Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 57
…“I am Agent Daniels from the CIA, Special Activities Division…
There is someone waiting for Martin and the gals when they return from Elgin; a very quiet ride back considering they return empty handed, although buoyed by the overall results of their daytrip. But the Kimbark off-campus gray stone is not empty, rather occupied by a dark suited individual and young man, two new faces to the girls, one with red paint splattered over his self.
The booby trap that the crack CCPI-iers had set up apparently did its job; anyone coming in while they were gone, without prior clearance was to be branded by the same ink placed in bank bags filled with cash. The piano teacher is an unintended, if not unknown target.
“William, are you okay? I am so sorry,” Kamen tells his obscure housemate, while glaring at Constance.
“It is a pleasure to meet your phantom cohabitator Martin… but the trip-wire worked well I see. Sorry about that kiddo!” But there is another. “And who do we have here?”
“I am Agent Daniels from the CIA, Special Activities Division,” the outwardly undaunted man hands over his I.D. “Obviously you have been expecting intruders, of which I suppose I am technically so, but William beat me here by a few minutes and let me in immediately; a bit chilly out there and the neighborhood is a bit dicey, I stand out like a sore thumb.”
“You just never know who or what you are going to catch, Agent Daniels.” Constance does not apologize for her intruder deterrent. “To what do we owe the pleasure?”
“For the last year and a half I have been embedded in a foreign organization called FOREVER MASTADON, FM for short. Their sole purpose is to suppress scientific information, the kind that goes against their neo-communist agenda. Miss Caraway, you first exposed them to the world when James East was found to be a double agent at Argonne’s Manhattan Project at the conclusion of WWII, but no one knew at the time, how that man (Victor VonOeste) fit in to the larger scheme. FM was behind the efforts to throw a wrench into our Chicago Pile One project from within; no bomb no peace.”
Guilty as charged.