Cavite, Philippines to the island, always using his Mercedes when traveling on land.

She smiled, wondering what awaited her when she arrived at the Lab and back home. Maybe he should book his secretary a nice restaurant for later. Her husband liked it when it took him to a place that celebrities went to. Edward pulled out his cellphone, frowning. ”Damn it. There is no signal! ”

The boat rolled into a large trough and Edward saw the island in the distance.

(Flashback Story Start)

He first saw it from the sky, when he surveyed the island with his architect six years ago. If you look at it then, he saw that the small crater they chose as a building plot at the larger end of the island would save the builders a lot of construction work. As his architect pointed out, the surrounding high rocks also help preserve the elements on the coast. Ordering the pilot to be placed in the middle of the crater, Edward climbed up, his architect close behind him, to inspect the island which he hoped would add a large part to his great fortune and wealth.

”I think weve found it, Jimmy, ” he said, todo smile as he stroked his thin white hair back to his head, breathing in the sea air. ”Just listen to the waves. Amazing. ”

”If you can get whoever owns it to sell it to you, ” the architect replied in a suspicious tone.

”Money speaks better than words, ” he replies smiling. ”Or is it stronger? Anyway, just go back to the office and get a team here right away. Ill take care of buying the island. You have nine months to turn this place into a working laboratory. Do you think you can? ”

His architect named Jimmy nodded softly, seemingly reluctant to dedicate himself.

The work is hard, due to the land and location, and government permits but money is a good motivator. Equipment and materials were flown by helicopter, while builders were ushered outside along with locals and boaters back and forth on a daily basis.

Edward wanted to hide the real reason for the construction work, because whoever succeeds in using this particular idea will be a fortune teller. As usual with his new activities, there will be people sniffing around – industrial spies are endless on tour – so he spread the rumor that the island will be used as a huge underground oil storage.

(Flashback Story End)

”We
e close sir. ”

The boatmans shout released Edward Wills from his rejoicing and he focused on the pier that was going up a few meters away. For all his sloppy looks, the boatman is a great seaman, kissing the boat against the wheels hanging on the pier to be compared as gently as a mother kissing her baby.

Holding the ship to the pier with the engine, the boatman shouted for Edward to jump, and added: ”Favor us, and drop this rope here over that bollard when you get to shore. ”

Edward slipped the large loop over the rusty bollard and made his way down the road to the edge of the ravine. The intermittent lampposts cast a deep and dark shadow in the passage and he had to be careful with his tread. After a ten minute walk, he finally reached the top and walked out onto the large concrete slab roof of the laboratory they had built in the rock of the island.

Edward Wills saw his PA sitting behind a desk in the entrance building, feet raised, ankles crossed. He is drinking something from a plastic cup. Edward brought his coat to his body against the wind as he walked towards the building, Edward glancing at his watch.

Its about ten oclock, and it looks like a storm. He hopes the time will last until they get out of the island. It was too dark to fly back to the helicopter today and he didn want to sail back into a storm with the toothless boatman at the wheel.

XXX

Jiyo Kael saw Edward through the mirror and lowered his feet to the desk. The Old Man looks tired. Really tired. Pressing and exiting the door for his boss to enter, Jiyo stood up.

”Jiyo, ” Edward said, nodding in greeting.

”Mr. Edward. ” Jiyo gave his own nod.

”The coffee you
e drinking there? ”

”Sure. Do you want me to get you a cup? The machine is just there. ”

”You just need a gulp. If you don mind, that is … Thats a few walks from the pier. ”

Jiyo reached for his plastic cup, he noticed the Old Mans hand trembling as he took it.

”So whats the emergency? ” Edward said after sipping hot liquid.

XXX

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