different code for each day and always tweaked the settings. When she was done, she shut down the computers manually and left the mission room.
The Colonel was seriously studying a tracking device he held on his left hand while Eva sat beside him, trying to get tickets for the movie premiere. Sean sat across the room, checking the .45 automatic pistol he loved to carry around. He cleaned the cartridges with a white rag, watching the Colonel closely.
“The card is not working. The portal is rejecting it.” Eva said to the Colonel complaining.
“The portal is not rejecting it. Someone from GhostCorp has intercepted the signal and is now tracking your card.” The Colonel said.
“Damn! I need to stop now!” Eva panicked.
“No girl. Don’t stop. That is the plan. We need to let them think we have been careless. Let them track you. I am monitoring the intercepting signals from here too. If they get to you, we get to them. Keep going Eva.” The Colonel said with authority.
Eva looked back at Sean seeking for reassurance. Sean laughed and nodded at her. She tried again and again until she was allowed to get it.
Just then the device in the Colonel’s hand beeped.
“They’ve got us. But we got them first.” The Colonel said.
days back when they attended the premier of a movie at the Cinemas in Victoria Island. They were attending as a couple and were all smiles as they got interviewed on the red carpet. As the Video Jockey interviewed Eva who was holding on to Sean’s arm, Sophia walked in to the Galleria. She was dressed in a beautiful red short sleeved gown which accentuated her curves. She wore light make up and her beautiful face shone in the illumination of the room. However, she was not alone.
There were a few agents in the room in strategic positions and a handful outside the building. Sophia wore a gold necklace with a golden Versace head pendant. It was not just a pendant. It was a tiny but powerful indoor camera.
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It was a bit rowdy when they got to the premier of the movie at the Cinemas in Victoria Island. The parking lot was filled to the brim and cars had begun to park on the streets. The chauffeur driving them found a spot just adjacent the Galleria entrance and parked the white Range Rover Autobiography Exquisite Edition neatly. Sean and Eva were attending as a couple and were all smiles as they got off the jeep and walked to the red carpet. For Sean it was an opportunity to get out of the house and get some air after eleven days of compulsory house arrest. He saw nothing amusing about the whole charade. He was not going to be in any sort of action. The Colonel’s instruction was to be all smiles and play nice. He itched for action. He had not used the gym in close to two weeks. His muscles already felt flabby. He wanted to feel alive. He fought the temptation to break away from Eva and snoop around. He knew he was not going to get any chance to do that. Eva was to make sure of that. He kept up the act, smiling dryly at the cameras and posing intermittently for the paparazzi.
For Eva it was another day to show off her curves, to display her beauty and to be naughty. The Colonel was on the thirteenth floor of a bank, three hundred yards opposite the Galleria. He had already set up his devices, and was looking through the eyes of his powerful binoculars, monitoring guests and waiting for his golden fish to arrive. There was a sniper rifle set up on a tripod to his left, overlooking the street through an open window. For the Colonel it was a night to strike the predator. He was going to wait for the perfect moment, and then he would attack. Unseen. Unnoticed. As the Video Jockey interviewed Eva who was holding on to Sean’s arm, Sophia walked in to the Galleria. She was dressed in a beautiful red short sleeved gown which accentuated her curves. She wore light make up and her beautiful face shone in the illumination of the room. Sean saw her first. His eyes met Sophia’s. They were locked in that gaze for about 10 seconds until someone accosted Sophia, asking that she take a picture with him. Eva was busy replying the questions from the VJ. However she had seen Sophia too, but none of them noticed. Sean scratched the middle of his head with his forefinger
The Colonel saw the sign.
“Roger that papi. I see her.” The Colonel said.
Sean heard it through the wireless earpiece that was carefully and strategically placed inside his left ear. He brought his hand to his moustache, rubbing it gently. It was a sign to tell the Colonel that he had lost visual of Sophia.
“Sir, you look really good. What are your expectations for this movie?” The VJ asked Sean
“I think it is going to be a great watch thank you. We want front row seats so we have to go now.” Sean replied, cutting him off and leading Eva away from the red carpet and towards the cinema room. As they walked, Sean whispered to her ears,
“Is she alone?”
Eva did not turn or look sideways. She knew the message was not for her but for the Colonel.
“For now she looks alone. But I doubt that she came here unaccompanied. Soon, I will be able to sniff out her goons. They are doing a good job of blending in right now but they will give themselves away before long.” The Colonel replied to Sean’s ears.
“Okay Davinci.” Sean finished.
They stood in a queue, waiting for the cinema room to be opened so that they could go in and watch the movie.
Sophia was still on the red carpet taking pictures and signing autographs. She was widely known for her varying range of designer clothing called SophFactor and the humanitarian works she was deeply engaged in. She watched as Sean and Eva moved to the waiting line and noticed how close he whispered to Eva. She fought the desire to grab Sean and kiss him softly on the lips. He was looking very handsome and cool. However, she was not alone.
TO BE CONTINUED.
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