“Is that the Colonel?”
“Yes the Colonel speaking.”
“Colonel I think we have a problem.”
“What kind of a problem?”
“ZM Seventy-three has just been in my
office, he stormed in. Paced up and down, he was in such a rage, the things he
said, the ranting, and then he slammed an envelope down on my desk, stamped
down hard with his fist. Upset my teacup, saucer and tea plate.
“Have you opened the letter?”
“Good, don’t. Have the letter sent to
my office, and do not make mention of this to anyone, you understand?”
“Get me Sir Charles Portland……..oh
Sir Charles, I’ve just been informed that we have a bit of a problem.”
“What kind of a problem Colonel?”
“What about ZM Seventy-three?”
“We’ve had him under close
surveillance for some time now. As you know we lost both Chambers, Cobb, oh yes
and Dutton, so we could not take further chances.”
“ZM Seventy-three has just handed in
his resignation………Sir Charles?”
“What do you want me to do?”
“Do. What is there to do? We cannot
let him just go like that, and he knows it. Take whatever immediate action
you think fit Colonel.”
“Very well Sir Charles. I’ll keep you
briefed of course.”
“You will not. I do not want to know
any details, and as far as I am concerned this telephone conversation never
“Fotheringay come in here.”
“We have to take immediate action.
Contact removals, give them this address, and tell them they will have to be
“Yes Colonel….this address, its…….”
“Yes I know, he has resigned. Now get
on with it Fotheringay.”
From the moment ZM73 drives out of
the underground car park he is followed by two undertakers in a hearse. Through
the busy London streets the hearse follows the green,
yellow nosed Lotus Seven. At some point the hearse loses contact with the
Lotus. But as the car turns into Buckingham Place the hearse is parked in the street,
the two undertakers waiting.
The Lotus pulls up outside number one,
and the driver alights, crosses the pavement, mounts the steps to the house,
opens the front door and enters the house, closely observed by one of the two
undertakers. Once inside ZM73 collects his passport and airline ticket. Two
suitcases are ready packed, but in one he adds two travel brochures.
Meanwhile outside, one of the
Undertakers approaches the house, he mounts the steps and makes entry into the
house. He walks along the hallway to the door of the study on the left. From a
pocket of his overcoat he takes a gas gun and places the muzzle to the keyhole
and pulls the trigger. Nerve gas is them pumped into the room on the other side
of the door.
In his study ZM73 begins to feel light-headed. He looks out of the window, the
skyscrapers begin to spin, and ZM73 falls back onto a couch unconscious!
The Undertaker goes outside to help
his colleague with the coffin which they take from the back of the hearse and
carry along the pavement and into the house, closing the font door behind them.
It has been a few minutes and the nerve gas in the study has dissipated. The
door is opened, the coffin's carried inside and the lid removed, and the
unconscious body of ZM73 is placed inside, and the lid replaced. The two
undertakers then carry the coffin out of the house, and place it back inside
the hearse, then slowly drive away.
Be seeing you