Having finished a first draft of the words to fit the last plotline, while this is still bouncing around in my head, I need to keep the plot going.
That means I have to find a way to make Bill more interesting. I’m not saying getting shot is just another ordinary event on another boring day at the office, but it needs something to lift into the reader’s consciousness, and want to see where he’s going to go with it.
Revenge is not on the cards because he has no idea who was shooting at him, or the fact at this time, it seems they, whoever they are, were out to assassinate Aitchison.
Why you ask.
There will be a reason, so sit back and relax, we’re not there yet.
Bill wakes up in the hospital and finds Jennifer there. He remembers what has happened and realizes how lucky he is to survive.
After a period of recovery, Bill is questioned by Gator, the detective also now in charge of the shooting investigation, as, he tells Bill, there seems to be a connection between the two (obviously because it concerns the company Bill works for).
Bill cannot remember much of the detail of the earlier network outage and situation, but the import of Gator’s investigation is centered on the deaths of Halligan, Aitchison, and the attempts of both him and Jennifer. I think we can safely say Jennifer was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Gator also reveals there are still problems with the computer systems at Transworld, a question of missing files, and a security breach. He also advises Bill of Wiesenthal’s arrival and temporary management role.
(OK, a new character, Wiesenthal, he needs to be slightly sinister, and there for reasons that are not explained straight away.)
On the mend, and with time on his hands, Bill will have two new events to think about.
Firstly, and certainly not unwelcome, but a bit of a surprise is the continual presence of Jennifer. He discovers that Jennifer has the same feelings for him and he has for her.
Secondly, and probably the more important of the two, and cause for concern, is the return of some of his memories in relation to service in the army during various engagements overseas, and one in particular. Worse, he cannot understand why now, of all times, these particular memories should be returning.
He knew something bad had happened to him back then but was thankful that his mind had managed to keep it at bay for as long as it had.
But the nightmares become real, and the first of many plays out in his mind like a movie, where everything and everyone is in a surreal theatre production. There he finally remembers what his mind has blocked for so long – that he was in a camp of sorts as a prisoner, and its something to do with his days in the Army.
In light of these memories returning, a Brigadier General pays a visit and explains the missing parts of his service life. Why he did so Bill couldn’t immediately understand but didn’t question it. Then Ellen conveniently visits him, laments his misfortune, and goes over the reasons for not telling him about his past (now that he’s remembered it) and wished him well for the future.
Before he leaves the hospital, Gator returns to tie up loose ends, that all that appeared to be sinister was not, and could be explained rationally. It marked the end of his investigation, albeit a little too convenient Bill thinks but again says nothing.
He finally goes home with Jennifer.
Another dream – of the beginning of a lifelong friendship with ‘Brainless’ a fellow soldier, and someone he has known off and on since Army days, but who also had not alerted him to what he now remembered, also no doubt for a very good reason.
And the remembrance of the word Starburst – but he has no idea of its significance.
Well, that’s a lot to deal with, and will keep me writing long into the night.
And more people.
This story is starting to have a list of credits as long as the end of a movie!