© Oluwatosin Emmanuel Oyinloye
The FOX Office,
Steve was sitting in his office, trying to rush up some paperwork when someone knocked on his door.
“Come in,” he said as he closed the file temporarily.
The Agent who was monitoring the camera planted at the entrance of Evelyn’s house walked in.
“Sir, we’ve been able to identify the electrician. His name is Ciaran Clark and he’s not an electrician. I found out he works as a cleaner at the shopping mall near the house.”
“Sh*t!” Steve cursed. “Get some men to go question him right away. Find out his relationship with Evelyn’s boyfriend and what else he knows in that house.”
“Right away, sir,” the officer turned and proceeded out of the office.
As he opened the door, he met Evelyn standing outside.
“Good afternoon, Agent,” he greeted.
“Good afternoon,” she greeted back with a warm smile.
He walked away, leaving the door open for her.
Evelyn stepped in with a file in her hands and shut the door behind her.
“I ran into the chairman two minutes ago and he wants to get the latest information concerning the Red Wolves and Abraham Carter immediately,” she said as she walked closer to his table. “And that means we might have to talk to Daysman now. I’ve called for him to be brought to the interrogation room already.”
His phone began to ring before he could speak. He took a glance at the screen and saw the caller. It was the Junior Agent who was in charge of the surveillance outside Evelyn’s house. He had told the Agent to call him immediately he had any information and was quite sure the officer already had something for him.
He silenced the phone and turned to look at Evelyn. “I’m not yet done with my paperwork, I’ll call you in an hour.”
“I guess you might have to come back to the paper work, sir. We have to go question the man with anything we have ready,” Evelyn replied.
He gave her a thin gaze and wondered why she was troubling him. His phone had stopped ringing but he knew he had to call the agent back immediately, in case there was any valuable information. Before he could finish thinking of what to say, the phone began to ring again. The agent was calling a second time.
“Can you just wait and I’ll call you when I’m through with my work?” he slammed.
“Okay,” she replied calmly and then took out her phone. “I’ll let the Chairman know you asked him to wait for an hour.”
“What the f*** are you doing?” He shot an angry look at her.
He sighed and got up angrily. “Let’s go to the interrogation room,” he added as he arranged his file quickly.
She locked the phone and returned it into the pocket of her suit jacket.
He picked up his ringing phone and stared at the screen for a moment.
“Can you excuse me for a minute, I need to answer this call,” he said to her.
She stared at his face for a second as if to assess if he was lying or not.
“That’s fine,” she nodded gently in agreement. “I’ll be waiting outside your office.”
The phone stopped ringing before she could step out of the office. He was trying to return the call when it began to ring again.
“Hey! Any news for me?” He spoke in hush tones, staring at the door as if to check if Evelyn was listening from outside.
“Yes, there’s an enclosed truck that parked ten minutes ago at the front of the gate, completely blocking our view and even the camera. It appeared as if the truck broke down and the driver was trying to fix it but I just noticed that it might not be a coincidence. Maybe they’re trying to move something…”
“F***! Can you move closer and check without making them notice you?” Steve asked.
“What’s that?” Steve asked, wondering what was happening. There was no response for some seconds. “Hey, what’s happening?”
“The truck just moved, sir.”
“Okay, do you think they moved something?”
“I don’t know,” he answered. “It looks as normal as it was before.”
“Okay, get the details of the truck and send it to the office for tracking and don’t take your eyes off the place…”
“I gotta go now, talk to you later,” Steve hurriedly ended the call as Evelyn opened the door and peeped in.
“It’s past a minute already, sir,” she said.
He picked his file and headed towards the door without saying anything.”
Inside the apartment
“Did you see them?” Henry asked, speaking into his phone. He was sitting on a side of the dining table while Samantha was sitting in the opposite direction.
“Yeah, I got a clear view,” Dave answered from the other end. “There are two vehicles at the other side. The men are staring right at the truck.”
“Okay, good. Let me know if they try to trail you or not.”
“I’ll tell you once I see them coming,” Dave replied.
Henry ended the call and dropped the phone on the table.
“Boss,” Maxwell entered the living room from the inner section. “Here’s the last of the laser boxes,” he added as he placed a cubic device on the table.
“Are you sure there’s no other one around?” Henry asked.
“Yes, we packed everything into the truck and Dave has gone with them,” Maxwell replied affirmatively. “The only thing we left was the cameras, just as you instructed.”
“That means the FOX will find nothing here when they try to visit again,” Henry said and then tapped on the laptop in front of him.
“Yes, but it also means we don’t have anything to protect ourselves if they try to attack us,” Maxwell added.
“The FOX won’t attack us, we are not terrorists,” Henry said. “And even if they chose to attack us, we won’t kill any FOX man. It’s good we took out the devices.”
“I’m just having a bad feeling about all this,” Samantha who had been quiet complained.
“A bad feeling?” Henry stared at her.
“Yeah,” she confirmed. “Almost all our guns, shields, armours, and every other thing has been moved. We should have at least kept more guns and bullets.”
“The pistols we have will be enough,” Henry replied.
“Pistols with only six rounds of bullets?” Maxwell questioned.
Henry paused what he was doing on the laptop and rested his back. He glanced at Sam’s face and then Maxwell. “I don’t know what you guys are talking about. But if you think I’m going to go on a war against the FOX, I won’t.”
Maxwell sighed and dragged a seat closer. “Well, Dave is already on his way to Benuit with everything. So, I guess it’s late even if you agree that we need weapons.”
“We don’t need weapons now. We ain’t fighting against the FOX,” Henry corrected.
“If you say so,” Maxwell shrugged.
01: 02 PM
“How close are you guys?” Hutton asked over the phone. He was sitting in the passenger seat of a black jeep with tinted glasses. Kahn was driving the car while Chanda was sitting at the back. They were all dressed in black suits.
“Very close, we will be there in three minutes,” a voice replied from the other end.
“Remember what I told you,” Hutton continued. “Look out for the security devices and destroy them first before proceeding. And don’t leave any of them alive.”
Hutton ended the call and returned the phone into his pocket.
“Why are we still going after them after you’ve instructed them to kill everyone?” Chanda asked.
“Carl Winston won’t go down easily,” Hutton answered him. “I’m going there to make sure he dies if the men fail to kill him.”
“So, what’s the plan? What’s our role?” Kahn glanced at Hutton.
“For now, all you need to do is drop me off at the place and keep your communicators on. I’ll let you know what I need you to do for me,” Hutton explained.
“So, we wait at the agreed point?” Kahn asked for confirmation.
“Yeah, I’ll communicate to you if you need to do anything else.”
The FOX Office,
“I don’t know so much about Abraham Carter,” Daysman responded to a question they had asked him.
“Tell us the little you know,” Evelyn persisted. Steve was sitting beside her but he was totally restless. He had placed his phone in silence for the duration of the interrogation but he knew it must have been ringing.
“I only know him as one of the men who is Hutton Ryker’s enemy, nothing else.”
“Why would he be Hutton Ryker’s enemy?” Evelyn asked and leaned forward. “I’ve tried to make a connection between the two of them and I couldn’t find anything.”
“I truly don’t know anything about him. If I knew, I would tell you. Hutton always thinks about days like this and that’s why he never gives us full information at once,” Daysman explained.
“If you don’t know much about their connection, you should be able to tell us how we can get more information about them,” Evelyn suggested.
Daysman was quiet for a while and then shook his head. “The only man that could have full information is Elvis Kahn. If you can get to Elvis Kahn, you have already gotten to Hutton.”
“But you know it’s quite difficult to reach Elvis Kahn too.”
Daysman sighed and shook his head. “I’m sorry, I don’t know any way I can help you.”
“Do you know you will remain with us if you don’t provide enough help for us to pull down Hutton Ryker?”
“I know that and I’m trying my best,” Daysman raised his voice. “But how do you want me to provide information on what I don’t know?”
“It’s okay,” Evelyn gestured with her hands, asking him to calm down.
She glanced at Steve and noticed he was just staring like an onlooker without contributing. She was tempted to ask him why he was quiet but decided to postpone the question.
An idea came into her mind and then she stared at Daysman for a while. “I have an idea that could help us get what we want but it all depends on you.”
“Let me know what I have to do,” Daysman requested, leaning forward and looking interested.
“Teach me the best way to get a mole into the Red Wolves.”
Daysman let out a forced breath and pulled back immediately.
“That won’t be easy and will also be dangerous for the mole. It’s instant death if Hutton finds out.”
“That’s if he finds out, isn’t it?”
Daysman sighed. “It might be very difficult. You don’t just need someone to join the Red Wolves, you need someone to get close to Hutton Ryker. But nobody just gets close to Hutton, he selects those he wants around him.”
“Talking about getting close to Hutton,” another idea popped into Evelyn’s mind. “Can’t you do the job?”
“What do you mean?” Daysman asked.
“I mean, you getting close and being our mole.”
“What the heck! How do I do that when I’m locked behind bars.”
“We’ll work out your release and then you’ll go back to them.”
“They know I can’t just be released. They’ll suspect that I must have cut a deal.”
“Yeah, you tell them the truth. Let them know that you cut a deal and get them to trust you….”
“I know where you’re heading to, Miss. I can’t even try that, he’s not a fool. And besides, there’s every possibility that Hutton will kill me once he finds out I’m out of this place. So, I don’t think that will work.”
Evelyn sighed tiredly. “Okay, then let’s go for someone else. The person might not be so close to Hutton himself, we only a mole that can get us information about their next moves.”
“There’s someone I know that may be willing to work with you,” Daysman’s face lit up quickly as he remembered someone.
“The Wolves have forced him to create two explosive devices against his will, and I’m sure he’d be willing to help you bring them down.”
“What’s his name and where can I find him?”
— Twenty minutes later –
“Were you serious about releasing Daysman to go work as a mole?” Steve asked as they both stepped out of the interrogation room.
“Whether I was serious or not doesn’t matter. You simply don’t have a right to complain because you never contributed to the interrogation.”
“I told you I wasn’t done with my work, didn’t I?” Steve retorted. “You forced me to join you immediately. I just think you know something more about this Red Wolves thing and I’m gonna prove it.”
They both stopped on the way and faced each other to have the conversation.
“I don’t know what you’re thinking, Steve. But it’ll be for your good to stop looking into me. You’re going to be sentenced for life if I report that you killed two people in my apartment.”
“What two people are you talking about? Stop accusing me without having proofs,” Steve defended himself fiercely.
Evelyn chuckled. “You’re messing with the wrong person, Steve. I have enough proofs to show that you killed those two men.”
“You’re bluffing, you’ve got nothing to prove it. I didn’t kill anyone and I wasn’t even at your apartment.”
“Well, I guess you will have to explain why you came back to the office to use Agent Maria’s computer the night after the murder,” she said and was about to leave.
Steve grabbed her arm to stop her. “What are you talking about?”
“I’m talking about you gaining access to the camera section and deleting footages recorded from the area during the exact time of the murder. Wasn’t that trying to delete the proofs?”
Steve was dumbfounded. Evelyn was really on his case and she seemed more ready for the fight than he was. She truly had enough proofs to get him into trouble.
“Can you let me go?”
He realized he was still grabbing her arm and released it quickly.
She scoffed and eyed him before walking away.
He ran his fingers through his hair as he watched her walk away. There must be something he can do not to let her have the last laugh. She was blackmailing him with a mistake.
He only needed to prove that killing the men was in self-defence. It is also possible that he proved that Evelyn herself had sent the men to kill him. If he was able to provide evidence of his own evidence, he would prove to the FOX that Evelyn was a part of the Wolves.
He took out his phone quickly and checked the time first. It was a minute past two o’clock. He then swiped down to check the missed calls notifications. There were five missed calls from the Agent and one message. He read the SMS quickly and then dialled the number.
“What’s the update?” he asked.
“Sir, the truck was driven to a waste disposal centre,” the voice from the other end replied.
“Huh?” Steve found it difficult to believe.
“Yes, they tracked it from the office and that’s where it went.”
“There must be something else, man. These guys are just trying to outsmart us,” Steve said as he continued towards his office.
“Boss, Dave has just gotten there,” Maxwell announced to Henry as he walked back to the dining area.
Henry was still at the dining but now sitting alone with the laptop.
“Good,” Henry replied. “Tell the others to get ready, we have to shift our focus to tonight’s task and finish up our planning.”
“We’re ready,” Maxwell answered instantly.
“It’s time then,” Henry said and then clicked on the start button to hibernate his system.
02: 10 PM
Steve had barely settled in his office when he got another call from the same guy again. He answered hurriedly and placed the phone close to his ear to listen.
“What’s up, man?”
“I think something is happening here…”
“What is it?” Steve asked curiously.
His eyes narrowed slowly and he clenched his fists as he heard the reply.
“Step back, dudes,” One of the Wolves men at the gate said to his partners.
There were about seven cars parked outside the gate. All the men that had stepped outside were dressed in black.
The other men stepped back as the leader of the team attached a silencer to his pistol. He also took a step back and then fired at the lock of the gate. The gate gave way. The leader stepped back and signalled to his men. They began to step into the place one after the other, pulling out their guns.
“The gate is opened,” the leader said into the communicator.
“I’ll be there in thirty seconds,” Hutton replied from the other end.
The leader ended the connection and walked in with his men.
Twenty-eight seconds later, the black jeep with tinted glasses stopped at the gate and Hutton stepped out of the car. He was now putting on dark sunshades and had a cap on his head. The car drove off after he dropped.
Hutton was fully armed and ready. He had a long gun held in his hand and two pistols in his pocket. There was also a Kevlar worn under his suit jacket. He watched his men proceed towards the building.
It was his opportunity to finally take care of Carl Winston and he was going to handle it by himself.
A loud alarm suddenly started to sound from behind.
Maxwell widened his eyes and turned to Henry. “Isn’t that the alarm? That means someone just broke in.”
To be continued