Madison nodded. “Nine to be exact.”
“The data Blair’s pulled out corroborates what they’re saying about the pathogen. It’s not airborne and is only transmitted via physical contact with tissue or fluids from an infected source.” Lucas pulled off the hood of his hazmat suit. He nodded to Madison and Kincade. “They’d be infected right now, and clearly they aren’t.”
“Since we’re acting normally and not trying to kill you,” Kincade added.
The door to the command center opened, Ori entered, and he re-locked it. He stopped long enough to remove his hazmat suit then strode across the space to Kai. “Being able to take that thing off is a true blessing.” When he was close enough, he held out his hand to Kincade then Madison. “Ori Bier, Mossad.”
Kincade grinned. “If Kruger is still alive, he’ll be as thrilled to see you as he was me.”
Ori’s deep, rich laugh filled the air. He had a knack for putting a room at ease with that laugh and it was working. Touching his ear lightly with his finger he said, “So I heard.” Hiding the fact they were equipped with earbuds for communication was senseless, since these men would expect that sort of gear and might even have their own.
“An impressive team,” Madison added. Kai didn’t need any special abilities to see and hear the admiration reflected in the expression on Madison’s face.
Ori nodded politely to Kai. “Richter.” It was something they often did, acted as if they barely knew each other. Over the years they’d discovered it made an effective ploy and very protective cover. “Thank you, but we’re not out yet.”
“Closer than we were twelve hours ago,” Kincade said.
Their conversation stopped when Porter and Sophia arrived. Per her usual, Sophia made an entrance. She tossed off her hazmat suit before marching up to the men. “Mr. Samuels and I have secured the third level.” Her normal slightly southern American accent was gone, replaced by a very distinctive Irish brogue. “Katie O’Leary, Army Ranger Wing Irish Defense Forces. My somewhat reserved partner is Porter Samuels, our coordinator.”
Blair twisted in his chair and glanced back, arching an eyebrow. Porter stood off to the side, shaking his head. It was too difficult to explain they were married and operatives to those not in the know about vampires so Sophia would adopt her alias and persona. It’d been a while since Katie had put in an appearance, but Sophia had a special talent. She could take put on an alias and wear it like a new outfit, then change to another in a moment’s notice if need be.
Porter almost never used his American Secret Service title outside the United States, and then only in rare circumstances. In this case it would make no sense for him to be here in that capacity. Being operations and mission coordinator, presumably from the United Nations, made much more sense. The fact he was also an albino precluded him from any sort of traditional undercover positions requiring him to blend into a crowd. He became the ultimate bureaucrat issuing the orders and keeping the team solidified.
“Is all the food and water stored in the galley on this level?” Lucas asked. “I need to give you two a decent exam too.”
“Yes. There’s a few small compartments down that way,” Madison pointed out the direction. “I think those hold extra. We never did figure out the codes and get inside, but there wasn’t really a need either since there was plenty of provisions in the main galley.”
Kai had been wondering how the facility occupants would explain those rooms to anyone coming in from the outside.
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