infra-red filter, giving everyone on the screen an ethereal glow.

There was a white object lying on the floor, just to the side of the picture – it seemed familiar to him.

Holding the control stick, Jiyo moved the camera to get a better view, zooming in on the photo. A long hissing sound hissing escaped his lips and his eyes widened. Zooming in further, he felt his heart rate increase and a sweat dripping between his shoulders. Yes, he is right. There can be no mistake what awaits him in the lab.

He picked up the desk phone, he pressed at a number available to only a select few. Holding the phone to his ear, he continued staring at the CCTV screen. When answering his call he uttered four words, his tone being a dull, flat monotone.

”Kael. Isla. Now. Alone. ”

Taking a deep breath, Jiyo returned the handset to its holder and stood up, surprised at how weak his legs were at the sight. He was about to go to the elevator, he pressed the call-button, tapping his fingers on his thigh as the elevator car moved slowly from under the shaft.

The elevator seemed to last forever, but when the doors finally opened, Jiyo hesitated, it had to be prevented from re-closing with an outstretched hand. He stroked the back of her neck, and she went inside.

XXX

”Kael. Isla. Now. Alone. ”

When the clear voice spoke in his ear, adrenaline flowed through Edward Wills body. The quiet words caused a chill in his heart and a lump in his throat.

Kael is the code word of his PA, used in an open line when security is a concern. It only works in an extreme emergency – for emergencies.

It means he needs to act and act now; take the call seriously, because something bad is going on.

In the six years his PA has been working with him, Jiyo has never used it. Edwards lips parted as he thought of the phone call and its four words.

Kael. Isla. Now. Alone.

It is quite obvious that something bad is happening on Linapacan Island. Something very bad if Jiyo used the special code word.

Throughout the day with his Director of Finance in sorting out which tax haven would best house his companys revenue, Edward Wills was tired, and he promised to deliver his wife at night. Now heres Jiyos call, which doubled the pressure on him.

Leading a global conglomerate whose turnover has exceeded much of a small countrys national income is bad enough, without all this bloody cloak and dagger. Damn the man.

Jiyos emergency call upset Edward Wills more than hed like to admit, worrying over stress, despite being tired. This is the most tired he has felt in the thirty -five years since he started building his business – a business that spans thirty -three companies and employs approximately twenty -two thousand people in thirteen countries. . Edward Wills sighed loudly, he felt like he was a little farther away, higher and deeper.

Calling his wife, Edward waited until it appeared at the living room door, then gave her his best, disarming smile. ”Something happened dear. Im sorry, but I have to go back to the office. ”

”But Darling Ed, ” she said, pouting on her lips. ”You promised me youll have fun at night. We
e going to the newly opened Music Opera House that I want to see. ”

”I know Dear. Im sorry, but I can do anything about it. Something important is coming. ”

”Its always been an important Darling Ed. Don I matter too? ”

Edward Wills was a short handsome man, with a fruitful face, running up to fat and past the first appearance of youth – but his wife was tall, thin, perfectly fit, and twenty -five years younger than him. . She also has the temper to match her shiny red hair and looks at him now with an expression that says shes about to explode.

”I have to leave dear. ”

Almost running into the hall, Edward took off his coat and hurried out the door.

XXX

The elevator doors opened and Jiyo exited a corridor that descends along the building from end to end. Many doors lead on either side, all of which are open – even the one labeled by the staff, The Hole. Its not good – not good, in Jiyos mind.

The light level in the corridor is low, designed to switch to quarter power whenever the door to The Hole is opened. It is less disturbing for those who live in such a way, as they are, largely nocturnal.

XXX

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