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SEAN WOODWARD harmless but it was obvious from the way he stood in his office that it was a half-rhetorical question. "I thought we had an agreement Joseph?" Matterton motioned the agents to leave and they did so, closing the door and its one pane of glass and banging blinds behind them. He stood up, walked to the side of his desk and stood before the bookcase. "Do you know what these are? Well I'll tell you. These are the files the Bureau keeps on you Dr Muller. And I have to say you keep some very strange company." "Is that what this is all about? Who my associates are?" "Well, we have to be careful in these times. After all, are you not of German parentage yourself?" "Only on my father's side, as I'm sure you already know." "Yes we do. But some of these people. Samuel Warner for example." "What about him?" "We've been watching him for some time. He has made some rather extravagant claims to our munitions people. Are you aware that he proposed a missile that could fly down streets?" "Well, he's an inventor; surely he is no risk to the bonds?" "It's a worrying indicator you see Dr Muller. I have to question the mind and motivation of someone who numbers such people as friends." "I don't need to convince you of my credentials, surely." "You need to convince me that this country can trust you. I want to know where this money is going." "You know I can't tell you that." "Damnit Henri. This county is suffering one of the worst financial depressions in our history and you want to just walk off with two million from the Reserve?" "Yes. You've seen the Presidential decree." "I want to know, Henri. Or God help-me I'll put a stop to this right now." Henri looked around the cramped office of Agent Joseph Matterton. It looked like the kind of place that would provide a slow decline for Matterton's mental health and sap his marriage of time and affection. He sat down in the chair opposite where Matterton had returned to. He wiped his eyes. "It's for a weapon Joseph. I was with Robert in Los Alamos. He's read the - 83 -

Estronomicon Christmas 2008  

The eZine of fantasy, sci-fi and horror

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The eZine of fantasy, sci-fi and horror

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