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Post by Tracy » Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:54 am

Auckland is in the middle of a level 3 lockdown. Barry will have to isolate ! :cry:
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Post by 936trt » Wed Mar 03, 2021 11:00 am

Just as Barry and Naomi were heading into the restaurant there was an announcement over the PA ,”Would Mr Barry Taylor please report to the British airlines desk there is an update regarding his travel arrangements.”



Barry:” Wonderful .I thought you said there was a car organised?”

Naomi:” Too right . I booked it myself. I’ve no idea what this could be about.”

At the desk a smart young lady read out a telephone message apologising for the changed itinerary but the car to take them to the meeting place would be waiting outside the terminal. The message was from Kim and Sally. Naomi looked at Barry.

Naomi:” I know nothing about this Barry.What do you want to do?”

Barry:” It would be churlish to refuse their offer ,and they are friends of yours.Let’s go check it out.”

They walked to the exit . Naomi could see a limousine with darkened windows and a uniformed driver standing by the door. He was holding a card with Barry Taylor in red capitals. She suddenly felt unsure.


Naomi:” I don’t like this Barry .Something’s not right.”

Barry:” Well he’s spelled my name correctly, that’s something.” The driver opened the rear door and ushered them forward.Naomi looked inside and backed away.

Naomi:” You’re not Kim or Sally. Barry I don’t know these people.” It was, however too late . She fell to the ground and, watched by a startled Barry the chauffeur bundled her on to the rear seat then picked up a by now semi conscious Barry and sat him next to a sleeping Naomi.







A day and a night had passed since Wyman had asked for his bandages to be removed.He was lying in a bed in Pablos’ sisters home. He heard voices and tried to sit up.


Pablo:” Senor Wy man ,it is your brother Chris ,he is here to see you.” Wyman felt a surge of relief.Chris would know what to do, he would get him proper medical attention.

Chris:” Wyman what the hell have you been getting up to?”

Wyman:” Hi bro, someone took a pot shot, and missed.”

Chris:” I’ve brought a guy who can look at your eye, he’s supposed to be pretty clued up. I think you should let him see it ,OK?”

Wyman:” Sure .Go ahead.”







Hazel is in a telephone conversation with Dagmar.


Dagmar:” When did you receive the demand?”

Hazel:” Just a few minutes since .There was a copy to Varna as well as here in Barcelona.”

Dagmar:” Have you informed the police?”

Hazel:” The message specifically warns against involving the police with threats implying a violent response if we do so.”

Dagmar:” You mean reprisals?”

Hazel:” Yes ,I agree there is a curious choice of words here but English usage to one side what are we going to do, I’m looking for advice Dagmar. I know Barry is estranged from his wife but he has a daughter, is there anyone else ?”

Dagmar:” There are his friends of course, but let me recap. Barry and Naomi were kidnapped from the airport in Auckland en route to a meeting with investors in a new Fantasy Film venture. Who else knew about his trip?”

Hazel:” I don’t know but the events point to someone with access to his travel plans. I would say an inside job if asked.”

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Why do I get the feeling Breaking Away is behind this ? :?
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Post by 936trt » Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:45 am

Sara is holding Oz’s hand and trying to calm him down.





Oz:” What can we do ,we don’t even know where he is. The lads used to joke about Barry being in clink ,if it wasn’t in Arizona or Russia ,or Cuba it was a hut in the jungle in Laos. Who the hell is behind this?”

Sara:”If we knew that pet……You know there can’t be that many who’d have access to Barry’s personal details.”

Oz:” What’re you saying’?”

Sara:” Could someone have hacked into his diary on his computer?”

Oz:” At least they’re only after money.”

Sara:” That’s still an awful lot a lot of cash. I assume Fantasy Films can lay hands on a million ?”

Oz:” Aye ,well Barry told me once they keep big bags of cash for contingencies ,y’kna when things might need fettlin’”

Sara:” What does fettlin’ mean?”

Oz:” You do ask some questions pet.It means fixing. It has it’s roots in the iron industry. Metallurgy y’kna. Any way what makes you think he was hacked. There could be loads of explanations ,someone could have overheard something and told someone else y’kna ,loose lips sink ships?”

Sara:” They waited until he went to New Zealand.He could have been kidnapped before now, why travel thousands of miles further.”

Oz:” Or thousands of miles nearer.”

Sara:” What do you mean Oz, you’re not thinking China again, are you?”

Oz:” Well it’s closer to China.”

Sara:” I don’t think kidnap for ransom smells of world domination.To me it’s more straight criminality. When you spoke to Dagmar did she say anything more about the email?”

Oz:” Not really ,only that Hazel is beside herself.”

Sara:” It occurs to me that Anna may be the Achilles heel here. She probably has Barry’s passwords somewhere . Maybe that’s what the troll was after all along.” Oz stared at her open mouthed.

Oz:” Gordon Bennet ,you are a devious bugger petal!”

Sara:” Well it seems more likely to me than plotting to overthrow the Capitalist West.”

Oz:” I don’t suppose there’s owt from Amesec on this?”

Sara:” Well ,Pru said Stefano’s name has been mentioned a few times but not directly in connection with Barry.”

Oz:” Oh aye and what’s he been up to?”

Sara:” She didn’t say, just something about that place on Majorca, you know his estate. It was the mention of Rose that rang the alarm bells.”

Oz:” She’s the one that tried to follow in Zoe’s footsteps?”

Sara:” Indeed ,and paid the price it seems. Any way,back to Barry.It must be worth looking at the emails again.Maybe there’s a clue there ?”

Oz:” I thought it wasn’t possible to trace who sent these emails?”

Sara:” It still might be worth shot. I’ll have a word with Hilary.”






Chris is deep in conversation with the doctor after he’d given Wyman the once over.



Chris:” So your advice is we get him to a hospital as soon as possible?”

Doctor:” The sooner the better.I’d say he’s been very lucky, not only that his attacker missed but that early intervention saved his sight. I would like to know what was done at some point, just to satisfy my own curiosity.”
Chris began the arrangements for their flight out of the Atacama and asked Robert what he knew about the “early intervention”.

Robert:” Yes Chris, it really is all down to Nayra, Pablo’s sister. Better still, get the doctor to talk to her directly.”







Tatiana became very agitated when Dagmar and Anna visited her at the convent with the news about Barry.



Tatiana:” So as far as we know then this happened at the airport in Auckland?”

Dagmar:” Barry and Naomi had passed through security ,they'd gone to the BA desk where Barry was given a message.Airport security say they responded to a PA announcement ,the CCTV picks them up leaving the reception going out of the doors but for some reason there is no sign of them thereafter. We are getting copies of the emails that went to Varna as well as the Barcelona office.”

Tatiana:” So what is being done to rescue him?”

Dagmar:” Look Tatiana ,getting angry is understandable but it’s not helpful.” Dagmar put an arm around Anna who was now sobbing uncontrollably.” We’re complying with the abductors wishes.We’re not involving the police.Yet. We’re making enquiries in Auckland and we have someone looking closely at the emails. We have responded to the abductors and said we need time to collect such a large sum in cash.There’s been no reply yet.”

Tatiana:” I would ask why the cameras weren’t working at the exit. That looks suspicious to me ,maybe someone at the airport was part of it ?”

Dagmar:” Sara’s friend at the FCO said the same thing , discreet enquiries are to be made.”

Tatiana:” There’s no indication who’s behind this.Surely Barry hasn’t upset or annoyed some criminal element?”

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Loose lips, sink ships. There's a clue. Try the reservoir in Pukekohe. :o
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In a well appointed dining room the Stille brothers are confronting one another with ill humour ,across the table.




Klaus:” What went wrong. We had assurances this fellow was expert?”

Jurgen:” He says the atmosphere is extremely thin at that elevation which makes the operation very difficult.”

Klaus:” If he’s such an expert why did he not take that into account?”

Jurgen:” He offers no further explanation brother. Nevertheless .I recommend we complete the financial transaction.”

Klaus:” You are concerned for his discretion perhaps ,under the circumstances?”

Jurgen:” He is aware of our dissatisfaction and there would be a risk that he may react unfavourably to losing his fee. He will know the identity of the target and our anonymity may be prejudiced.”

Klaus:” Well .Perhaps he should be considered a liability?”

Jurgen:” Agreed. I will arrange for appropriate action to be taken.”

Klaus:” Quickly brother.”








It had been Father Ben’s practice for some considerable time to pass on information to Kenny Ames and latterly to Amesec. His interest was piqued this day by two such pieces of intel which came his way shortly after breakfast. He had a wide range of contacts ,one of those within the church advised him of a priest who had recently given sanctuary to a young woman in distress. The priest lived and worked in Majorca and the woman called Maria Fuentes, had been employed at the Montecatini estate. His informant was familiar with Barry Taylor’s part in the recovery and subsequent identification of a valuable religious icon, some years previously , so when Maria described to him a conversation she overheard where her employer arranged for Barry Taylors’ apprehension, he thought it wise to contact Father Beneficio directly.
The second piece of information had already found its’ way to Amesec by another route.However Father Ben had been alarmed when he learned of the abduction of two employees of Fantasy Films from Auckland airport in New Zealand. He contacted Amesec immediately.





Father Ben:” I am relieved to meet with you Pru, I indicated by ‘phone the urgency of the matter. My contact in Auckland has since given me more detail. It appears Barry and his colleague were exiting the airport after answering a PA announcement at the BA desk .There is no cctv available however from the point at which they get into an unidentified car. “

Pru:” Surprising, perhaps it points to someone on the inside disabling the cameras?”

Father Ben:” It is very worrying that we have no idea where they went after leaving the airport.”

Pru:” Maybe the car can be identified from the film.We need to liaise with the local police.You said there was more on the ‘phone?”

Father Ben:” Yes, I have since learned that Maria Fuentes reported to her local police station in Majorca and fortunately her statement was taken by an officer standing in for the local incumbent who it transpires has a close relationship with Stefano. It is common knowledge the local policeman is in cahoots with the good Prince according to father Alfonso .Incidentally he has arranged for Maria to stay with his sister.”

Pru:” If Maria has been in custody her whereabouts may be more widely known. I’m thinking if Stefano learns about her statement she could be in danger.” Father Ben looked at her and nodded in agreement.

Father Ben:” I see what you mean. Excuse me I must get in touch with father Alfonso.” While Father Ben made his call Pru made her own call to Sara. He was shaking his head as he finished speaking .

Father Ben :” I have grave news. I’m afraid Maria was taken from Alfonso’s sisters house to another police station. I must go to help ,the girl is clearly in danger.” Sara returned his wave as he left the office.

Pru :” Yes Sara ,he was here ,he just left .I reckon Stefano has found out and is taking steps to minimise his problem.”

Sara:” Is there anything we can do ?”

Pru:” I don’t know . I wonder if Fredo has any pull on the island ,it’s worth a call, do you think the mention of Hilary’s name might be useful ?”

Sara:” It’s not like we ask for his help every day is it?”

Pru:” Maybe a ‘phone call to the police station where she’s held ?”

Sara:” Good idea ,if they think there is a wider audience they might think twice before doing something irreversible.”

Pru:” Do you think Tatiana should be informed?”







Later, Sara is bringing Oz up to speed .


Oz:” So what you’re saying is Stefano has beaten you to it and got the local fuzz to take Maria to some other police station while he makes plans ?”

Sara:” Yes . I spoke to Hilary and he agrees it’s much better for Fredo to make contact with the coppers on Majorca. I feel a bit guilty about father Ben though. He’s going over there ,at his age ,putting himself in danger.” She looked at Oz.

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Tatiana ? She's probably running the whole operation man ! :evil:
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McCaskill had just said his goodbyes having made a fuss of Beatrice saying how much she had grown since he saw her last.



Guy:” A dram uncle Moxey?” Moxey looked up, he’d been miles away, he spoke to Guy with a smile on his face.

Moxey:” Guy, you should drop the uncle, it makes me feel old.” Guy laughed.

Guy:” It’s force of habit, ever since we knew about you it was always uncle Moxey , that’s what my mother used to say. Behave or I’ll tell your uncle Moxey.”

Moxey:” I can imagine .I’ll take that dram now Guy. Y’kna it was years before Jacky would talk about our mother. Some things are best left unsaid. Anyway the problem with the chalets?”

Guy:” Actually I’m going over to the MacDonalds just now ‘cos it is more than a nuisance . Our local PC thinks I can sort it out with young MacDonalds sister, she’s over from the US just now.He reckons she has a better head on her shoulders.”

On the way over Guy explained Calum Macdonalds’ plan for a race track on the estate and how unpopular it was locally.








Barry and Naomi were feeling queezy and disoriented after spending hours blindfolded in a small boat in the open sea.




Barry:” I wonder where they’re taking us?”

Naomi:” I don’t know but I wish they’d stop, I have to pee.” A voice came from from the darkness.

“ Stop whingeing you lot, we’re nearly there.” The engine died and the boat slowed to a stop.They heard activity on deck and the same voice ordered them to stand ,their hoods were removed and they stumbled up some steps on to the deck. The sun was blinding ,neither could open their eyes. Barry risked a glance to see they were walking toward a car parked at the end of the jetty.









The MacDonald residence had seen better days .Moxey had commented on the state of the guttering and roof tiles.



Guy:” I’m sure you’re right unc…. sorry ,Moxey. Old man MacDonald would turn in his grave ,Calum doesn’t give a toss really, he’s just looking for a way to make a lot of money very quickly.”

Moxey:” A race track wouldn’t be in your interest either would it?”

Guy:” No ,but we’re about to find out what his sister can bring to the party. Bob Smith is sure she wants to sell . “ Guy left the jeep in front of the house and waved to Calum who was beckoning them inside.

Calum:” Come on in Guy.I don’t believe you’ve met my sister.” Guy was looking at a well dressed diminutive dark haired woman .
Guy:” No, I haven’t .It’s Morag isn’t it?” He held out his hand and smiled.She looked him up and down before returning his smile and accepting his outstretched hand.

Morag:” No we haven’t met and yes it is Morag . Will your driver be joining us?” Guy looked a little uncomfortable when Moxey winked at him, knuckled his forehead and gave a half bow toward Morag.

Moxey:” Sorry miss if it’s alright with you ,I’m Moxey and I’ll just stay here with master Guy.” Morag shook her head and turned on her heel.

Morag:” We’re through here in the dining room, there’s coffee left.Our solicitor has just gone. He believes I should answer any questions you may have.He agrees with your mister Smith that we can have a rational conversation ,one that is beyond a certain family member.” She looked across at Calum.

Guy:” Thanks Morag. I assume that you are aware of our problem and that I’m here because the viability of the holiday business is at risk.Can I take it the estate is for sale?”

Morag:” You can ,and can I assume Bob Smith would handle any transaction?”

Guy:” I can Morag.” Guy smiled and Moxey relaxed, his nephew seemed to know what he was doing.

Morag:” It makes sense ,your acquisition consolidates the forestry section giving the eco warriors nothing to whine about….” Guy interrupted her and clearly this was not something that usually happened to Morag.

Guy:” Sorry to interrupt Morag but you are making assumptions.” Her brows became more wrinkled ,she looked furious.

Morag:” I was lead to believe this was almost a done deal Guy ,didn’t your chap Smith tell our fellow in Edinburgh , Calum?” Calum looked up from his ‘phone and nodded.

Guy:” We registered our interest but Bob told me you didn’t forward the papers to confirm no nasty surprises ,as Bob described it.” Morag was clearly unaware of this but recovering quickly she made a move toward Calum.She almost had her hands around his throat but Moxey grabbed her as she shouted.

Morag:” The old man always said you were a useless twat ! What the hell have you done?”

Moxey:” Now then bonny lass ,it’s not worth it . I can tell you from personal experience y’kna.”

Morag:” Fine ,fine ,just let me go.”

Guy:” So Morag we’re clear ,I am interested and if you can confirm no constraints ,freedom from encumbrances etcetera we can do a deal.”

Calum made a hasty exit before the bargaining started. After the deal was done they sat down , Morag offered them drinks and the atmosphere became more relaxed.

Moxey:” So Morag does this mean you’ll be off home straight away?”

Morag:” No I have some business with the legal eagles first.”

Moxey:” Where is home for you?”

Morag:” At present I live in Arizona, I have place near Lake Haversu.” At this Moxey’s ears pricked up.

Moxey:” Really?”

Morag:” Yes. I don’t suppose you’ve heard of it.”

Moxey:” As a matter of fact I have.”








Barry and Naomi’s captors had set up a camera on a tripod and they were all wearing masks .Naomi was given a newspaper to hold folded with the date prominently exposed. After the shots were taken they were taken to a hut and the door barred.

Barry :” Well as huts go this is not the best I’ve been in, you remember the one in Laos Naomi?”

Naomi:” Yes I do but let’s not get too comfortable,I’d like to think we won’t be here that long.” She showed Barry what looked like a mobile ‘phone.

Barry:” What’s that?”

Naomi:” It’s a GPS transmitter.If anyone’s listening they’ll know where we are to within a few metres.” Barry looked at her and gave her a big hug.

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They're on Waiheke Island. I told you Breaking Away was behind this ! :o
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Sara took a call from Hilary.



Sara:” I hope you have good news for me aitch?”

Hilary:” Give me a little credit Sara. Yes. We have located our friends on an island just off the coast of New Zealand. A team from Papakura are on their way as we speak.”

Sara:” Should I know the significance of that?”

Hilary:” No ,but fortunately I do. Some special forces chaps will sort it for us. I have sent you the latest video from the abductors .I suggest you watch it. Sara, please don’t let anyone interfere ,we have it under control, you know what I mean.”

Sara:” Well Oz it looks like everything is in hand.”

Oz:” That was Hilary with the good news I guess?”

Sara :” Yes and with a warning not to interfere .A team of special forces is on it’s way so we just wait and see.”

Oz:” Dennis and Nev are meeting me at Fredo’s office.”

Sara :” What?”

Oz:” I had a text message from Father Ben ,he has a companion for the trip to Majorca. You’ll never guess.”

Sara :” Go on surprise me.”

Oz:” Tatiana. She convinced the mother superior ,with help from Father Alfonso and his police friends, it would go better if they were accompanied by a nun when Maria is moved to the mainland.”

Sara:” So what are you doing?”

Oz:” After you shamed me for letting an old priest walk into danger I spoke to the lads.”

Sara:” And?”

Oz:” Well from what Pru told Nev there is a chance that Stefano could have certain significant guests.”

Sara:” And?”

Oz:” Howay man, if Ulrich or Frazer or Grainger are there y’kna ,we can help!”

Sara:” You think they will be alone, no henchmen?”

Oz:” Henchmen, henchmen where the hell do you get words like henchmen from?”

Sara:” Don’t try to be smart Oz, you know what I mean.Is Dennis taking his gun?”

Oz:” Maybe. Did you know that Pru has been showing Nev how to use his?”

Sara:” Is this leading up to you asking me if I’m ok with you bearing arms?”

Oz:” Did I tell you Europol told Fredo that Barbara Hunt has been released under licence?”






Chris had a call from Robert.



Robert:” I thought you might appreciate an update on Wyman.”

Chris:” Hi Robert ,I guessed everything was ok since I heard no more after talking to the medic.He was very impressed with Nayra’s intervention I understand.”

Robert:” Indeed ,so much so he intends to include Wymna’s case in a forthcoming lecture he’s giving, with their permission of course.”

Chris:” It’s as good as that?”

Robert:” Apparently the combination of dissolved salts and heat affect regeneration at a cellular level. Whatever that means.”

Chris:” Wonderful. Is Wyman still in hospital, I haven’t heard from him?”

Robert:” I don’t know, I was going to ask you.”





Morag is looking at Moxey and shaking her head .



Morag:” Are you serious or are you lying about being a driver?”

Moxey:”Well I’m the designated driver today and Guy is my nephew. You were not to know that I have spent a lot of time working abroad ,including a spell in Arizona.” Morag was intrigued but still not entirely convinced.

Morag:” So what were you doing in Arizona ?” Guy took the opportunity to go outside in search of Calum.

Moxey:” Well it’s a long story but I was part of the group who erected the Transporter Bridge for the Chocanaws.” It was Morags turn to be dumbstruck. Moxey related the story of the relocation from Middlesbrough to a very attentive audience of one.






Sara watched the video sent by Hilary and was very taken by the message he’d added at the end. She was instructed to pay particular attention to one of the three abductors who happened to be a woman.She had items of jewellery just visible at her neck and wrist. In particular the coloured beads were identified as denoting a Santeria connection . Sara could not immediately see any obvious connection with Barry or Naomi except for the time Barry had spent in Cuba. The FCO thought it must be significant .

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Wyman has discharged himself from the hospital and made his way to Carla’s shop in San Pedro .




Carla:” Wyman! I am surprised, Robert told me you were in hospital.”

Wyman:” I was and that place is not cheap, I must thank Chris when I get the chance but I was going stir crazy, I had to get away.”

Carla:” Are you sure you’re okay,Pablo and his sister are both worried sick about you, they feel responsible? ”

Wyman:” I know ,Pablo said so at the time and I tried to tell him not to be silly, but you know, I feel bad enough about the way I’ve behaved.”

Carla:” I wondered why you were so….” She stumbled trying to find the words. “……prickly?” Wyman laughed.

Wyman:” I’ll tell you Carla, if you don’t already know . I’ve made a fool of myself over Maureen. That’s it in a nutshell. Anyway there are people I have to apologise to and I must thank Pablo and his sister .Can I stay here ,the drive from the hospital has knackered me.I’ll go to see them tomorrow .I have to get my head down for a few hours?”








Guy finished his conversation with Calum who was now in no doubt about Guy’s intentions ,and as he returned to the house Moxey was still in conversation with Morag.



Morag:” So after all your adventures Kilgrinnan must be pretty small beer?”

Moxey:” I don’t see it like that pet , it’s perfect for me right now. I can chill out or go shooting and it’s ideal for Bea ,she was always close with Guy ,they looked after each other when they were younger you see.” Morag looked more closely at Moxey.

Morag:” So ,what are your plans now, this extraction process sounds very exciting?”

Moxey:” It is ,it’s very appealing and I would love to stay involved but there is an immediate problem with one of the guys at the site.”

Morag:” It sounds to me like you need hassle at the moment like a hole in the head. From what you said there’s no financial pressure?”

Moxey:” Nah, in fact my late wife inherited property near to the site and we developed a successful business around it.” Morag sighed and shook her head.

Morag:” You know my father ,old Mac as he was known around here ,had such plans to develop this estate and make a good business out of it .I’m sure you had a lot of satisfaction doing what you did. I should never have let Calum make such a pig’s ear of things ……” Moxey broke in.

Moxey:” But you have your life back in Lake Havasu, you can’t be in two places pet?”

Morag:” Is that a question or a statement?”

Moxey:” If it’s a question will you answer it?” Morag was momentarily lost for words.

Morag:” Well.You’ve told me a lot about yourself it’s only fair I reciprocate.”









Our abductees are sitting back to back , still blindfolded and tied at the wrists.





Naomi:” I can hear a chopper Barry.”

Barry:” You’ve got ears like a bat, I can’t hear anything. Our friends don’t seem to be concerned though?”

Naomi:” Maybe this is their payday?”

Barry:” That would seem to be too easy don’t you think?”

Naomi:” You know our captors don’t strike me as the brightest spanners in the toolkit .We heard one of them say something about the payment .I wish we could have heard more.”

Barry:” There was only one of them I recognised from the airport, I wonder where the others sprang from?”

Naomi:” Crikey can you hear it now Barry, it must be nearly on top of us?” They both received a clip around the head and were told to shut up . The rattle of gunfire got closer.








Oz and Sara are sharing a telephone conversation.



Oz:” So who contacted the professional negotiator?”

Sara:” Hilary told me it was a friend in the New Zealand Arms Control section in Wellington.He authorised it ,he’s done it before apparently.”

Oz:” So what happened ,they planned for a stealth bomber to stuff the lot of them?”

Sara:” No, they had this chap pretend to concede some of the payment in bitcoin to comply with their demand for speed and anonymity.”

Oz:” So whose bright idea was that?”

Sara :” The negotiator. All the time they were talking the Kiwi spec ops were following Naomi’s signal.”

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Re: A Concerted Effort

Post by 936trt » Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:42 pm

Oz and the lads had joined Father Ben and Tatiana at the police station where they listened to Alfonso’s repeated apologies . Dennis interrupted to ask a question.





Dennis:” So father what can we do to help?”

Father Ben” The local police are embarrassed by recent events but Fredo and I have made assurances that our collective intentions are good.”

Neville:” Hang on father, that sounds like we’re here under sufferance!”

Oz:” I’m with Nev on this, look we came here to help because we reckon it’s the right thing to do. We were told that Maria overheard something about our mate Barry that could help us get him to safety. Then we hear she’s gone missing!” Oz’s almost shouted his last sentence.

Father Ben:” Please, please, my friend calm down we are all grateful for your help and we understand your motives. Their concern is that we are civilians ,one is a nun and an additional worry is that some of you may be armed.”

Dennis:” I don’t believe this, it was Fredo who helped us with licences and the paperwork and he knows our history !” Dennis banged the table in his frustration.

Oz:” Dennis,Den man take it easy, this isn’t helping. Let’s just stick to the facts.Father Ben is it true they have taken Maria to someplace on Stefano’s estate?”

Father Ben:” According to Alfonso ,yes. But the estate is very large it is how you say a needle in a haystack.”

Dennis:” Million dollar question ,do you think they may top her, y’kna to keep her quiet?”

Father Ben:” She has implicated two people in Mr Taylors abduction ,but more particularly she has divulged a lot more about Stefano, Alistair Frazer and Hans Ulrich.”

Neville:” Seems to me the sooner we find her the better.Where do we start though?”

Oz:” Hang on Nev we only have Alfonso’s word she’s on the island or even if she’s still alive.”Tatiana had been struggling to keep quiet throughout the discussion.

Tatiana:” Father…..”

Father Ben:” Sister you promised ,no interference.”

Tatiana:” I offer only information. I know Maria .I know what she has suffered and I don’t think she will be on the island.” There was pause and all eyes were on Tatiana.” Can I continue?”

Father Ben:” Very well if it is pertinent.”

Tatiana:” These people don’t trust anyone ,they are not like us.They don’t always even trust themselves. Maria told me she was instructed by Stefano to keep eyes and ears open and report to him regularly on everything she heard and saw.This included Ulrich when he was staying with them.They will not kill her until they are sure they have all the information they think she may have.I would not be in her shoes. There is another place Stefano uses from time to time which is not widely known.This is a place on Cabrera where he keeps a boat and sometimes a helicopter.Stefano has a friend in the military who is stationed there.”

Dennis:” Then shouldn’t we be making tracks?”

Father Ben:” Well if the police are searching the estate, perhaps we should leave them to it?”






Dennis:” I’m all for rescuing this lass but if anybody sees us how the hell do we explain away a priest and a nun?”

Oz:” Divn’t fret bonny lad ,we’ll just let them do the talking.”

Dennis:” Wouldn’t we be better waiting for daylight, it looks a bit iffy y’kna ,three blokes ,a priest and a nun, wandering around in the dark.”

Neville:” For heavens sake Den, give it a rest , it didn’t take us five minutes to get here, no one will find our boat, it's going smoothly up to now. Hold on, I think I can see the house just up there ,see!”

Father Ben and Tatiana walked up to the house and knocked on the door. The lads could just make out something in Spanish about a boat and being lost, then they went inside and the door closed, that was the signal for the lads to take a closer look.They wandered around the side and came across the remains of a barbecue opposite some patio doors. There were two tables with lots of empty bottles and glasses and half a dozen chairs. The doors were open and they had a clear view of Frazer, Kemal and Ulrich talking to Father Ben and a veiled Tatiana.

Oz:” Bingo ,we’ve got the buggers .”

Neville:” Aye but where’s Maria?”

Dennis:” There’s got to be at least three more rooms .I’ll go further round and have a look.”

Oz:” Good idea Den.”

Neville:” Oz, I can hear someone coming out. Hold still.” It was Kemal,he was searching through the bottles on the table and hadn’t seen them.He found one to his liking ,turned to go back in then hit the deck courtesy of a spade held by a grinning Oz who caught him as he started to fall but the bottle went its own way shattering on the patio tiles. They heard someone yelling.It was Frazer.

Frazer:” Get yersel back in here ye clumsy bastard and don’t be empty handed.” Oz and Nev exchanged glances and waited.When there was no response Frazer decided to investigate and came out on to the patio.He saw Nev crouched over Kemal’s body and stopped dead.

Frazer:” Bloody hell I know you don’t I?”

Neville:” Yes.The names Hope,Neville Hope. I believe you may know my mate as well, you offered him a job a long time ago.”
Frazer looked puzzled and then fell to the floor after the same spade treatment as Kemal.

Oz:” I wonder how Den’s doing ,he’s been quiet for a while.We better go after him.” There was a shot ,followed by a second ,then a third. Then Den appeared looking shaken.

Dennis:” I don’t believe it ,this bugger took a shot at me !”

Oz:” What’d you expect Den when he sees you in the dark holding a gun!”

Dennis:” Bollocks, I never….” He stopped and pointed to the room where his antagonist had been. “ That has to be the lass, Maria.She’s in there see ,in the chair,her hands are tied. Where’s Father Ben got to?”

Neville:” No idea but those shots will have woken the whole island.We’ve fettled two of them Den .Howay!” Oz unfastened the tie wraps around her wrists and she began to cry.

Maria:” The priest ,he is in there, I heard him and I think I heard Tatiana ’s voice .” The tears flowed again, but the sound of the door crashing open occupied their attention.Oz was the nearest and was confronted by a shaven headed guy covered in tattoos.His shocked expression changed when Oz punched him hard in the face.

Oz:" Four down ,howay the lads ." Nev closely following heard a noise behind him and turned to see an ashen faced Dennis.

Neville:" Oz, Oz, hang on I think Den's hurt, his shoulder's covered in blood."

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Re: A Concerted Effort

Post by Tracy » Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:01 am

Did you hear the one about three blokes, a priest and a nun, wandering around in the dark ? They were waiting for Bomber to get back from the brothel. That will take a while that will ! :lol:
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