Agents of HOST

Session Two
Cook books and weddings

Williams, Luchenko, and Kade (using FBI aliases) were left in the reception area, in Fort Detrick, having successfully inserted their colleague, Mellor, within the interior of the facility. With no further business (per their cover story) to pursue, the three of them left and returned to their car, outside. Williams was reluctant to leave Mellor completely without back-up, but all agreed that they had raised some suspicion with their visit and remaining on the base any longer would only increase that suspicion.

Williams texted Mellor to ask if he required anything further from the three of them, and received the reply, ‘Groovy.’ Taking this to be his peculiar way of saying he was fine, Williams, Luchenko, and Kade withdrew from the base, drove to Washington DC, and swapped to a back-up car, using a multi-story car-park (on the basis that they were likely being followed).

Mellor got in touch by text the next day, and it was agreed that since it was likely he would come under extreme scrutiny as a result of the action on the base, communications between him and the rest of the group were to be conducted via the cover of personal exercise sessions with William’s cover, the American model Sian Cariou. The precautions were proven worthwhile, as Mellor’s home was turned over by the FBI within a day.

Mellor revealed to Williams that he had obtained the Cook Book (a massive stack of folders and files, plus a hard-drive) but had not been able to remove them from the base, having been forced to bury them, in a hold-all, instead. The group developed a plan that Mellor would start teaching Paracise classes (in his role as a fitness instructor on the base) so that he could be seen with a heavy hold-all on his back without arousing suspicion. Once this was established, the group arranged to physically extract the hold-all, covered by a temporary surveillance blank-out engineered by Luchenko. The Cook Book files were subsequently scanned and transmitted, the originals destroyed, and the hard-drive fedexed to HOST.

Tying up the details of their covers, Delta 14 then made their way separately back to Hong Kong. The rest of February was quiet, with no mention made of the Cook Book.

On the 27th, all of Delta 14 had coincidentally been invited to a wedding.

Michelle Chang and Sergei Dragunov, two childhood friends of Williams, were getting married in Hong Kong. Chang is an operative in China’s CSS organisation and Dragunov a major in the Russian Spetznaz. Kade had been invited as William’s plus one; Mellor as Angela Wong Mei Wah‘s plus one; Luchenko had been a colleague of Dragunov’s, in the Spetznaz, and was also acquainted with his father, Dmitry. It was also revealed that it was William’s thirtieth birthday; she received gifts from Kade and Luchenko.

The wedding was a mixture of Chinese, Native American, and Russian traditions, with gifts of money being given to the bride in traditional red envelopes.

Also present at the wedding were:

The Phoenix’s: Paul Phoenix (a CIA section chief; there was clearly some friction between him and Williams) and James Phoenix (a former Deputy director of the CIA).

The Calderons: Javier Calderon (William’s godfather),Franceso ‘Cesc’ Calderon, and Antonio Calderon. Williams had a friendly, flirty relationship with the sons; Kade had met them before, while stationed in Madrid in 2006.

The Mishima’s: Heihachi Mishima,Kazuya Mishima, and Jin Mishima. The group witnessed the Mishima’s formally present a beautiful katana to Williams, engraved in Japanese along the blade.

The Irvins: Gregory Irvin (William’s Muay Thai instructor) and Bruce Irvin.

The Kurmanns: Oliver, Anneberth, and Andreas.

The Changs: Wu Yeo Chang (father of the bride and William’s Kung Fu sifu), Jennifer Rainbird (mother of the bride) and Michelle Chang (sister of the bride).

The Admoni’s: Nahum, Hila, and Naama Admoni. There were subtle signs of a romantic relationship between Naama and Nina.

The Fox’s: Ben Fox, Steve Fox, and Anna Fox (nee Williams) (William’s sister).

There was a great deal of security at the wedding, presumably due to the presence of many current and former high-ranking intelligence service agents and operatives.

Various photographs are taken during the day and at one point, one is composed of Paul Phoenix, Nina Williams, Anna Fox, Steve Fox, Julia Chang, Michelle Chang, Sergei Dragunov, Andreas Kurmann, Anneberth Kurmann, Kazuya Mishima, Jin Mishima, Bruce Irvin, Naama Admoni, Hila Admoni, Cesc Calderon, and Antonio Calderon (all childhood friends). Curiously, Kade and Luchenko were asked to join the group for the photo.

Mellor was apparently acquainted with some of the Russian guests and was seen exchanging contentious words with them, at one point.

Noticing some activity in the security personnel, Williams intuited that there might be a situation developing. Alerting the rest of Delta 14, she (and Naama Admoni) followed them outside, where they were seen dragging a man out of a car. Suspecting a decoy, the group returned rapidly to the wedding, where Luchenko and Mellor noted a suspicious change in the waiters. Faking a stumble, Luchenko tackled one of the men and caused him to spill his serving tray, revealing a MK5 assault rifle.

This led to a short, brutal encounter between Delta 14 (with Naama Admoni) and twelve armed terrorists in the corridor outside the wedding room. The good guys were victorious and suffered no casualties, although Kade was knocked down by gunfire.

The Cookbook
Infiltrate, annoy, steal.

Objective: Retrieve “The Cookbook” from Fort Detrick in Virginia

Secondary Objective: Avoid discovery of our acquisition

Backup Objective: Destroy “The Cookbook”

Strategy: (Determined after two weeks of intelligence gathering in the area). Using FBI ID, gain access to Detrick and convince John Hopler (NSA) to arrange access to the USAMRIID facility we were interested in and contact with Jay Larson (who runs it).

Tommy Mellor to remain out of sight while rest of team elicits information to locate The Cookbook and keeps staff occupied.

Results: FBI credentials gained very low level access. Cover identities with more authority may have reduced red tape and sped up the mission.

Hopler convinced and provided us with access.

However, we were fobbed off with a low level functionary. After gaining some basic information about the structure of the operation from him, Williams convinced him that the situation deserved the attention of a superior.

Jay Larson was less helpful. Efforts to gain access to secure areas raised his suspicions. Hinting of knowledge of the Cookbook did raise some alarms with him. We expect to be tailed when we leave (counter strategy to be determined).

Mellor followed Larson back to his office where he made two phone calls. One arranging for us to be monitored and one that indicated that part of The Cookbook was in use at “Facility 12” in Michigan.

Current expectations are that he will check up on the status of The Cookbook providing Mellor with an opportunity to access it.

The rest of the team is currently enjoying Larson’s hospitality with a couple of babysitters. We will be avoiding raising further suspicion until such a time as Mellor completes his part in this mission or requires assistance.

Additions – N Williams:

My initial assessment was that this mission was next-to-impossible; what has facilitated it is the extra-ordinary resources HOST appears able to bring to bear. Three solid FBI aliases that (apparently) pass muster even when checked internally by the US authorities.

HOST has also been able to change the biometric details that the Americans have on record for me. WTF! Just what level of money and influence is behind HOST?!?!?

Marcus ommitted details of the covers we used during our observation / research phase in situ in Maryland: mine Sian Cariou (American model); he Mike Johnston (?), my manager; Tommy ‘Biff’ (British personal trainer); Dimitri ‘Dimitri’ (chemistry teacher). Frankly, as covers go, lounging around in sauna’s and getting my nails done is one of the better ones.

Note – we need to start thinking about potential ‘tits up’ outcomes. It remains possible that our cover will be blown by the suspicious Larson and we could end up with a fight on our hands. Our chances of surviving that would clearly be low; the only option I can see is to run a bluff – claim to have left a significant explosive charge somewhere in the building, which is linked to one of our mobile phones. Let us go or we blow it – do you want to take the risk of what might then be released into the cool Maryland air….?

Unlikely to be successful, but might be worth a go if we end up with our backs against the wall.

Hopefully it won’t come to that!

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