Chapter 16

When we were getting close to our apartment I noticed we had someone outside our door. I got out my gun and told Jesse to stay close. As we got closer I saw to my amazement that it was Rick and Jackie!
“Hey it’s great to see you guys!” I shouted as I waved at them and ran, Jesse keeping by my side.
“Hi Ranger! It’s great to see you too!” Shouted Rick running to meet me. Jackie stayed where she was and shouted, “hi Ranger, we’ve missed you!”
“I’ve missed you guys too!” I shouted back to both of them.
“Well we heard about your adventure and Jesse too. Hi boy,” he said petting Jesse’s head.
“What brings you here?” I asked.
“Let’s go inside and have a chat,” said Rick.
“Ok, look there’s Colonel Mark coming our way.”
Rick turned and looked. “Yes, we need to talk. Come on Jackie can’t wait to get her arms around you.” He talked to me as we approved Jackie and Colonel Mark.
“I missed you so much!” Jackie was hugging me and Jesse was pawing her for attention. She looked down at him.
“Hi boy, Ranger always wanted a German Shepherd.”
He wagged his tail and grinned.
“Well, he’s on loan, he isn’t mine.” I told her grimly.
“No worries, enjoy him while you can.” she said.
“Shall we go in?” asked Colonel Mark.
“Yes,” I took out my key after I untangled myself from Jackie.
All of us entered, I noticed Colonel Mark locked the door after us. We sat down at a little table. Jackie got up and thumbed through the cabinets finding tea.
“Anyone up for some tea?” she asked.
“Yes,” everyone replied.
“Ok, coming right up.” She put on the hot water and sat down next to me.
“We’re glad that you are looking so good. Hows that leg, heard you took a bullet?” asked Rick.
“It’s healed pretty much, just tender to the touch.” I said as I reached down and felt my leg.
“Good, because Ron has surfaced again in another venue. He must be stopped, the Soviets must be stopped. That is if it’s the Soviets or just Ron and his crew forming there own agenda.” Rick continued. “We’re pulling you out of the Olympics and tonight we’re flying to Moscow. We have arrangements made in a hotel there. Let’s go over the plans.” he pulled out a timeline of events and a map.
All of us were gazing on the map as Colonel Mark spoke.
“We have heard of a threat to our security involving some technical spies that work for companies that have been on the United States high alert list. Five of these spies have been working on a project for spying.”
“I don’t get it, what does this have to do with me?” I asked.
“Just listen and see if it makes any sense Ranger,” Rick told me.
I nodded and kept my mouth shut. I felt I was way in over my head and just wanted to go home to my grandpa and grandma. I wonder if there ok? I thought.
Colonel Mark continued, “There is a flight going out of Moscow in five days to fly to China with twenty-five of the spies on board. We need you, Ranger and Jesse to be on that flight.”
“Some of the risks are that the pilot will depressor the cabin and everyone will die. We have put special air tanks into this plane, there is room underneath and we have air tanks, a computer, and whatever is needed for survival under there. We have decided that you, Ranger, Jesse and Rick will board that plane. You will situated in the rear and be adjacent to one another. There is a latch in the back by the restrooms to go underneath the plane. We believe the pilot, co-pilot and some of the stewardesses on this flight are in the plan.”
“Ok, what’s the plan for the plane and people?” I asked eagerly.
Colonel Mark answered, “We believe the plane will be taken to Pakistan with all passengers on board to be held hostage. The spy’s on board will be forced to reveal their secrets.”
“Um, what secrets?” I asked.
“The secrets they were kicked out of the United States for after stealing them from us.” Colonel Mark said grimly.
My heart felt heavy, this was really more than a teenager should have to do. However, my curiosity was aroused. How could I save these people, help my country and get out alive?

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