After dinner, Phil, Barbara, Karl and Anita made their way to Sasha and Mariel’s cabin. The evening’s briefing was well under way. The four teenagers’ words tumbled over each other making the adults wonder how they could possibly be communicating. Stepping quietly through the door, Phil took advantage of their temporary invisibility to take in the scene as his baby girl demonstrated her burgeoning leadership qualities.
“Ok, so here’s what we have so far” Sasha made order of the seeming chaos before she noticed the parents standing at the door. “Make yourselves comfortable. We’ve just started going over today’s data.”
The adults crossed the room, taking the folding chairs set up between the cots.
“We have all three energy signatures now, plus a few who seem to be aides or something, but are strong enough they must be around a lot, if not all the time. We’ve determined Colonel Fitzhugh’s location from the trail Hightower left when he blew up Council Headquarters.”
Barbara couldn’t help interrupting. “That’s an amazing day’s work, everyone!”
Eyes shining and face slightly flushed, Sasha continued. “So, we’ve pretty much gone as far as we can without some help.”
Following Sasha’s train of thought, Phil picked up where she left off and began laying out the next phase.
“We need to get Fitzhugh’s location to the Guardians as soon as possible. Where did you find him?”
“Practically under our noses.” Sasha replied grimly. He’s a mile or so beneath the surface of the mine where you were being held, safely away from the blast that destroyed the upper levels.”
Not entirely surprised they’d practically been sitting on top of Hightower’s lair, Phil shook off the irritation over missing what should have been obvious.
“I’ll contact the Guardians and put the task of neutralizing Fitzhugh in their hands. They’ve already been watching Watson, since he’s pretty visible most of the time. We know they’ve been in contact with each other since the blast, though their security is pretty solid so we haven’t been able to breach it…yet.”
“Is there anything else we can do to help?” Kyra asked.
“Absolutely.” Phil realized that no matter what, the kids would continue to surprise him by being at least a jump or two ahead. “In fact, there are a couple of things you can do. First, Sasha, Mariel and their team c...