“I found it!” Ben shouted, waking Emily and Amber. “Sorry, but I found it!”
“You did?” Amber yawned. “Well, don’t keep us waiting.”
“Based on the driving log and Jason’s phone, I found a destination that fits both signals. It took longer than expected, but here it is.” Ben turned his computer around. “You wouldn’t have noticed it if you didn’t know it was there. Kind of like a deserted island. It looks it the signal is coming from this abandoned prison complex. It was run by some corporation ten years ago. They ran tests on their prisoners. It’s actually quite fasci–“
“Get to the point!” Amber shouted.
“He’s there. At least let me share the info. Geez. Em, did you hear that?” Ben asked.
“Kind of? Something about tests?” Emily asked, rubbing her eyes.
“He found where Jason and Jasper are,” Amber said. “Looks like we’re going on a road trip!”
“Absolutely not; that’s way too slow. I might be able to commission a plane. A buddy of mine owes me a big favor. I’m sure he won’t mind. Probably,” Ben said, dialing a number.
“Secret Agent Jones at it again?” Amber laughed. “Must be one hell of a favor.”
“It is,” Ben said.
“Hello? Jones? What’s up? You know this line is for emergencies only, right?”
“Hey, Taylor. Yeah, I know. This is an emergency. I have two civilians with me. My sister and her friend.”
“Rude!” Amber shouted.
“Anyway, we need a ride. Five hours out by car from my location. I’ll send the coordinates.”
“Whoa! Slow down, Ben. Want to tell me the details?” Taylor asked.
“My brother is in danger. He’s been kidnapped, and I need to go get him.”
“Hey, didn’t I see someone that kind of looked like you in King of the World? What was his name? I only remember his number. 99, I think.”
“Jasper,” Ben said.
“Right. So how’s that a kidnapping? Didn’t he sign up for it?”
“Yeah, he did, but I think something wrong. You know I don’t ask for things unless it’s important. I just need a jet.”
“A JET?! Are you out of your mind? Do you know how much paperwork that’ll be?”
“Remind me who saved your butt when you lost a prime suspect the government had in custody? Who tracked him for two days straight and gave a certain someone all the credit?” Ben smirked. “Who was that again?”
“I hate you, Jones. Be ready in five. I’ll have a driver come to pick you up. They’ll drive you to the nearest despatch base in Zone 5,” Taylor said. Ben could tell he was a little annoyed.
“How did you know where I was?”
“You’re not the only one with tech skills,” Taylor said.
“Hmm, alright. We’ll be down in five. Thanks.”
“Uh-huh, see you soon, Jones,” Taylor said, disconnecting.
“Alright, we need to move. Transport will be downstairs in a few minutes,” Ben said as he packed his things.
“Times like these, I’m glad I know someone in the government. Otherwise, I’d tell you to get lost,” Amber said, grabbing her bag.
“I’m familiar with your record,” Ben smirked.
“Did you look me up?” Amber asked.
“I look everyone up. Your file just took the longest,” Ben said.
Emily was first out the door. Her face was blank, but she was shaking on the inside. He felt Ben’s hand on her arm and stopped. “What?” Emily said.
“You okay? This may get dangerous. You both can stay here,” Ben said.
“I’m going. I’d be a nervous wreck, not knowing what’s going on. I’m just scared. I don’t know if he’s okay or not. I need to know that Jasper is okay. Jason too.”
“Plus, we know too much,” Amber said, shutting the door. ” I won’t recommend leaving us alone” She wrapped her arm around Emily’s. “Come on, Em. We can save Jasper and Jason by ourselves. Mr. Agent here can shove that I’m gonna protect you girls act up his ass.”
“I never said that,” Ben said as they boarded the elevator.
“You were thinking it. I can tell,” Amber said.
“What? You’re a mind reader now?” Emily laughed.
“One of my many talents,” Amber said, dragging Emily out into the lobby.
“You know I can walk, right?” Emily said.
“Not with that attitude. You and Jasper do the same thing when you’re scared or nervous. Both of you act like zombies. You should’ve seen when he went out with Ronda for the first time. I had to drag him out of his apartment,” Amber laughed. “Or the time he had to go to the doctor cause he hurt himself trying to do some stupid skateboard trick. I thought I was best friends with a baby for a second.”
Ben laughed but played it off as a cough.
“I heard that,” Amber said.
“No, you did,” Ben said, opening the front door. Just as they stepped outside, a black SUV pulled up in front of them.
“Benjermin Elliot Jones?” The agent asked, rolling down the window. When Ben nodded, the man continued. “I’m Agent Riley. Taylor said, you’re in some ****.
“That sounds like something he’d say,” Ben said, opening the door. “How far is the despatch center?”
“Normally an hour, but I’ve been given orders to get you there via express mail,” Riley said as he pulled out of the parking lot. He zoomed down the road with insane speed. “Should be there in thirty.”
“I like this guy,” Amber said.
“Are you trying to kill us?!” Ben asked.
“No, sir,” Riley said. “Taylor said you like to go fast. He said, and I quote, “Don’t take no for an answer. This is an emergency.”
“I’m going to kill that little punk,” Ben said.
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