The Hiding Place

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By the time Nate returned to the ridge, the agents had gone. He stayed low as he slipped down the cliff and crossed the road into the woods. The agents had left Hajji's car. But Nate hadn't seen them leave, so he couldn't be sure they weren't camouflaged and hiding in the wood. He didn't think so because there was no reason to keep watch, the car's movement could still be tracked through the GPS. But no way had they given up that easy. They probably had people at key points and lots more would probably be coming soon. It occurred to him that they might already have searched the house. Nate turned and headed for the farm. He eyed the back porch wearily as he approach, wondering if an agent was inside. He entered through the kitchen and…show more content…
We been pulling into gas stations and calling. Why haven't you answered the phone?" "Sorry, I went for a walk." "Well, it doesn't matter. We're on our way home, but with these security checks, it might take awhile." "Okay, Grandma. Can I do anything?" "Lock the doors, dear. I'm afraid they think one of those Taliban terrorist is somewhere in the area." "Okay. I will." "We'll see you soon, dear." "Bye, Grandma." Nate decided the doors needed locking, but not because of Hajji. He didn't want the doors open to agents. He went to the foyer and locked the front door and headed for the back. He turned the deadbolt on the backdoor just as he spotted a shape moving in the tall hedges beyond the yard. Were agents really hiding in the bushes? Nate double checked the lock then pulled down the shade that topped the two-foot pane of the ranch door. He walked to the window behind the table and let down the shade there too. He headed for the dining room to close the drapes when someone rattled the doorknob. The rattling was followed by a light tapping. Nate stared at the door. Were agents testing it as a security measure or something? Had that tap been a knock? He walked to the door but didn't open it. He stood to the side and lifted the edge of the shade just enough to peep out. What the!!! He hurriedly unlocked the door and opened it only wide enough to let in the man too thin, as his

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