‘Nicholas, speak up, what’s happening?’ Cole said into the phone. He was sitting in the stationary car, waiting for Tarasha’s command when he got the call.
He still couldn’t hear anything in reply. He took the phone off his ear and stared at the screen for a second. ‘Hey Nicholas,’ he spoke and still didn’t get a reply. He cut the call and then redialed Nicholas’ number. It was not answered. He began to wonder if Nicholas had dialled his number by mistake or if there was something wrong which Nicholas was trying to get his attention to.
He picked his tablet device from the backseat and placed it on his lap. He unlocked and quickly opened the NSCC application. He typed in the address of the base into the dialog box and clicked on search camera points. It completed the search in a minute and showed more than ten points of cameras present in the street and the ones capturing routes leading into the street.
He began to select the points one after the other. He realized that there was indeed trouble when all the points couldn’t fetch the stream in real time, only the past hour footages were available.
He checked the time. He was yet to get any instruction from Tarasha yet and had not been able to reach her. He needed to make a decision between waiting for Tarasha’s instruction and going to the base to see what was wrong.
He remembered that Henry was with Tarasha, he decided to reach Henry to get the update he needed and also update Henry on what was happening.
Henry kept going back and forth, not knowing what to do. The train had continued moving again and a lot of people had gone back to their seats while very few were still arguing that the sound they heard in the train was a gunshot. One of the men argued that he heard a man from the VIP section saying the gun was shot in his room.
He found an empty seat and settled on it. He opened his Google map to show the current location of the train, then he checked the previous location (where it had stopped for several minutes before moving again). He zoomed the map and checked the routes connected to it’s previous stationary location. He located all the routes possible for Elvis Richards to have escaped through when the train stopped.
He was about dialing Cole’s number when the call from Cole came in. He answered immediately.
‘Henry, I tried to use my Talkon to connect to the boss but it’s not working,’ Cole’s voice came through.
‘I think she’s very busy in a scuffle with Rex, I’m about going to locate where they are but the Vice President has escaped from the train and I need you to check through the possible routes he might have taken.’
‘The train stopped for some minutes and began to move again, he must have dropped them.’
‘Have you searched everywhere for him, he must have been hidden somewhere by Rex and it might be difficult for you to recognize him because he would be disguised.’
‘I didn’t search everywhere but I confirmed through the cameras and scanners at the entrance of the train that he left already and he was disguised truly.’
‘That’s crazy, but I won’t be able to go after him. I think Nicholas has some trouble moving Madam Henrietta and the Doctor from the base, the NSCC cameras have also been strangely disconnected, I can’t get the live streams.’
‘What? You have to go check them right away,’ Henry said.
‘Yeah, please tell the boss in case.’
After the call with Cole ended, Henry got more interested in finding out how Elvis Richards could have gone out of the train. He didn’t know whether to accept that it was pre planned or if it was planned on the train. He opened his NSCC application on his tablet but as it loaded, another thought came to his mind and he switched to his newly designed application.
He opened the archives of the Vice President’s contact and saw that the man had made a couple of new phone calls, he believed he could get information about the man’s movement from it.
He played the recorded audio of the man’s last call first, it was a received call done five minutes ago.
‘Sir, we’ve just located the place and we’re getting them all out.’
‘Good work boy, I’ll get the message to Rex as soon as he contacts me.’ Elvis Richards voice sounded in reply. ‘Make sure you keep me updated and don’t make any mistakes.’
Henry took a pause after listening to the last phone call. He pondered on every word spoken by both ends. His assumption was that the place located had to be their operation base and his support for the assumption was the call he had just received from Cole. Elvis Richards’ promise of getting the information to Rex also proved that Elvis Richards was not in the same place with Rex.
He exited the folder containing the recorded audios and switched to check the details of the call. He traced the calls to the location they were made him from and that helped him confirm that the man had gone off the train and was in a vehicle driving him to a different location.
He returned to the folder of recorded audios again and played the call before the last one.
‘Good afternoon sir,’ a voice sounded from the other side.
‘Agent Tim, what can I do for you please?’
‘The police has gotten information about your train movement and the inspector general has ordered for your train to be stopped.’
‘What train? I’m not on a train.’
‘Uhn, well, I thought I should tell you in case because the police has been told where the train would halt and we’re coming there’
‘Thank you, Agent Tim.’
Henry took a moment to think again. He wondered if it was the stop that had already taken place that the Agent was telling the Vice President about or another. He didn’t see any police officer come on board when the train stopped, so it got him more confused. He went ahead to play previous recorded audio.
‘James, how are you?’
‘Father, I’m alright. I’ve been worried about you,’ the call receiver replied.
‘Son, I’m glad we brought in Rex to this plan. He’s got amazing foreknowledge of almost everything. We got attacked by Samantha Osman on the train.’
‘What the heck! So where are you now?’ James sounded worried.
‘I’m no longer in the train, he made plans though Stainless with the train driver, they stopped at a pre planned location for me to get down and I’m in a vehicle with one of his men.’
‘And where are they taking you to?’
‘I don’t know but I trust his judgement.’
‘I’ve tried to reach him severally but he never answers,’ James said.
‘I think he’s being careful of giving out his plans. Our information is leaking from someone and somewhere, that’s how Samantha got to now we planned to leave the house and use a train. So he keeps most to himself.’
‘I understand, please keep me updated.’
‘You also try as much as you can not to trust anybody with this information.’
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Everybody in the coach had their attention turned to the back as the door was crashed open by a lady. She landed with her backside on the ground in the aisle and amidst the broken parts of the door
Rex kicked the leftover of the door which had flipped back as he entered. He charged towards Tarasha immediately and bent to drag up forcefully. She grabbed his wrist as he tried to hold her neck and sent a kick to his chest but he grabbed her foot. He rolled his hand which she had caught and grabbed her wrist, changing the position. In a twinkle of an eye, he pulled her up and flung her roughly to the seat by the side.
One of the men sitting there was able to get up before she landed but she crashed into the other’s body as he stood to leave. He fell back into the seat and hit his head against the window, saving her from doing the same.
Rex charged towards her immediately and tried to push her kick into her belly but she stopped him with her two hands and grabbed his feet firmly as she struggled to get up immediately. She held on to his leg firmly even as he tried to take his leg from get hurt, she took two steps forward giving the man she fell upon space to step up and jump over the seat to a safe place. Other people sitting close to their fighting area had also gotten up and moved away.
Rex was finally able to release his leg from her grip and quickly threw another kick with the other leg but she punched away his feet making him hit his body against the seats in front.
He got up almost immediately as she jumped onto the seat to move away, he launched a quick blow and she dodged it easily. She sent him a kick on his chest and he started staggered back and almost fell but for the chairs behind which held his waist back. Before he could recover, she leaped and landed her feet on his chest, making him topple over to the front top of the seat. He rolled to the ground and quickly tried to get up on his feet amidst the intense pain he was feeling. He felt so foolish for allowing her get him with that move.
She had already gotten to his front before he could stand fully, and as he tried to raise his head, a heavy kick hit his chest slamming his back to the wall. He was yet to raise his head still when the rains of blow to his face and belly continued. He fell to his knees weakly. She stamped her feet on his back, close to his neck and he fell face forward. He tried to hold on to her but she wriggled off her feet and kicked him on the shoulder. She dragged him by the hand and pulled him out to the aisle.
At that point, Tarasha began to hear some sounds being made by the train and sensed that it was about to stop again, she got a bit distracted.
He allowed her pulled him but immediately she took her hands off to make another move, he rolled away and tried to get on his feet. She was however fast to see his move and quickly followed after him. He had just placed a feet on the ground when she kicked him on his shoulder sending him landing on the ground with his buttocks. He tried to get up immediately, ignoring the pains he felt but she sent another kick to his other shoulder. He fell back and made another trial to get up immediately, she launched another kick which hit his chest and he held onto her leg even as he fell back, dragging her with him and making her unbalanced.
Immediately he saw her stagger, he took the opportunity and swept her other feet off the ground with his leg.
She lost control and fell backwards but quickly turned and landed with her palms facing the floor. They managed to get up at the same time. Tarasha seeing that he wasn’t standing so strongly decided to take the opportunity and rushed to him with a kick, but he was expecting she would take the move and endured the pain he was feeling. He swerved and dodged her kick, in twinkling of an eye, leaped up and rolled in the air, he sent a kick to the side of her lips making her fall to the ground and almost hit the side of her head against the chair. He rose up quickly again and pulled her up by the neck, he turned her face to himself and punched her hard , she staggered back and he followed immediately with another punch.
‘Hey Stop!’ they suddenly heard a voice that distracted them and Rex stopped to look at the man who had come out of the crowd with a gun. He took two steps back and slowly raised his hand, Tarasha also took some steps back before turning to see what Rex was stepping back from.
‘Henry, stay out of this. Just go look for Elvis Richards on this train,’ Tarasha said to him. By this time, the train had totally stopped.
‘Get off the way Tara and let me shoot dead the idiot at once,’ Henry said in reply. He had entered into the coach at the time Rex had the upper hand and he had felt so mad watching him deal blows on Tarasha’s face.
‘Leave that for me, go look for Elvis Richards,’ Tarasha replied, changing her stand to a position she could clearly see Rex and Henry easily. Rex still had his hand raised up in the air and was moving back very slowly.
‘Elvis Richards is not on this train, he’s gotten out.’ Henry argued.
‘He’s on the train, he has been disguised remember.’ Tarasha retorted.
‘No Tara, he got off the train when it stopped the other time. He’s made some calls in a different location from the train, I monitored it with my app.’
The look on Tarasha’s eyes changed, she flashed a quick glance at Rex and met a smirk on his face. She looked at Henry again.
‘You’ve got to get out now also…’ Henry stopped to fire a quick shot as he saw Rex trying to escape but missed largely. Rex had gotten out through the back door already.
‘Hey Tara, there’s an attack at the base,’ Henry shouted aloud, seeing as Tarasha pulled out a gun and wanted to follow after Rex.
She halted as she got to the door and turned sharply. She gave Henry a sharp look, demanding an explanation.
‘I got a call from Cole some minutes ago, there are no streams from the NSCC cameras in the base area and it seems the location has been gotten by Elvis Richard’s men.’ Henry replied, walking towards Tarasha in quick steps.
‘But I asked Nicholas to move them to a new place already,’ Tarasha replied.
‘I don’t think they moved before they were attacked,’ Henry replied.
Tarasha’s heartbeat increased drastically as she remembered that she left her mother and Chief Gab in the base.
To be continued