Chapter 9:

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Action and Adventure  |  No Houses

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“Health and Prosperity”


When Sierra Connors finally awoke, she had a splitting headache and found herself on another couch in another office. However, this office was much larger and a lot fancier. A large oak desk stood directly in front of her and just behind the desk, up on the wall, were the initials AB. She tried to get up but her legs were weak, so she remained seated.

Suddenly, two large wooden doors off to the side swung open and in walked a skinny man with olive colored wrinkled skin and a shock of white hair, with eyebrows that were eerily dark. He walked slowly and deliberately to the desk. To Sierra he looked ancient. He gently sat down in a leather chair behind the large desk and looked at her and smiled.

"Allow me to introduce myself," he said, his voice strenuous but strong, "my name is Roland Alberdine. I am President and CEO of Alberdine Biosciences and we believe you have something we are very interested in."

"Oh you do, do you?" Sierra replied mockingly, her head still throbbing, "Listen, Methuselah, I'm appreciative that you took care of those Romonov twins, but I don't appreciate the way you invited me to this little meeting. Either way, I don’t know what you’re even talking about.”

Alberdine feebly laughed, "Yes, you do! I had my own agents at Remington's party as well. They watched you. They followed you. How do you think we knew where the Russians took you?"

"Were you the ones that killed Remington?" Sierra accusingly asked.

"No," Alberdine replied, "we are a peaceful organization. We promote only health and prosperity. That is why it’s very important for you, Ms. Connors, to give us the document. All the other groups in pursuit of it want to use that map to harness the energies for destructive purposes. We want to utilize the energies for healing and life extension. I know what those energies can do. Both positively and negatively. I want to use it for positive purposes.

I have lived a very, very long time. Longer than you can imagine. But my time here is now limited. I hope the energy can revitalize me because, as you get older, you realize how precious life is."

"If I had this document," Sierra began, "and I'm not saying that I do, but if I did give it to you and you discovered how to package these healing energies to the general public, would you provide it for free?"

Alberdine smiled, "Of course, but there would have to be some type of charge to cover expenses."

Sierra let out a loud cynical laugh, "Yeah, I knew it! You're just as greedy as the rest of them. Find the secret to eternal life and use it on yourself, then charge every other poor bastard their life savings to try a sample."

Alberdine shook his head, "Well, this is ironic. The greedy thief, burglar, and con girl, who has spent her entire young life stealing from others is lecturing me on ethics?"

"Touché' Gatsby!" Sierra replied, "But I've never claimed to be morally superior. It just bugs me about those who promote themselves as some compassionate hero for the people, but are really no better than a common street thug themselves."

"Nevertheless," Alberdine continued, "do you have the document or not?"

Sierra thought for a second, "Yes, I do. But not on me. If you can provide a ride, I'll take you to where I stashed it."

Alberdine closely watched Sierra’s face for a tell. Some little clue that she was lying. He saw none.

"Very well," he replied, "I'll send a couple of my agents with you. You retrieve the document and bring it back immediately. Remember, there are many others, not as nice as we are, who want that document and would do anything to get it!"

"Don't I know it, Gigalamesh!" Sierra cryptically answered.

To be Continued: Next Chap. 10 "The Wimpy Ones"?

Submitted: June 20, 2014

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Joseph Mark

Wow! Sierra has got a mouth on her! I wonder if this guy really wants to harness the energy that map will lead him to for benevolent reasons. I can't wait to read more!

Fri, June 20th, 2014 3:17am

Nikki Evans

Ha! I don't trust this guy and Sierra shouldn't either. Another funny and great chapter!!

Fri, June 20th, 2014 6:12am


Loved it Evie ") the whole scene with this dude with the shock of white hair reminded me of a bad guy out of a bond movie. A smooth talking bullshitter lol I personally wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw the evil bugger. Free for all, yeah right. Sierra smells a rat and I think she's about to lead them on a wild goose chase. I love the pace of this story and all the colourful characters. Can't wait for the next installment! ")

Sat, June 21st, 2014 9:39am

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