A top secret team were on a mission. We knew the odds were stacked against us and the task would be an epic and difficult one. Times had changed. Things were not what the once were but we had to battle on regardless. An informant placed under much duress had given a kernel of information. Weeks went by where listening devices were installed and conversations were monitored. The ingenuity of it all was outstanding. We felt we would never bring the mission to a close. I certainly did not feel up to the challenge of this epic cache. Progress ground to a halt.
Then one day a little bird discovered something that brought us a step closer to starting this great final part of the trilogy. There was research and more research and a starting point was found. We had the technology but did we have the skillset?
Stage 1: Off we set, and searched the obvious item and found nothing. Hmmmm a restart, another check then a sneaky bit of information was found. It’s very sneakily hidden .We disappeared into the shadows (actually afternoon sunshine) and set off to find stage 2.
Stage 2: There was a VERY VERY long search. Hmmmm. Nothing. We spoke to a double agent. Under duress he confirmed the item we were looking for was no more. ABORT MISSION? Not a chance! Despite intensive waterboarding, and subsequent memory loss and being under threat of death the informant had vague instructions regarding Stage 3. Another agent was contacted and some information was obtained. The mission was not looking good. The search area was massive but 5 agents divided up and looked and looked and looked. Luckily a top secret file with 2 mysterious pieces of kit was found, but without Stage 2 we were at a loss. What were we to do?
The interrogation recommenced on both double agents, they resisted but gave a tiny piece of information but would not reveal where the location was. It could have been anywhere. It was back to the drawing board.
Stage 3. Hours had gone by. ABORT ….ABORT… well hmmmm what if this area matched the hint we thought. Could it be there? The initial instructions implied it could be. One bright agent thought about triangulation. This narrowed down the search area. We went, and spread out looking for the needle in the haystack knowing it would be a chance in a million. We were just about to contact Bill Bradshaw when against the odds a document was found. We all keeled over in total shock.
Cue 5 exhausted agents more of less asleep on the grass while one agent tried to use technology to her advantage. One agent was hours late reporting for duty and feared her cover was blown. Especially as she still had to buy the bread and milk. The against all the odds there was disbelief and delight when the final secret was revealed. A tired and frankly shocked team went to sign the log. Celebrations were had quietly least we reveal and secrets to the enemy or be captured.
While I only got a flavour of the full set of tools needed to solve this cache I can see that it was epic in its construction. I hope that at some stage it is restored to its former glory. Maybe it’s a sign of the times that key pieces of information were missing. Maybe that’s what spys face nowadays. It certainly still was a test of ingenuity, and problem solving. I hope gets a bit of TLC but in the meantime thanks for the adventure.