I found a note under my door this morning, “You must leave hotel now. AU seized arms shipment. N.”
It must have come from Nasreen. I have no idea how she found me but I knew enough to take her warning seriously. I didn’t know why I had to leave, but I started packing fast. As I did, I tried to piece it all together.
The African Union (AU) had seized an arms shipment yesterday. That’s the type of work they’ve been doing for the past 2 weeks. What made this seizure different? Unless they found the Chinese shipment. That had to be it. But how did they find it?
And a chill started running through me as I put everything together. Few people knew about the Chinese shipment apart from the APR, the UFLL and some independent mercs. That is until I posted my story.
The AU must have learned of the shipment from my blog. Now my hands were starting to shake.
I grabbed everything I could, leaving behind all my petrol, extra water and supplies too heavy to lug down in a single trip. I threw everything into a beat-up Datsun I’d purchased a week earlier. I fired up the engine and was about to roar off when a gun-mounted rover rumbled down the street towards me. I was too late.
The rover pulled in front of the Datsun, its horn blasting. Inside, I could see a couple mercs staring at me impatiently. I raised my hands slowly but this made the driver blast the horn more incessantly. He shouted, “Move…move!”
I glanced behind me and realized my car was blocking an alleyway they were trying to reach. I scrambled to move the car and of course I stalled it. I fired it up again and roared into reverse to clear the way. They barrelled past me without a second glance. And I was in the clear.
I could barely believe it. I was certain that was it for me. I drove off, leaving the Evelyn for good. That hotel had been good to me for these last two months. Hopefully the supplies left behind will compensate for any outstanding bills I have.
I headed out of town not sure where I was going, but one thing is clear now. I need to work more covertly. People are watching me. This is the second close call in less than a week. And I need to be careful what I write here.
So as I write this, I’ve found a place to stay, but I’m going to keep that to myself. Suffice to say I’m safe for the moment.