Vitamins, Supplements, Sport Nutrition

CHAPTER 21

The American on Tokugen Numataka’s private line sounded anxious.

“Mr. Numataka‑I only have a moment.”

“Fine. I trust you have both pass‑keys.”

“There will be a small delay,” the American answered.

“Unacceptable,” Numataka hissed. “You said I would have them by the end of today!”

“There is one loose end.”

“Is Tankado dead?”

“Yes,” the voice said. “My man killed Mr. Tankado, but he failed to get the pass‑key. Tankado gave it away before he died. To a tourist.”

“Outrageous!” Numataka bellowed. “Then how can you promise me exclusive—”

“Relax,” the American soothed. “You will have exclusive rights. That is my guarantee. As soon as the missing pass‑key is found, Digital Fortress will be yours.”

“But the pass‑key could be copied!”

“Anyone who has seen the key will be eliminated.”

There was a long silence. Finally Numataka spoke. “Where is the key now?”

“All you need to know is that it will be found.”

“How can you be so certain?”

“Because I am not the only one looking for it. American Intelligence has caught wind of the missing key. For obvious reasons they would like to prevent the release of Digital Fortress. They have sent a man to locate the key. His name is David Becker.”

“How do you know this?”

“That is irrelevant.”

Numataka paused. “And if Mr. Becker locates the key?”

“My man will take it from him.”

“And after that?”

“You needn’t be concerned,” the American said coldly. “When Mr. Becker finds the key, he will be properly rewarded.”