Becker pulled the headphones over his ears and settled down in front of the tablet. Seconds later, the music of AC/DC ("A Long Way to the Top") pounded his ears as Becker shut out the world and clicked away at the keyboard. Tonight, there would be no distractions. His wife had turned in early; their son, Lucas, was down the hall, also asleep; and the dog was curled up on the floor in front of the couch. Becker was going to finish his manifesto. "Rock 'n' Roll Singer" blasted through the phones next, followed by "The Jack," and Becker hit his stride, the words flowing from his fingers to the screen. He glanced up once at the dry-ease board, his notes transferred just this morning to keep him focused for tonight's work, but then pressed on in a fevered pace.
Ten minutes later, as Bon Scott screamed that he was public enemy number one, Becker hit the final period on the keyboard. He leaned back and smiled. This was the big finale, the coup de grâce, the summary to topple all summaries. By the time the reader reached this point in the book, all things would be clear, and his manuscript would rock the world, exposing the administration for the truth they tried to hide.
The only thing he needed now was an audience to applaud his achievement. Becker looked over to the couch, where the dog still lay curled up.
Oh well, he thought. The accolades would come later.
In Washington, Special Agent Clay Anders took a sip of his water and then screwed the cap back on the bottle. The trojan program buried in the app had worked beautifully. Even the camera built into Becker Hayward's tablet had been turned on, giving Clay a ringside seat to watch all the facial expressions. The idiot, Clay could see, actually thought the world of himself. They always did.
Clay grabbed the mouse and clicked on his secure e-mail. A pop-up window filled the screen, and Clay started to type his own work of art. Contrary to Becker in Dallas, however, Clay's work really would change the world.
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2014 9:16 PM
Subject: Termination Service Request - Acct #153224017
Terminate all services connected with this account at 5601 E. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, Texas. Secure company assets. Confirm.
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2014 3:22 AM
Subject: FW: Termination Service Request - Acct #153224017
Confirm. Account verified. Assets secured. All related services terminated.