It was nearly three o’clock in the morning when a barely audible buzz was heard from the phone. The lovers were still intertwined in their embrace. Harrison freed himself as gently as he could so as not to awaken Hannah. He reached for the phone and half-jokingly hoped it was a wrong number. Harrison was as alert as anybody could be when awakened abruptly during the early morning hours.
Harrison switched on the nightstand light and picked up the phone. He managed to mumble, “Hello.” “We have a special-coded message for Hardware” was the terse reply. Hardware was Harrison’s designation assigned specifically to him by President Ashton. Harrison said abruptly, “One moment” and gathered paper and pen to transcribe the message. He returned to the phone and uttered, “Ready.” Harrison listened intently to the message as he translated its true meaning. A look of horror transformed his groggy facial expression as he decoded the incoming dispatch.
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