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9 – Coffee

Oliver’s plan was simple: He would tell the concierge he was waiting for a friend, go into the coffee shop, and get a seat near the window. Diana would also sit near the window so she could overhear, or at least watch, whatever went on at Oliver’s table. If possible, Diana would use her phone […]

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8 – Contact

Oliver sprang from the chair by the window and went to squint through the peep-hole. A uniformed hotel employee stood in the hall, one hand resting on the handle of a hard-shelled black rolling suitcase. A small  briefcase rested at his feet.  “Delivery for Mr. Lucas,” the man said. “That’s me,” Oliver replied, opening the […]

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7 – Arrival

Two days later they arrived at the Hotel Sofitel in Cairo. Pulling up under the carport of the gold-topped pink tower located in the nook of a curve in the Nile, Diana expressed surprise at the choice of lodging. Oliver finished paying the driver and stepped up beside her, saying, “I got a large advance […]

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6 – Egypt Saved by Joseph

Diana led Oliver around the imposing circular walls of the medieval Louvre, still preserved here in the basement level of the museum, and up a set of stairs to the ground floor of the museum. Glancing out through the old glass panes, Oliver saw the distorted image of a group of tourists wandering through the […]

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5 – Diana

Five days later, Oliver arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport, fifteen kilometers north-east of Paris, France. While his ultimate destination was an expensive hotel in the center of Cairo, paid for with his advance from the Senator, Oliver needed to make a brief stopover in France first.  Oliver had an insatiable appetite for adventure and […]

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4 – True Relics

The Senator rested his glass on the arm of his chair and gazed steadily at Oliver. “Not a bourbon man, eh?” “No. I try it every now and again to be polite, but I prefer craft beer myself.” The Senator cleared his throat. “I suppose I can respect that. Small brewers and their customers are […]

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3 – Family Ties

Amber drove west from Fairfax, pushing the car through thick afternoon traffic for nearly an hour. As they drove, Oliver filled her in on his adventure in Iceland. Everything had gone well, he explained, until he had reached the cave where the shard of cold metal, the object of his hunt, had lain hidden. There, […]

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2 – Homecoming

Oliver tipped the taxi driver and watched him drive off into the bright, sticky air of the Virginia afternoon. For once, Oliver didn’t mind the heat. After two weeks in Iceland, he was glad to be warm again. He lingered outside the automatic sliding doors for a moment, still wary of being followed, but none […]

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Fiction The Staff of Moses

1 – Dark Eyes

Oliver Lucas fumbled with the tap, doing his best to keep the blood on his knuckles from smearing onto the spring loaded knob as he attempted to wash the battered fingers of his left hand. It was quite the challenge and he was starting to get angry.  If only airlines had regular taps, he thought, […]