Sebastian wasn’t the only one who noticed the remark about the garage. Alex and Stephen were listening intently to every word that was said, hoping to catch something that Sebastian might miss. The uneasiness that the two men felt everyday was now on the verge of full blown paranoia
“How the hell do they know about this garage?’, Stephen asked as the two men began hurriedly packing boxes again.
“Are you really that surprised?”, Alex answered. “Look who we’re dealing with. We can’t be too comfortable anywhere. We got sloppy.”
It went unsaid between the two old friends, but they were each having the same thought that Sebastian was having.
Was Sebastian’s cover blown? He was in the lion’s den now and if ‘The Keepers’ had any suspicions of his loyalty, they may never see him again.
They packed the last box of files into Stephen’s car. They considered going inside and wiping the place for finger prints but figured what’s the use. The opposition already knew that they had been there. Besides, a group like ‘The Keepers’ aren’t exactly going to be calling the cops to settle their disputes.
“Alright, that’s the last one”, stated Stephen. “Let’s get the hell out of here.”
“That sounds good, but where?”
“Anywhere but here. I’ve got a full tank of gas, so let’s just start driving and we’ll figure out our next move. We have to get this stuff to a safe place. Quickly.”
Stephen jumped in the driver’s seat as Alex buckled into the passenger side. As Stephen put the vehicle in reverse both men looked back to see if anyone was behind them. They both nearly jumped out of their seats when they noticed the man sitting in the back seat staring right back at them.
“Hello gentlemen. Don’t worry, I’m not here to hurt you. If that was my plan, believe me you’d both already be dead and no one would ever find your bodies. Stephen, I like your plan. Let’s go for a ride and talk about our next move. After all, we have a lot to talk about.”
They didn’t know who this man was, but after noticing the gun sitting in his lap, they were in no position to argue. Stephen backed the car out of the driveway and started down the road, not knowing where this stranger was taking them.
He was indeed a stranger. They had never seen him before. In fact, not many people had ever seen his face before. At least nobody who knew who he really was.
To the members of ‘The Keepers’ he was just a voice over an intercom, phone or sometimes just a voice in the dark. To them, he was known as The Conductor.
Of course he went by many other names over the years, no one really knowing his true identity.
But a very, very long time ago, he had a real life, with real friends and family. And a real name.