April 22, 2097. Commerce tower, Knightborn, Qoter.
Light April rain spattered on director Martin's window as he sat in his office, deep in conversation with GI intelligence on the comlink...
"Uh huh. Yeah. A counterfeiter, you say? I see. And no matches in the database? Hmmm, try 062, he just came in...Hasn't been entered yet. Yes. Will do sir. You too."
After a quick check of his computer screen he turned on the comlink again..
"Yes, put me through to Fort Yudon please...extension 374. Thanks.... Hey Frank, it's Martin from the marshal office. I gotta borrow a prisoner for an upcoming covert operation. No, I don't know the code name. 062 seems like a good match. Okay, thanks."
The Watcher sat on his bunk, contemplating the unfortunate turn of events that had landed him behind shock bars, surrounded by the hopeless gray walls of Fort Yudon's military prison. could be worse... he thought, remembering that the Red hand smuggler with him had been sent to Bush supermax.
Noise outside his cell jolted him back to reality. A pair of guards opened the cell. "You're wanted in the interview room" one of them said, gesturing with his power stunner for the Watcher to follow...
Inside the interview room he found the usual steel chairs and table, as well as a prison officer and a power stunner armed Guardbot. He sat down and the officer began to explain the situation...
"Obviously you're here on desertion charges, 062, and that's not something to be taken lightly. But since you've got a clean history otherwise and no violent crimes that we know of, you're going to get a chance to reduce your sentence."
"Oh yeah? Let's here it."
"Galactic marshals need an undercover man for an upcoming mission. You're a good match for the job given your previous GI training and experience. What do you say?"
"Sure, I'm in." He said, wondering whether it was worth the risk...
"Yeah, I'm in." He said decisively...
Trina quietly entered director Martin's office and approached his somewhat cluttered desk. "You asked to see me, sir?"
"Yes. There's another sting coming up, to nab a counterfeiter. That deserter, the one with the Red Hand you got the other day will be an undercover man. You were going to lead it, but now you've got some history with him. If you want I'll assign somebody else, but this one is right up your alley. It's up to you. And I should mention, another option is the Tiberius Bently investigation. Still working on that one..."
She thought for a moment and then replied "I'll take it the sting, sir. Have you found out the codename?"
"Just a little while ago", he said. "Jagged Dawn."