The cinema of my dreams – Was it just another surveillance job – Episode 54

This story is now on the list to be finished so over the new few weeks, expect a new episode every few days.

The reason why new episodes have been sporadic, there are also other stories to write, and I’m not very good at prioritizing.

But, here we are, a few minutes opened up and it didn’t take long to get back into the groove.

Things are about to get complicated…

Before I left the building, I got Joanne to take me to the tech division, humorously comparing it the Q branch of James Bond fame, and getting a very stern response.

Also in the basement, it was a nerd in a white coat, in a small room, with shelves of boxes, and three computers on his desk.  I think he was just the IT guy, trying to look like he was someone important.

But, he did have a device that could scan for bugs and trackers and made me sign a dozen forms before I could take it with me.  A simple test discovered a tracker under the lapel of my jacket, almost invisible.

One of the departments, only used by the department, so it deepened the mystery.

Good to know that when I left the building no one could track me.

When I arrived at the Wimbledon building, Jennifer was waiting for me in the shadows, almost scaring the daylights out of me when she appeared.  It gave her a moment of amusement.

“No need to ask if you were followed?”

“Second only to you in avoiding tails.  I always thought you had a thing for me, such was your ability to follow me everywhere.”

“It was a passing thought, but we were told not to date fellow trainees.  It is good advice, and served as a distraction.  Luckily we were not distracted, or we’d be where our fellow classmates are now.”

She followed me into the building and up to the flat.

“Safe house?”

She recognised the hallmarks, the necessity of having another address.  Small, off the main roads, but still readily accessible.

“Got is while still in training, hoping I wouldn’t flunk out.  You?”

“Didn’t see the need, but now…”

“You can use this if you like.  I have a spare key.”

“Until I get my own.”

I got her the key.

Then, “Tonight, I’m going to see Severin.  He called me and asked to meet.  I suspect he knows about Maury, and if I was in his shoes, I would be worried I’d be next.  It will be interesting to hear what he says.”

“And my job?”

“Make sure he doesn’t bring anyone with him, so it’ll be a check of the perimeter.  I suspect he will bring along Jan.”  I’d sent her a photo of her for identification.  “There might also be another, Joanne, one of Monica’s people, but since I scrubbed the tracker, it’s unlikely.”  I showed her a photo of Joanne too, taken back at the office when she wasn’t looking.

I also brought out the scanner and ran it over her.

“What’s that?”

“Checks for bugs and trackers.”

She didn’t seem fazed, and the device didn’t register any trackers or bugs, so she had to be clean.  It was good that at least one of us was free to work without being instantly recognised.  If Jan was there, she would be taken by surprise.

“And if I find either of those two?”

“Neutralise them.”

“In plain sight?”

“Training.  You know how to improvise.”

I could see the wry expression on her face.  The training we got for that particular aspect did not go according to plan, and two of the ‘targets’ got knocked out, the searchers getting too enthusiastic.

Both Jennifer and I had been ‘targets’ too, but we were not found.

I looked at my watch.

“Time to go.”

© Charles Heath 2020-2023

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