April took over the remote mouse and clicked on a slide showing an aerial view of a large house located on about thirty acres of land. I was able to see a red barn on the property, plus a small lake near the residence. Most of the surrounding land looked undeveloped.
April’s voice had a slight tremor as she began speaking. “We’ve rented you this property located on the outskirts of Norman, Oklahoma on East Tecumseh Road. It belongs to Phillip Ortega, a professor at the University of Oklahoma, who’s on sabbatical in Spain. He was scheduled to return in nine months, but I negotiated the lease for a full year.”
At the mention of negotiating the lease, the tenor of April’s voice changed slightly. Since she’d been responsible for negotiating with the realtor, perhaps remembering her success at this task helped to settle her nerves. At any rate, after mentioning the lease, she seemed more relaxed and continued describing my new accommodations by flashing photos of the home’s interior across the screen.
“It’s fully furnished, of course, and Mr. Carlton’s office had a former Agency employee visit the property and arrange for some additional security systems to be installed.”
I assumed she was talking about Danny Jarrar, the former field operative who was now working for OSBI. Since I knew he tended to operate with a “worst case scenario” mentality, I hoped he hadn’t overdone the security thing. Too much security would only draw attention to me.
“You’ll pick up the keys, security codes, and owner’s instructions from Eric Hawley at the Dylard Group Real Estate Agency. His information will be included in your Kit, of course.”
The Kit was given to the intelligence officer at the end of a Legends briefing. It included all the items mentioned in the briefing, plus a few extras. Kellerman usually called these extra inclusions “gifts.”
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