In Chapter Twelve: Parker poses as a servant while providing security at a very important gathering for a friend.

Am I reading too much into a simple dinner and walk, Robert? I hope not. Because — after the last year, I really need some time as “just Corey” again.

Did you get my postcards? I hope so. I hope this letter doesn’t come as a complete bolt out of the wild blue yonder. I had fun choosing them and imagining your reaction to them. Or did you just crumple them up and throw them away?

I’m rambling, aren’t I? I’m sorry, Robert. It has been one hell of a month, and its not over yet. Maybe I will be able to tell you about it some day, but not now. Intel habits die really hard. Perhaps when I can get back we can take a day to walk, and talk, and just get to know each other. Although I feel I already know you — well enough to trust you. But time will tell.

I have arranged with a friend of mine to forward letters to me. Put them in a plain envelope, please, with my name penciled on the outside, and send the envelope to:

Linda Whittaker

The Larches

Ashdown, Kent

and she will take care of forwarding them on to me.

As I said, Intel habits die really hard.




Remind me to tell you about how my great-grandmother met my great-grandfather. And the row it caused when they announced their engagement. They met under a similar situation while she was working on a case with my great-great-grandparents. Except the roles were reversed and it was Great-grandpa that needed the friend. I just took my cue from their example and did what I thought was right.

This doesn’t mean of course that I don’t want to see you again. When I’m not busy with other things I think back on that night at Uxbridge as well. I’m hoping to continue where we left off if it is at all possible. But being your friend seems more prudent if that is all you need.

And yes I did get your postcards. Thank you for those.

I’m glad I finally have a way to return replies to you now.

And as you see I’m following your request to the letter. And yes I do understand how Intel life can be.




You follow orders well. Keep that up and you will have a great career in the military.

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