Chapter 01.1

This had been a most successful seven-man operation, including: Captain Steven Thomas, Jake Williams and Howard Bentley, along with the chopper pilot (Charlie Cook), the sniper (Harvey Hawkeye Hawkins), the boat pilot (George Shay), and their comrade under deep cover, Fahid, better known as Jesus Gonzalez. His Hispanic characteristics were ideal to allow him to blend in as a member of the Middle Eastern terrorist cell.

From: Steven Thomas
Subject: Stuck at work
Date: May 11, 2018 6:02 a.m.
To: Dr. Valerie Thomas

Communications Lag Time (CLT): Zero, pre-launch, no delay.

Dear sweet Val,

I know you’re busy with launch preparations and won’t see this right away, but I wanted to let you know how sorry I am that I won’t be able to make it to the launch to see you off, as I had hoped. It’s a hair past 6 a.m. and I’m still at work. : ( Been at it all night, but we’re finally wrapping up the loose ends. As usual, I can’t go into any detail, but I can say the launch this morning won’t be the only story making the 6 o’clock news tonight. LOL

It’s been a long night and I’ve still got a report to write. Hoping to get to bed by about 10 this morning, but if the launch looks like it will get off on schedule, I’ll stay up awhile longer to catch it on the tube.

I’m sure going to miss you, babe. Give me till about 10 p.m. and Facetime me if you can. I’ll be all rested up by then and look forward to seeing you, sweetheart.

I love you, so much. Steve

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