Lucifers Semi-final Conclave -- Conclusion
Danielle arrived at the Holiday Inn Express at 11:45. She saw hussy parked near the end of the lot, adjacent near the coffee shop exit to NV 160. On the drive here, she had removed her amulet she had worn on the outside of her dress, because the leather cord Hatalii had replaced the chain with chafed her neck when she turned her head. She dropped in into her purse. Soon after she had entered the coffee shop, George’s tan Toyota drove up and parked. As George was entering the coffee shop, a delivery van pulled in front, stopped and a man began delivering stacks of boxes to the hotel front lobby. On the parking lot side, blocked from the view from the coffee shop by the van, three men of Old Goat’s tech team quickly installed the audio monitoring equipment into the Toyota. Within 5 minutes, the van left. Danielle had activated her wire when she saw Georse enter, and noticed a thumbs up from one of the counter seated Reservation patrol officers as she and George first conversed greetings. George And Danielle were motioned to a table, and were handed menus. Neither were in a hurry to order, as George said, well Danielle, its been a while. What can you tell me? She reached for her purse, and with drew two pictures of the device, one just showing the device, the second, showing both the device and the 3D hologram complete with glyphs, and a finger apparently scrolling them. George looked obviously shocked as he perused them, looking alternately between the pictures and a smiling Danielle.. When his gaze stopped on her for a moment, she then reached back in her purse and withdrew the Amulet, placing it on the photographs.
His mouth opened as he looked at her… she smiled her smile and said… You go first, George. What can you tell me? Then -- I talk….
Phil and Clive listened intently. That SOB is not worth the powder it would take to blow him to hell, Clive said… I have heard that tone more times than I can think of… I wish we had a better view of them at their table. We need to watch closely. Amen to that, echoed Christy, parked somewhere, and listening in. She and Jim had picked up the radio left in Marcy’s truck bed, and they and Marcy were now possibly waiting somewhere between Marcy’s place and Pahrump. They were assigned to watch for the presence of George’s possible allies following him, but none had been observed, they reported. George was apparently alone, it seems. In a way, that was a good sign, because George apparently did not want anyone to know he was meeting Danielle.
George began. The device is really not too difficult, he said. You already know you communicate mentally. You do this by ’questioning’ the glyphs. All but two of the glyphs can soon figure out that you don’t understand what you are doing, and will temporarily punish you. The Spiral and the bird are different. They are basically a knowledge source. The spiral is history. All history. Since forever. It will answer your queries without punishment. The bird is knowledge. Knowledge that one never had contemplated. It will answer most questions. No punishment involved, but unless the question is asked with one who has sufficient knowledge of the subject, it will refuse and turn itself off. That one is complicated, the others except the spiral are dangerous. That’s it Danielle… Your turn…
Earlier, George had ordered coffee, Danielle iced tea. As the waitress retuned with their drink order, they were perusing the menu. Danielle asked her a question, and as they looked at the menu, George dumped his vial of Rohypnol powder into the glass of tea that was still on the waitress’s tray, along with his coffee.
The waitress took their orders, served their drinks, and then left. George sipped his coffee. Well? He said… it’s your turn. As Danielle took a big swig of her tea, she pushed back her chair, smiled… and said wait just a moment, I’ll be right back, as she headed to the necessary room. Sure, George smiled, it’s worth waiting for.
When Danielle exited the ladies room, George watched her carefully. He could tell that she had trouble even remembering where her table was. He motioned to her and as she came she stumbled slightly. He rose, offered her his hand and could see her pupils beginning to dilate. With her petite body, it must work really fast. It’s ready, he said to himself. He picked up her purse, and offered her his arm. As they crossed the lot to the Toyota, Clive had the better view… he said… The bastard doped her, Phil, get this thing cranked. They had to pull up and back twice to exit the lot in the big truck. Clive watched as George held the door and a perfectly willing Danielle slid somewhat clumsily into the passenger seat.
They made it out before hussy did.
They sounded the alarm, of course, and all of Old Goats troops were waiting at the large graveled Rocksense lot. They had it covered. Jim Marcy and Christy were stationed on the gravel road just at the intersection of 157/158 which passed Rocksense. Hussy would have been very close behind except they got caught at a traffic light when a large truck decided to turn in front of them. As they cleared the intersection, they saw the Toyota had entered the gravel road, and was throwing up a lot of dust as it proceeded. Phil pushed hussy’s big diesel as hard as it would go to close the distance. Meanwhile, Old Goat had called Nellis, and had an air ambulance on the way, loaded with forensic documentation specialists, a photographer, a medic and two lawyers armed with the FISA warrant for George Henly.
Meanwhile in the Toyota, George asked Danielle to remove her dress. She looked at him and shrugged her shoulders free and slipped the dress down, kicking off her pumps, and placing the dress on the seat between them… Is this ok? She slurred…. Trying to keep her head still. George was ecstatic, as he relished in the power he had over her… Finally, he said to himself… I’ve caught up you. I only wish women turned me on like Anu did…
Well, George said, your bra is in the way, really. How about removing it? As she complied, the wireless microphone fell on the seat… What’s that, George asked… it’s a miker,mick,,microphone, she managed… Throw it out the window, George said.. She complied.
For a moment the audio link went dead. Moments later the cab system took over. Phils knuckles were white, as he gripped the wheel in rage. Hussy was gaining though. They were only a few car lengths behind them… Finally George slowed a bit and asked Danielle to lay on the seat and rest her head on his lap. As she did so, she bumped the wheel, and he had to slow dramatically on the gravel road. Hussy passed them and continued on, as Phil and Clive had concluded that there was no way he could take a nude Danielle in the Rocksense front entrance even if Old Goats troops were not there. The bastard was heading to the back door, for sure.
As he looked in the rearview mirror, Phil saw that they were almost a half mile in front now. The dust cloud hussy was generating had forced the Toyota to slow even more. There was no audio at all from the Toyota, only the sound of gravel thrown up and hitting the fenders. Meanwhile, George found that he could not go through with it. The thought of a woman touching him there made him feel ill. Charlie and Claude were different. But even that was a long time ago. Soon he said, I will have Anu… He can show me a real good time. He looked at Danielle’s body, now nude except for panties, at his total command. Soon, bitch, he said, I will make a good trade. Soon, now.
Both hussy and the Toyota had passed Jim’s position. As he moved to follow, the Toyota was a quarter mile ahead. Meanwhile, hussy had arrived at the small road beside the Rocksens property that led to the cliff bottom below. The tire trenches left by the Toyota were too close together for hussy to fit. Her 4WD, though made the difference. They continued down hill, and as the road made the sharp turn toward the portal, Phil stopped and backed into the underbrush. Clive jumped out and unrolled the winch cable, as Phil operated the remote, wrapping it around a large boulder… Phil retracted the cable until it was taut across the road, 3 feet off the ground. He placed hussy in park, and cut the engine. Moments later, the Toyota started down the hill toward them.
Both Clive and Phil were outside of hussy when George saw the sun glint off of the steel cable stretched across the road. He saw the cable about the same time he saw Phil and Clive standing on either side of the road, and managed to nearly stop as the cable crumpled the Toyota hood. George threw the Toyota into reverse, as the two men advanced one on either side. The shower of gravel and small rocks from four spinning wheels and the sudden distraction of Jim’s car proceeding down the hill toward them allowed George just enough time to open his door and make a run downhill. Clive made a grab for him as George ducked under the cable, but with one hand, was only able to strip Georges jacket from him. George continued to run toward the portal, and as Clive recovered, and chased him Mossberg now at the ready. Clive managed to empty 6 shots into George, as George ran and stumbled through the portal, disappearing inside. Clive was following, reloading as he walked toward the portal, and just 10 feet from the cliff, he felt Marcy’s hand on his shoulder… Let him go, she said… Hatalii has told me that those who enter here today will not return.…
Oh, George, George, -- apparently Danielle is not the only one with a memory problem today…. Don’t you recall that both #2 and Anu warned you about the changes made here at the portal entrance?
Some people are aware of how quick changes can occur. For example, the people and places in this convoluted story. For example, merely a week after this event, The board accepted the Rocksense buyout offer from the same corporation that operates Skunk Works merely 80 miles to the north west. The final settlement price was made contingent on settling all civil actions, as is the norm. This contingency clause is what makes the epilogue to eventually follow actually necessary.
A month later found the Rocksense west facility officially closed, and the East facility in Silver Springs converted to a DC corporate office under the new name of Rockheed. The technical resources from both former Rocksense facilities, equipment and some personnel were relocated to a corner of Area 51 in a new large building designated Space 1.
As for the former Rocksense west property, all facilities are now scheduled to be razed and the property taken from Rory Reid’s companies and returned to nature as part of Wheeler Pass land Preserve. Already, the portal had been restored to the huge cavern it was originally. The light warping beams were no longer. For example, just a week later, the military team who entered its gaping mouth found only a single, 15 foot diameter steel cage with George Henlys body inside, his backside shredded with yellow rocks, and a few natural desert critters around, mostly snakes. Amy and Andy welcomed the increase in critters in the neighborhood.
Enough for now of the physical remnants. In the Epilogue to follow, there will be a short peek at the survivors, human and otherwise, some 5 years after.
Oh yeah… the device? Well, that’s a whole ‘nuther story… The last time I saw it Old Goat had it…
Some live only to identify winners and losers. The second wisest person that ever lived in the flesh spent his entire life in the same quest. As his life neared it’s end, Solomon wrote his summary:
A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?(NIV)
And who revealed that to Him? Why, The wisest man that ever lived, of course…
Unfortunately for many, the best of their life becomes lost in the details. As for me personally… I think I’ll have another beer.
Part 45 is here:
Epilogue to follow