Thursday January 10, 2019

6:35 pm

Rob McShay’s House

Rob came in to his kitchen through the door leading out to the garage and when he saw the laptop sitting on his counter, he stopped in his tracks.

“I’m sorry to let myself in, but I needed to be discreet.” Rob set his briefcase on the counter and opened the door to the refrigerator,

“You want a beer?” He asked Simon as he reached in and pulled one out for himself.

“No thank you. I really am sorry I broke in, but that laptop holds the secrets that put Nikki in the hospital and started me on the journey I have been on since my wife’s death. I’m sure you already know that I used to work for the government. The outfit I was working for was run by one man and he was tasked with eliminating risks to the security of our country. We weren’t restrained by the same set of rules that you have to abide by in the FBI. The director answers to a committee and once they determine a verifiable threat to the United States, we were tasked to go eliminate the problem. Sometimes, it was brutal and messy to send a message. Sometimes, people would just disappear and no one would be the wiser. Most of the time, the target died of natural causes. As time went on, I found out that the director was using his position to further his own ambitions. Once I found out, I made plans to leave the organization and the director must have figured it out because he sanctioned my execution. Fortunately for me….not so much for him….they missed. Three times now.” Simon paused, letting that sink in for a moment and then he continued,

“The contents of that laptop show exactly what the director was up to and at least 7 of the executions had nothing to do with national security, but all of their deaths had a positive outcome for the director personally. I also found his offshore accounts and left that information on the laptop. Most of it anyway. You are the only man I trust Rob and I am leaving this for you to deal with as you see fit. I will add that I have taken steps to insure that in the event of my untimely demise, the contents of that laptop will go public worldwide. The fall out would certainly eliminate the current administration and could even destabilize our relationship with our allies. Some of the problems we eliminated were in other countries, not all unfriendly to the US.” Rob sat down at one of the stools at the bar and finished his beer, clearly rattled by Simon’s information. Simon rose from the table and headed toward the back door where he turned and faced Rob,

“Thank you for what you did for Nikki, she is getting better by the day and is anxious to get back to work, even though she isn’t strong enough to do so. D and I are ready when you need us.” Simon nodded once and disappeared out the back door. Rob went to the bar in the living room, needing something significantly stronger than a beer to digest all that he had just heard.

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