A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 196, Sunday
July 15th, 2018
Chapter Seven: Writing
The intelligence operatives stopped visiting Kathy in person, they engaged her by proxy and through handlers.
They did not want to expose themselves to Kathy’s penetrating psychic insight. They took every measure they could to conceal their motives. They only wanted the answers to their questions, they did not want any reflection from Kathy about the projects they were working on, the reasons why they needed their questions asked.
They submitted questions in writing.
They used a long chain of couriers to deliver the contents of their inquiries, and from which to receive their answers. Everyone who came in contact with her was watched.
The multiple degrees of separation proved to be a valuable tool. It eased the fears of the security establishment that Kathy would glean too much information from their agents and analysts if they were exposed to her directly.
Kathy received her assignments. She in turn wrote papers giving details and context, in response to the questions they submitted to her. She deciphered code, sometimes ancient script, offered geopolitical analysis, identified covert agents, pointed out weaknesses in their own security.
Oftentimes she did not answer questions directly, she supported their work by helping them to ask better questions.
This frustrated her handlers at times, but Kathy was not being coy. They often brought questions to her that they already possessed the ability to answer.
Kathy did not want to be responsible for a weakening of the intelligence and security apparatus, she wanted it to excel through her engagement with it.
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