Before the conversation could proceed further, ICABOD interjected, “I took the liberty of contacting Miss Julie. She will be dialing into this meeting shortly to provide her perspective on this matter.”
A few moments later ICABOD routed Julie’s call into the meeting room conference phone.
Julie greeted, “Hi, all. Apologies for not invoking the video portion for the call, but I’m still a little, um…rough looking from my abduction. It will all heal soon, but, well, you know how vain females can be.
“ICABOD provided only sparse details for me, other than it was most urgent that I attend, if at all possible. What is up?”
Otto began, “Julie, this is one of those situations where we don’t know what we don’t know. Andy and Su Lin were apparently wounded during a break-in event at their farm. It sounds as if there is possibly some involvement somewhere from an old adversary, Colonel Guano. No luck yet locating him, though we are checking
all avenues in and out of Georgia.
“Jacob received the call and feels a moral obligation to be on site. Petra has voiced her objection. EZ is unaware of the situation currently but will undoubtedly insist on being there to care for her father once she finds out. Quip will not let her leave without him, but until EZ is told that is an unknown.
“Wolfgang and I are being pulled into a new issue of focus arising from a breach in security at the World Bank, for which Interpol called a short time ago requesting our help. We still need to brief Quip, Petra, and Jacob further on this issue, but Su Lin was the initial topic.
“I hesitate to ask you to go to Georgia yourself, based on your ordeal with those Muslim extremists. Possibly one of your team could be used to insure Andy and Su Lin are safe when they leave the hospital. That’s all I’ve got at this point. I would like your thoughts, realizing this is a lot to digest on such short notice.”
Julie chuckled and responded, “Well, Otto, you certainly netted out THAT situation quickly.”
Jacob then added, “Julie, Su Lin was quite rattled when I spoke with her, which is why she probably started with me. My thinking is that she will want some level of comfort with the person or people we dispatch to see what is going on.
“We all know historically when things go wrong for Su Lin, she seems to always need a fully armed extraction team to get her out. In her life, there are no small troubles.”
Julie sighed and agreed, “Boy, you got that right! I thought we had her stashed after getting her out of that dungeon, but then she …oh, never mind!
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