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Episode 12 - Doggone it!

Posted October 26, 2010 5:46 PM by English Rose
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Blaine strode through the wide corridor of the 44th floor. People nodded to him, a couple even passed him message slips; these he dropped surreptitiously on empty desks in the open plan area. He smiled at how easily people believed you were a big-shot if you simply acted enough like one. Several people smiled back; one over-enthusiastic fellow slapped him on the back. Blaine shook his hand without breaking stride, the congratulations still ringing in his ears as he turned the corner.

Two more strides and he could feel his shoes sinking into the deep pile of the wool carpet of the directors' corridor. Blaine altered his stride from the long brash stride of those climbing the corporate ladder to the slower, more assured stride of those who had climbed to the top and were now safely ensconced on the high platform. He made his way silently along the dark wood panelled corridor, breathing deeply the scent of beeswax polish, time and money that pervaded the space. He could hear the muted sounds of conversation coming from a room near the far end and continued his silent progress until he could slip into the room next door. Once inside, he quietly shut the door and used one of the mock Chippendale chairs to wedge the handle. With the lights out, he climbed on the live oak credenza; swung the portrait of the firm's founder away from the wall and put his eye to the fish-eye lens concealed behind it.

Blaine had cause to bless his academy instructors that day. Had they not reinforced with such enthusiastic rigour the insistence that an agent remain silent at all times, he would surely have made a sound as the scene in the conference room came into focus. With the aid of a stethoscope he could also hear the conversation between the room's two occupants. This audio enabled Blaine to identify the two men.

The first, prone on the polished teak table, Blaine quickly recognised as Andrew Wolfenden, CEO of a large semi-conductor company. The second had his back to Blaine, so it was a few seconds before Blaine recognised the voice as that of Michael Glenson, owner and chief executive of a leading city law firm. What on earth were the pair of them doing here, Blaine wondered, and why was Wolfenden tied to the table? The fish-eye lens also revealed something of which Blaine had previously been unaware: Glenson was one of them - the lens clearly showed his aura. Blaine wondered if his handler knew of this man's existence.

At last Blaine's brain registered the details of Glenson's threat to Wolfenden. It became obvious that Wolfenden would not give Glenson the information requested. Blaine didn't fully understand Glenson's threat to "cook [Wolfenden] like a Weiner" when first he heard it, but Glenson soon demonstrated the meaning very clearly.

He produced two large metal tubes or rods; Blaine couldn't tell whether or not they were hollow. Then he realised it didn't really matter, when Glenson held one in front of Wolfenden's face, pressed a button, causing fins to spring out along their length. Blaine could only listen in horror as Glenson explained what would happen to Wolfenden – how 110V wouldn't kill him, at least not directly. It would, however, slowly heat his body tissues, effectively cooking him. Of course, this process would take some time, but they had three days, as this was a Labour Day weekend. He, Glenson, would be back to check on him, Wolfenden, a couple of times, just in case he changed his mind about revealing the information. Glenson gazed fondly at his finned tubes, and sighed. He retracted the fins and put the tubes away.

"Using those would be too quick," he explained to Wolfenden.

Twenty minutes later, when Blaine was sure Glenson had left the building, he let himself into the conference room and released Wolfenden, removing the croc-clips from the bound man's hands and feet.

An hour later and the men were at Blaine's safe house, working on a disguise for Wolfenden. Blaine put a call through to his handler.

Lightly inspired by Hot Dog

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10/27/2010 4:28 AM

Nice beeswax reference (we know the secret signifance of beeswax), and does this man feature anywhere <tee hee>
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10/27/2010 8:20 AM

Patience, Grasshopper. Guard well the secret of the beeswax (especially from nosy skwibbles)

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10/27/2010 7:33 AM

Them? Can't wait to learn more about that one Another great episode added to the list.

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10/27/2010 8:20 AM

Thanks.

I wrote these so long ago that I keep forgetting you lot don't know the plot yet...

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Plot? You mean there's a ... never mind
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10/27/2010 11:24 AM

<ER puts the unopened tin of tuna back in the cupboard>

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