All’s well …
After an uneventful trip back home with some friendly Russians, it’s back to business for David and Alisha.
There’s the compound in rural England, the one with the fence that would normally be impenetrable. David and the team, forced into action because of a basic mistake, take the fortress by storm, and discover … nothing.
The birds have flown the coop.
Well, they think they have.
Then there’s the castle, and discreet movements at night means something’s afoot, and there’s yet another fortress to be stormed.
And, in the process, David is reunited with an old acquaintance.
But, a search of the new buildings finds something David never expected to find.
Back in London, David goes to visit Prendergast, not so well protected these days, at his private residence. After a meaningful chat, the association between them is over, and Prendergast has played his last game with David.
Then it’s simply a matter of going to pick up Susan from the airport, and Boris getting the word she can come home.
They, too, have a meaningful chat in the car back to the London residence, and then the Castle, where Boris has accepted an invitation from David for a short stay.
Skeet shooting is only one of the things David has lined up.
Then, after a few months, life returns to normal in an unusual place, far, far away on the other side of the world.
Words written today, 3,699, for a total of 76,418.
There will probably be more because I feel there are parts that were written too hastily, but that will be rectified in the first edit.