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Stories from the Verse
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Option one: he could talk to Sammie. Right. What could he say? The boyfriend no one is supposed to know you have is using you to steal government secrets? Thatís not going to work.
Option two: he could talk to the ambassador. Of course, he has never actually spoken with the ambassador apart from being greeted upon his arrival, and the ambassador probably wonít be happy at the idea that the secret service planted someone in his embassy without informing him. He also isnít going to be happy with the news at any level--his daughter has been ditching her security detail to meet a local boyfriend probably four to six years older than her, and has been leaking government secrets in the process. Heads will roll, and mine might be one of them, he thought.
Option three: he could try to get a message back to C in London. He would have to go through the CIA contacts--but this might be too touchy to trust to the CIA. Nice people, maybe, but theyíre in the secrets business, and this might be a big one.
Option four: he could take the local security department into his confidence, and let them know what is happening. Probably they were aware of the leak and working on finding it already. They might be bothered at the thought that someone thought to send in an outsider, and particularly as he does not look much like an expert and honestly had never done anything quite like this before--but they should be willing to work with him. Of course, he couldnít prove that he was working for British intelligence, and they would have a hard time getting confirmation of that claim--his very existence is probably above their clearance level. Thatís not likely to work.
Of course, there is the guy who is supposed to be watching her. He already knows that sheís disappearing; he also has an interest in resolving it quietly--he does not want anyone to know she has been eluding him. That might, at least, be the place to start.
He was not going to resolve this tonight. He would have to sleep on it and figure out what he was doing tomorrow.
There is a behind-the-writings look at the thoughts, influences, and ideas of this chapter, along with twenty other sequential chapters of this novel, in mark Joseph "young" web log entry #257: Verser Relationships. Given a moment, this link should take you directly to the section relevant to this chapter. It may contain spoilers of upcoming chapters.
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