(This is my 1st entry into the FAN universe, and I hope you all like it.
It's intended to mostly self-contained because I don't know how I'd link
it up with any of the other threads going. Lately I'd been wondering whether
there was anything resembling the OTL US militia groups in FAN/FWOAN TL,
and I considered that the CNA exiles to Jefferson tended to mostly come from
the South, because it's a shorter trip. Enjoy...)
July 9, 1972 (1)
Mexico City, War Department
Alexander Winston sat in his office. It was a medium sized office, befitting
a medium-level functionary with some decision-making influence in military
intelligence. His visitor came in. Winston rose to shake hands with him.
"You wanted to see me, sir?" asked one of the agents that reported to him.
The man's name, although few knew it, was Harold Pickett. Both men were
"Yes, on a matter that concerns us both personally as well as our nation.
I understand you are in the Birthright Foundation?"
"Why yes, I am." The Foundation was made up mostly of ANglos who hated the
CNA for simply existing. They traced their family trees back to the original
settlers of Jefferson; and still felt irked at the failure of the Rebellion.
Birthrighters felt that America was their homeland, which should be rightfully
independent of the United Empire; they all hoped to reclaim that birthright
someday. Both men knew it to be against high odds, though (something they
never voiced at Foundation meetings).
"Would it surprise you to learn that there are some, but not many really,
in the CNA who feel the same way?"
"It would stun me, sir. I always believed the CNA had loyalty from all its
citizens, except the ones spying for someone."
"Well, if you recall your history, many of the Anglos who founded Jefferson,
and later the USM, came from the southern colonies. That is because it's
mucho (2) easier in those days to go from Georgia or North Carolina, say,
to Jefferson than form New England. So many who sided with the rebels and
hated the compromise in the North stayed behind. The hatred has died down
as their descendants realized the CNA was going to work. But it is still
there in small numbers. I have made discreet contacts with some individuals
in one of these groups. We are going to secretly fund them; they can arm
and supply themselves discreetly. And they will be in a position to act
as valuable couriers for agents we have in place at some CNA labs."
"If I don't need to know, sir-"
"Oh, but you do because you will be giving them their missions. One lab
is in Burlington, New York. The Other is in their own city of Black Rock,
at the other end of New York. We already have systems in place to get the
Burlington information to Black Rock. They must simply get it to you as
their contact with us."
"I see. When do I leave?"
"Tonight. You are to take a cruise to Europe and go by rented Loke to Germany
under your standard Lopez cover. There you'll switch to this identity, a
German ex-sergeant named Schultz, and head to the CNA. Your contact information
is in the envelope with your travel papers. If you are captured, either
as Lopez or Schultz, you know nothing, of course."
"Of course, sir."
"Good luck, Harold."
"Thank you, sir."
Next: Harold meets his contact. A little background on Black Rock. Harold
has trouble finding something to eat.
1. I know this is a little behind when everyone else is, but I really wanted
something to happen on my birthday.
2. Both men, being Anglos, are using English. However, it's the Mexican
version which finds Spanish words occasionally creeping in.
(Piglet): "Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?"
"Supposing it didn't," said Pooh after careful thought.
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