Agent Zero

Posted on September 9, 2008 by


“He comes and goes at odd hours,” said Jan Wursset. “I saw him pull into the driveway at 3:26 AM. That’s just not right. What kind of example is he setting for his kids, you know? It’s the father’s responsibility to provide orderly, predictable, and conventional lifestyle patterns.

“So I confronted him about it. He didn’t think any of us were watching, but I was watching — I’m always watching. I ran down to his driveway. You should have seen him jump when he got out of the car and saw me standing there. That nervous, frightened little jump confirmed it to me. ‘Jan,’ I thought, ‘This man has just done some terrible deed. And it’s up to you to find out what.’ He held a suspicious-looking bag in his hand.

“I said, ‘Good morning, David,’ just like that. ‘Good morning,’ I said, ‘I was just out for my morning jog, and thought I’d come by to say hi. Where are you getting in from?’ You see, I’m not one to beat around the bush. Right to the point, that’s me.

“He gave me an odd look, and said — a little too calmly, considering the circumstances — ‘Tanner woke up feeling sick, I had to run to the store to get him some medicine.’ I looked again at the bag in his hands. It was a Wal-Mart grocery sack. He was right, I could see that there was a bottle of Pepto-Bismol in there. But there was something else in there too…a disc of some kind.

“I didn’t ask — he would have said it was just a DVD or something. But I knew the truth: that disc contained his secret orders. And I had to find out what they were.”

[to be continued]

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