Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 148

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 148

… “I want you to be a part of my next crusade.” Billy Graham has his sights set on revival…

 “I want you to be a part of my next crusade.” Without concern or compunction, Billy Graham has his sights set on revival. It has been 45 years since the last “Great Awakening” and considering the troubling direction of the world, the frequency of wars, the coming age of information, moral decay, etc…, the time has come for the next such amassing of God’s people. “I am gathering the world’s most influential leaders in their fields of expertise, and not just the blatantly religious. You, Willard Libby represent perhaps the fittest example of proving the case for Christ; your Carbon-14 findings will rock secular strongholds down to the quick.”

“I am flattered that you would consider me,” Libby’s modest style is what makes him so attractive to Graham, who is not seeking grandstanders, only defenders of the Word. “You are aware that the fantastic people who are working on my behalf (and Martin) believe they are having encounters with the Devil?”

“As a matter of fact, I have spoken to most of them, the CIA guy foremost of those; and I must tell you that it makes me shudder to think how bold Satan has become. But that is what I’m talking about: the world needs to know exactly what they are up against. When asked, 99% of people on Earth don’t believe that Satan exists, which is just the way he wants it.

“And you won’t hear about this stuff on radio news broadcasts or on television either. The truth needs to be told.”

“You can count me in, though the vehicle with which I tell the world about my half-life discoveries is not what I envisioned.”

“We don’t have the plan for our lives; God is the author of the world he has created with His hands, for His great pleasure.”

“When do WE start,” he puts his arm around Martin, anxious to escape his imposed imprisonment.

“Spring is around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere and we are in the process of securing venues for the crusade. We have to expect that the Lord will be sending a million seekers our way, with the hope of attracting a billion more!”

“I am into large-scale thinking, but you best leave the Bible thumping for folks who know what they are talking about.”

“Listen and learn, my friend,” the evangelist exhorts, “your job is to bend the ears of the technological intolerant.”


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 138

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 …Daniels can sense the presence of a watchful eye, like when you know someone is lurking in the bushes, with bad intent…

“So my old friend Cephus has returned to the scene of the crime,” Pentateuch entertains himself by tracking all of his associates, like a pointy-eared Peeping Tom. In his native form, like other devilish doers, he is unattractive to the human eye, hence the many seductive shapes he assumes, save the asp of the GOE days.

GOE

He knows a person’s weak spots and he will grab hold of it. In the case of L. Dick Cannon, the visage of a corporate type fills the bill. For Canisso and Cephus, he is very lordly like.

His newest mission is to steal away with whatever Cephus/Daniels is there for. Once he has established his presence within Argonne, no need of security clearance, he confirms what notion he had imagined, Martin Kamen there with designs of succeeding Libby. In his reality, Pentateuch believes he is going to pull off another of his covert coups, now without access to Daniels’ deepest thoughts.

Meanwhile

conspiracy

“Let’s go over to Building Three to catch some lunch,” Martin serves as tour guide at the University of Chicago extension and Department of Defense weapons lab. And though Kamen doesn’t seek to annihilate millions by nuclear means, he has inherited Willard Libby’s office and reputation.

“Did you leave the papers where they can be easily taken?” Daniels can sense the presence of a watchful eye, like when you know someone is lurking in the bushes, with bad intent.

“There in a file cabinet, in a top drawer and labeled “Carbon-14”. Do you think Penty will get it?”

“We may want him to be an unwitting fool, but he is no moron.”

“Can he hear what we are saying?” asks Martin self-consciously.

“No. He would have to uncloak in order to listen in and if you don’t smell burnt flesh, you know he’s not physically present. He will know that I have left the room.”


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 137

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 137

…”That’s enough to piss off the Pope,” this newly minted fugitive from the CPD adds a pinch of pontiff impropriety to his normally dry humor…

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Don’t piss off the Pope!

As is his usual, Martin has been a quiet observer throughout the latest episode of that popular television show, “What’s My Line?”, with guest panelists, A. Gent Dan, Pen T. Tuke and A. Jacks Bunnion and narrated by your congenial host Carrie Conway.

“Thank you all for asking my opinion,” Martin acts as if he is put off, when in fact he has been composing a countering position to Libby all along. They had been figuring that he would oppose and debate the plan.

“So what do you think Martin, could this throw Forever Mastadon off the mark or at least keep us safe until Libby drops the real bombshell?”

“What a damn double whammy that’s going to be,” Ace concludes. “Not only is his idea not dead……..but neither is he!’

“That’s enough to piss off the Pope,” this newly minted fugitive from the CPD adds a pinch of pontiff impropriety to his normally dry humor.

Expecting a big push-back, the others await Martin’s reaction.

“I’ll do it.” There is a collective sigh. “Both Will and me knew that there would be naysayer factions inside and outside of the scientific community, so we went about crafting a counterpoint expository that would represent the negative. We can fire it off early if you want.”

Mr. Cheddar

“We want you to present it in a way that supports the evolution crowd, not an argument against something nobody has heard yet. You Martin represent the closest Libby protégé and by publicly supporting carbon dating of material that is millions of years old, you will demonstrate a clean break,” Constance lays down her vision. “And don’t worry about your reputation. We are going to make you the cheese in the mousetrap. The mousetrap is Argonne and Daniels will join you as Mr. Cheddar.”

“If we stay there more than 24 hours, Penty will find me,” James/Daniels explains. “For some reason, it takes him a full day before he can locate me.”

“Don’t you get tired of moving around all the time… and how do you sleep?” Ace is sympathetic to being a man on the run.

“I can stay in one spot Ace, in places that are nondescript, like this is not one of those places, so I must keep moving,” the government man’s plight comes with the job. “And I sleep with eyes wide shut.”


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 136

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 136

…Cupcake my ass, you—you Mr. Big Stuff…

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…do I need to convince you further? And you can toss in that phantom building in Rome and those ghost headquarters on top of that LaSalle Street address,” Daniels states authoritatively.

“Okay I get your point, but what can we do going forward?” Ace, the veteran of many an aerial dogfight wants to be prepared for a battle of the uncharted sort.

“Pentateuch is mad as hell and he is back on the move. As far as I know, he cannot directly harm anyone who is not under his control; he has to use surrogates to do that dirty work.”

“Where does that leave you, didn’t you work for him?”

“Not in the strictest sense, Mr. Ace. I have had special mind-control-defeating-training, should I be captured during an operation and all, so I am immune from his personal attacks. So for immediate purposes, it’s the Chicago Police Department I need to get around.”

“Good ol’ Connie here knows how to deal with cops, don’t you cupcake?” he slaps her on the backside.

“Cupcake my ass! You can make fun of me, you—you Mr. Big Stuff, but I may have the best plan EVER in mind.”

“If it involves me, you do know about that flack shrapnel I have in my gluteus maximus?”

what he wants“Yes you can be a pain in the posterior, but I am talking about giving Penty exactly what he thinks he wants most.”

“I think I know, but for the sport of it, what does he want?” asks the single most informed human being in present company.

“I’ve heard you refer to it as the Great Deception.”

“Yes this whole ordeal revolves around protecting it. He is every bit a roaring lion.”Agent Daniels-001

“All we have to do is have Martin sign off on a paper that concludes that all of Libby’s findings were skewed, he poo-poos it, thereby preserving his precious evolution ruse.”

It gets the Agent Daniels stamp of approval, “After all, what’s the big deal? They think Willard his dead, right? And Old Martin here, didn’t have the courage to see it through.”


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 135

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 135

…Constance thinks she has made a breakthrough, when in fact, she is one conclusion behind…

“When I opened the door something smelled like it was burning, but there was no smoke and Simpson’s head was face down at his desk, blood trickling out of both ears.

“By then his secretary had come back to her desk and she saw me with blood on my hands, I had checked his neck for a pulse,” claims Agent Daniels.

“And she assumed that it was you who killed the man?” Ace guesses, getting into the investigative spirit.

“She told me that no one had been in his office since the morning startup meeting 2 hours earlier, that I was the only other meeting he had scheduled.

“I tried to explain that I found him that way, but she called down to the switchboard to send for security. I ran from the room, knowing that CIA people are not welcome in local jurisdictions and any excuse I would give them might not be well received. I ran out of the building and came here.”

Connie looked at Ace who had no opinion, “You said that the room smelled like something was burning?”

“Yes.”

“Did it smell like smoldering embers or singed flesh?”

“Yes, I have been at fires where people had 2nd and 3rd degree burns… a sense that you can’t forget.”

“In all your dealings with that Agnostica guy, did you ever meet him outside his safe-room?”

“Safe room?” Ace inquires.

“The room where that is so cold that water begins to ice over,” Connie answers Ace.

one step behind“No, I always came to him in one of those places.” Daniels answers Connie.

“I think we have a way of detecting that guy,” Constance thinks she has made a breakthrough, when in fact, she is one conclusion behind.

For the record, he sets her straight, “Miss Caraway, that “guy” as you refer to him, is not human.”

Ace is quick to jump in, “So you’re telling us that this “thing” is the Devil?”

“Yep,” Daniels goes on, “the fallen favored Angel of God himself. Look at the trail of dead bodies in his path:

  1. The Pope’s brother hangs himself, coincidence…?
  2. Miss Caraway has to kill two of FM’s goons after Dombroski’s wife is taken…
  3. Canisso, his lieutenant before me, struck by a lightning bolt sent from the Heavens. I saw it with my own eyes…
  4. Bartholomew Simpson is about to change what children are being taught about evolution in the schools, a huge revelation and he is being taken away by the Cook County Coroner as we speak…

…do I need to convince you further?”


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 134

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Chapter Twelve

THE PRIMROSE PATH

…When I opened the door, something smelled like it was burning, but there was no smoke…

“something is burning””

“Hey CC, Fanny called while you were out,” Ace states matter-of-factly, oblivious to the corollary between a telephone call and fate.

Constance need not be filled in on the details. The fact that she failed to tell her partner that she has been in contact with Ace Bannion for two and a half weeks and never once told Fanny about it, well the most undesirable outcome of that oversight has come home to roost. In an attempt to spare Fanny the temporary anguish of Ace’s reappearance into their lives, she instead has severed the trust bond between sisters-in-arms.

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“You didn’t tell her about me, did you? Ugh. Never mind, I know the answer to that. I don’t mind playing the role of the villain once in a while, but hurting Fanny Renwick was not part of the bargain. She’s none too happy Constance, can you blame her?”

Before she can respond to damning indictment of her relational misjudgments, Agent Daniels is on the front landing, banging on the entry with great urgency. Ace opens the door.

Not that one

“Bart Simpson was found dead in his office!” The normally unflappable man is disheveled and distraught, not the unflappable version they are used to seeing. “And I think the Chicago police may believe I did it.”

“Simpson? The name doesn’t ring a bell. Please calm down and tell it to me slowly,” urges a concerned Constance.

He takes a deep breath and straightens his narrow black necktie, “I had an appointment with him at his office over at McGraw-Hill in the Loop.” Now she remembers. “While I was in the outer office, I thought I heard something going on behind the door. When I opened the door, something smelled like it was burning, but there was no smoke and Simpson’s head was face down at his desk, blood trickling out of both ears.”


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 121

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 121

…at least the spy can jettison the two Vatican and Hades of his five aliases. “The Rogue” – Jesse James – Daniels will carry on…

Pentateuch ponders his shrinking prospects.

“Establishing a strategic base with both the requisite temperature control and placementDark Ages-001 near an iconic religious confluence is critical, Cephus. Find me another one before the day is out.” Because of the eternal heat of his primary dwelling place, where this fallen angel must spend the majority of his time in the company of dead non-believers, he has found it necessary to regenerate his countenance in a refrigerated environment while spending time “above” the Lake of Fire. “I have had that building since before my faithful servant Petrarch’s corruption had to give way to that tepid reawakening movement. I so long for another dark age! ”

The age of forgetfulness was a fertile playground for nearly a millennium. He attempts to add a historical frame for his cause, into the soul of Cephus, his double-dealing doer are dark deeds.

And Pentateuch has a singular way of summoning his subjects, lacking the omnipotence of the Divine One. It is definitely off-worldly and without a physics elucidation, and can be directed at a single person; the intended target hears things that are inaudible to everyone else.

Daniels/Spencer/Cephus has that exclusive receptor and though it startles him every time, he generally responds, in accordance to his nefarious duties. Considering the recent setbacks suffered by his current manic manager, Agent Daniels has been removed from his “Spencer/Cephus” umbrellas byconspiracy the CIA home office, in a preemptive attempt to save him from harm. They cannot remove any telepathic traces that remain, but at least he can jettison the two Vatican and Hades of his five aliases. “The Rogue” – Jesse James – Daniels will carry on.

The Dark Deceptor seeks to regroup, calling out to his now vacated assistant, but no one is home. Daniels girds himself, while aftershocks are being felt around the world, even in places without major continental faults; Geiger Counters chatter in the wake of a big planetary belch.


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