Chapter Twenty-Six: Royce Returns to Headquarters
Royce arrived at Gestapo HQ an hour later. The black van he drove came to a stop near the front entrance, as soon as the vehicle parked on the side of the street, Royce noticed that Hill was waiting outside. Behind him where around ten men in black uniforms all who where heavily armed. Royce emerged from the van and started to walk towards the front doors. When Hill saw him approach, he grinned at Royce who then approached his superior.
Royce asked, "is something going on sir?"
Hill still grinned and he said, "Edmond, I know you stole my access card."
Royce replied, "I was curious. I just wanted to know more about Operation Rebirth sir."
Hill then stopped grinning. "I thought you may say something like that, so I had someone of our people examine your computer. I know you changed the address the of the that acquittance of your foster brother."
Royce would have tried to lie, but he knew he had been discovered. He just looked blankly at Hill and said, "I guess this means I won't be your successor now sir."
Hill laughed. "Well Edmond, even though I'm going to kill you, you still have a sense of humor." He turned to the men behind him and ordered, "take him to the holding cells, you know which one."
Several of Hill's men then went to Royce and placed shackles on him as he said nothing. They started to lead him away when Hill spoke up.
"Edmond, you are about to find out what happens to those of our profession who betray our confidence. Your fellow agents will spend the next few days beating you to the verge of death, get you to tell us who you told. I think you spilled your guts to the terrorists out of some misplaced sense of what is right. We'll find out. Even if they win, it will just mean the death of over six billion people. Had you not betrayed me, you would have survived."
Royce then flatly said, "I would rather die down here with everyone else that hide up on the base with you sir."
"A sorry thing," Hill told him, "some misplaced sense of ethics. We'll find out everything then kill you. You won nothing. And Edmond, two gestapo agents are going to show up at your parents home tonight with orders to detain them; they will never be heard from again. And don't blame me, this is all your fault. Now, get the hell out of my sight."
Royce then spit in his Hill's face then said, " consider that might resignation sir."
Hill then wiped the spittle away from his face and frowned. "Well Edmond, like to see that you did not beg for your life. Now, get ready for the worst few days of your short life."
Then the agents led Royce inside as Hill followed.