Walk Right In
Directed by Michael Caton-Jones
Alice Liddell had been an agent for her entire adult life. She'd been recruited after some interesting experiences during her youth and then sent to Europe to be a student and to learn how to spy. In all she'd been doing this for eleven years, and still someone like Jack Collier scared her. It was an exciting kind of scared, because he was endlessly gentle and kind to her, but he could turn on a dime and be savage to the bad guys and go right back to tenderness for her.
Her eyes flicked and saw the rental car he'd been forced to use because of short notice, then saw him bound of the car and walk towards her. He noticed the look in his eyes and the smoothness of his walk. If he was moving smoothly like that, it meant he was in some sort of hyper-mode where he could notice and remember everything. He touched her cheek with one finger as he approached and then passed her.
"Come on." He said as they walked into the National Security Bureau's Headquarters.
"Jack?" She asked as she followed. "They don't just let anyone come in here."
"Hey Steve!" Jack said waving at one of the guards. "How are Angelice and Damon? They ready for the holiday?"
"They're hoping Santa's back in action in time Jack." Steve said. "I mean it's almost Christmas Eve now."
"I'm working on it, don't you worry." Jack smiled and walked around the metal detectors and waved at another guard. "There is always time, I've learned that. I've got more than twenty-four hours. It's only ten now. Paul! How's Carol?"
They walked past the security station, Jack smiling and nodding at most the people who were there. Alice watched as one person and then another didn't challenge them as they approached a desk where a middle aged woman sat behind a terminal. She looked up and smiled at Jack like an old familiar friend.
"Hi Sonya." He even though his back was turned to her, Alice could hear the warm smile in his voice. "Can you help me real quick?"
"I can try Jack." Sonya said.
Alice's mind raced as her eyes flicked around the room, getting the details about where the exits were, how many guards were watching them, and trying to figure out how he was going to get this nice woman to tell them where they had Ricco.
"Can you tell me where Agent Bauer is?" Jack asked. "Strangely, I seem to need him just now."
"Sure Jack, he's in interrogation room one oh one."
"I know where it is," he slapped the table between them lightly and pointed at her as he left. "Thanks Sonya."
They walked around a corner and when he knew that there was no one watching him, his mode of walking suddenly changed. Gone was the light step and the cheerful demeanor, he was back to stalking again now that there was no one to make suspicious. Alice moved a little faster to walk next to him instead of simply following in his wake.
"Can I ask you something?"
"Sure." He said smiling at her, but not changing the stalking speed.
"How can someone a paranoid and as closed off as you know all these people?"
"Aren't you a spy?" He asked her. "It's merely a matter of letting them do all the talking, people love talking about themselves, you've just got to listen. Then, everyone likes you because you're such a good listener."
"Oh." She said as they started down another hall.
He walked so smoothly and with such purpose that no one looked at him as he went through one door then another. He had a small card in his hand that got them through the security doors too. He walked so much like someone who knew exactly where he was going that no one even looked at him as he walked through the corridors.
"That room with the two armed guards, is that room one oh one?"
"Yup." He said and she looked at him and then at his hand.
"You've got your gun out."
"You're just now noticing that?" He asked and walked up the guards who he noticed were just reserves who should have been home with their kids.
"It's in process sir." One of them said. "Agent Bauer said no one else could enter."
"Oh, okay." Jack said and looked at the other guard and nodded with a smile.
There was a scream from the other side of the door and Jack moved with sudden ferocity. His right hand came up and the butt of the Walther cracked against the left side of the guard he had spoken to. His right foot did something Alice couldn't catch but the guard to his right started to fall over. Jack's hand snapped down and the Walther cuffed him across the back of the head. His left fist then snapped up and hit the first guard in the face again. He then grabbed the same guard and put the barrel of his gun against the young man's face.
"I could have shot you, but I didn't." Jack tried sounding friendly and sympathetic. "That's because this has nothing to do with you. You want to just go home."
He heard another scream and smacked the guard across the head again. The guard fell unconscious and Jack grabbed him by the lapels to lay him out on the floor. Alice watched as he stretched the two men flat on the floor and kicked their rifles away. She then watched as he wadded up their hats and tucked them under each head.
"What are you doing?" She asked.
"I don't want them to wake up any more uncomfortable than necessary." He said standing up. "If I left them in the positions they were in, they'd have terrible pains when they woke up."
"Good lord." She muttered.
"Okay, get ready." He raised his left index finger to his lips in a shushing motion and then lowered it to his side while raising the right hand with its gun. "This is probably going to be nasty