Alex and Stephen were speechless. They watched silently as Sebastian walked in the garage before closing the door behind him. If either of them were by themselves, they each would have thought they were imagining this situation. But there he was. Sebastian was back.
“Alright, you guys are starting to scare me”, Sebastian finally said. “I know it’s been a while since we’ve spoken, but I’m here to help. Honest. You haven’t changed your mind have you?”
It still took a few seconds, but finally Alex said, “To be honest, we were packing all of this up and getting ready to make a run for it. We assumed since we haven’t heard anything from you in weeks that you decided to join ‘The Keeper’s’.”
“Oh, I’m still joining. And yeah, there was a time when I seriously considered joining them for good. I haven’t even seen a fraction of what they are capable of, and it’s still mind boggling.”
It was then that Stephen finally spoke up. As he walked to the window and peeked out from behind the curtain, he asked a question that Alex was too stunned to consider yet. “How do you know you weren’t followed?”
“I wasn’t followed. Trust me. I’ve been developing this anti-tracking software that is, if I must say, pretty damn fool proof. In fact, I think that’s one of the reasons they recruited me in the first place.”
“What do you mean?”, asked Alex. “How would they know about it?”
“I have no idea, but I am 99% positive that my recruiter tried to hack my computer and steal my files on this project. I also found some bugging equipment that had to be theirs. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
“So is that what changed your mind?”, Stephen inquired.
“I was pretty conflicted the whole time. I listened to everything you guys said and I walked into the situation with skepticism anyway. But if they would actually go behind my back to steal my work? There’s no way I could ever trust anything they told me in the future.” He didn’t mention his epiphany while hanging out with Anna. That was none of their business.
As Sebastian spoke, Alex just sat back in amazement before finally chiming in.
“You know what this means don’t you guys? If they are going to all of this trouble to get their hands on this software, that means that they don’t have access to that technology in their database. Unbelievable.”
“No wonder they were after you kid”, Stephen said. “You have something that they don’t. It has to drive them nuts.”
“So does this mean we’re back in business?”, Sebastian asked.
“Damn straight”, Alex replied. “Let’s finish this once and for all.”