ONE OF THOSE DAYS
must find out who Toltec is and retrieve the Belt before he causes any damage.
What I would like to know is how the heck he infiltrated the palace! He could
not have come from the air. We're protected. Everything is protected. Do you
have any ideas, Madison?"
as puzzled as you are. We'll need to do some thorough investigating to figure
this one out."
then the Captain of the Guard walked in. Overhearing Madison and Bronson's
conversation, he informed them of news concerning it.
Randolf, sir, I may have the answer to your questions. An area of the grounds
near the East Garden has collapsed. It appears there is a tunnel leading from
the coast to the base of the palace. However, there are no signs of how the
intruder entered the palace."
see. Thank you, Captain Thatcher. This information is most
are welcome, sir. By your leave."
Captain then bowed and was on his way. Soon Madison and Bronson were at the
sight of the cave-in.
extends all the way to the sea. This is one thing we never thought of,
Madison. We must find some way to prevent from this from happening
get on it right away. So you think you should notify the other Key
I should. I don't know where to get in touch with Iffley, but I am sure I can
get hold of Adena. I'll do that right away."
that, Madison was on his way to the defense analysts to come up with an idea
to prevent future infiltrations from below the ground. Bronson went to the
communications center and was soon in touch with Furanose.
Mr. Bronson Randolf wishes to speak to you."
he is not. He is in contact with our communications center."
is probably wondering about the Belt of Excho."
he is. How did you know?"
intuition. Besides, I have just seen it in Eve's possession."
later she was sitting before the visual monitor in the communications
Randolf, my communications officer informed me that you are calling about the
Belt of Excho."
Enchantress. It has been stolen by a man calling himself "Toltec,"
and I thought I should..."
I'll have you know Toltec has been at a ball in my palace all evening! He did
not steal your Belt!"
the man identified himself as..."
don't care! It was not Toltec!"
apologize. All I know is that is the name which was given to me. Someone may
be trying to put the blame on Toltec. I don't know. All I know is the name
which was given to me, and I was trying to do you a favor by warning you that
someone is stealing Keys. It was brought to my attention that the Tiara was
stolen as well!"
I know. You seem to have done all kinds of 'favors' lately."
am sorry if you are not pleased with the reconstruction of Furanose, but it
cannot be changed now."
as the old saying goes, 'c'est la vie'."
apologize for flying off the handle. Please just don't cut me off
All I would like to know is if Toltec is not doing this, do you have any idea
who is? Richard possibly?"
I don't think so. Tonight I caught Eve with my crown. She says she got it from
Iffley, who was trying to steal it. She also had on the Belt."
what? How did she get it? It was definitely a man that took the
was getting to that. Iffley left the party for a period of time, about the
time the Belt disappeared I would guess. He also does not care for Toltec too
much and he has been acting strange lately."
it could have been Iffley. That would explain the mysterious entry. I thank
you for your help, Enchantress. I do hope we can get get on better terms than
we are at present. I do not cherish the thought of another enemy and me
without a Key."
see. Adieu, Mr. Randolf."
had silently entered the room during Bronson's conversation.
I have good news."
is it, Madison?"
defense analysts say that a system for prevention of underground intrusion is
very feasible. They will get to work on plans right away."
you, Madison. It has been a long day. I think I'll be going to bed. Do not let
me sleep past 10:00 tomorrow. I have things to take care of tomorrow but I
must get some rest."
that, Bronson proceeded to bed. He could not sleep, however. The week's
events, plans for defense, the movie, and only the Lord-knows-what-else passed
through his mind as he lay there. This had surely been a week to forget.
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