SPARC Team 12 Columbus, Ohio The mechanics performed their final safety checks on the planes before clearing them for takeoff. They sealed the mechanical compartments and packed up their tools before leaving for their union-mandated break.
The planes taxied across the airport to their terminals and prepared for boarding. In a matter of hours they would be spread across the entire nation, flying towards numerous major, metropolitan areas.
In a dozen other cities, at a dozen other facilities, packages were hidden or simply left in plain view in an una.s.suming briefcase or toolbox. One by one the reports came in that the drops had been successful. One by one the malefactors executed their missions and disappeared back into the shadows.
William Was.h.i.+ngton, D.C.
William flew down U.S. Route 1. He frantically whipped around the roundabouts at Logan and Scott Circles and continued southwest. He weaved in and out of the slower-moving traffic, down Connecticut Avenue and then onto K Street. As he pa.s.sed the statue of David Farragut in a blur of speed, he thought of the man's famous quote and laughed. "d.a.m.n the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" had taken on quite a different meaning, as far as he was concerned.
George Was.h.i.+ngton University soon came into view. William looked down to check his watch twenty minutes. He had to hurry; he did not want to miss a moment of the action. William wheeled the bike into the parking area behind Tonic and rushed up the sidewalk and into the bar.
As he opened the door and stepped into the establishment, he was greeted by an ambiance that was immediately relaxing. The temperature was perfect, the lighting was immaculate. The music was obscure, but tasteful. He loved everything about the place.
William made his way to the restroom and turned on the faucet. He splashed water on his face and ran his fingers through his black hair. He closed his eyes and focused on his breathing as he tried to rein it in, but it was to no avail. He strolled across the empty room and into one of the stalls. He sat down on the closed toilet seat, reached into his pocket and retrieved a prescription bottle and a small flask. He rattled out a c.o.c.ktail of pills of varying shapes and sizes from the bottle. William chewed the pills up and washed the powder down his throat with the gin and tonic that was in the flask. He checked his watch again ten minutes.
He closed his eyes again and allowed the chemicals to work their calming magic on his body. Within several minutes, he began to relax. His pulse slowed and his breathing returned to a more normal pace. He was usually very relaxed, but the night had brought with it an anxiety that he had never experienced before. Everything hinged on the actions that would be set into motion in a matter of minutes. Soon, the world would begin to radically evolve, more so than even in the last six months. Soon, he would hasten t
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