This Is War
Reconnaissance Report 001
LOCATION: Long -122.62943 Lat 45.51087
ACTIVITY: Reconnoiter terrain surrounding target, assess risks, hazards, options, and target’s readiness to engage, and then return to base and report.
Target has returned once again to home location, old neighborhood laid out on a standard grid, narrow sidewalks, and uneven flat terrain with old trees that partially shelter this observer from continual precipitation. Despite many open sightlines and opportunities afforded by the terrain to make contact with this observer, target remained preoccupied with the conversation she was maintaining on her cell phone, possibly the subject, as well as the Starbucks order she is holding while trying to get her keys and watching the sidewalk and her grey suede boots to avoid stepping in any puddles. Target entered the house at about 1835hrs, lights have turned on and she has failed to appear since that time.
She appears to be in for the night.
Neighborhood is quiet. Got a few curious looks, but the realtor’s sticker in this observer’s vehicle window seems to provide adequate comfort. No contact was observed between target and neighbors, despite opportunities, and no interest or knowledge of target was demonstrated by the neighbors encountered.
The house is a small, white, single story bungalow with a carport on the south side, shielded by a hedge and recessed from the street. Garbage cans are along south wall, next to carport, out of view of windows. Back door next to carport is shielded from the street.
ASSESSMENT: Difficulty should be minimal. Target does not demonstrate awareness of environment or strong community resources. Mission Make Ryan Mine is go.
Reconnaissance Report 002 Operative/Subject Engagement
ACTIVITY: Contact subject via cell, plant beginning of division between subject and target.
Operative contacted subject at 1950hrs, on the pretext of
casual conversation. Informed subject that operative was on the way to a date
downtown, though ambivalent about prospects. Operative then mentioned
ASSESSMENT: Activity successful, but pace of events is outstripping expectations. Operative must move fast or the bitch will get him.
Reconnaissance Report 003
ACTIVITY: Contact target via cell phone to gain entry into house before arrival of subject at 1930hrs.
ASSETS: 1) Coat unknown to both subject and target, acquired at a thrift store for $8.00; 2) target’s iPod, acquired from her desk while she was in the ladies’ room; 3) condoms, acquired at drugstore, 4) drug paraphernalia, acquired from operatives college stuff in storage.
Operative contacted target via cell phone at 1815hrs. Operative conveyed to target that she’d found her iPod in the bathroom, and wanted her to know it was safe. Skank thanked operative. Operative mentions she is on her way to the Baghdad to watch a movie, and asks where Skank lives, saying she might be able to drop it off. Skank recognizes that operative’s alleged location is close, and promptly gives directions to house, inviting operative to come in.
Operative pulls into driveway with all but first asset on person, and rings front doorbell. Skank thanks operative for returning iPod then tries to shoo operative out the door. Operative pretends to have to pee, and whore shows her to the bathroom. Operative pees, and makes sure to leave a wet, unrolled condom in the trash, right on top. After exiting slut’s house, operative removes trash lid, sets it on the ground as if it had fallen, and lays coke vial and broken pipe on top of bags.
Operative left house at approximately 1845hrs, drove two blocks south and one east and parked. After donning asset one and pulling hood over, operative walked back down the street, carrying RMLS flyers, to resume reconnaissance.
ASSESSMENT: Activity will meet success.
ADDENDUM: At approximately 1903hrs, subject arrived, pulling into driveway. Operative observed subject pass trash can, but fail to look inside. Subject entered slut’s house. Twenty minutes pass. Operative walked up and down the block, got wet, got cold, almost cried. At 1926hrs, subject was seen exiting swiftly out of Maggie’s back door. Ryan saw the coke vial this time, on his way to his car. He did an actual double-take, then practically leapt into his car and drove off. I waited another five minutes, then dashed across the street, retrieved the paraphernalia, closed the trash can and bolted down the block till I was out of sight. Success. Time to begin phase two of Mission: Bag Ryan.
NOTE: Remember that paraphernalia’s ultimate destination is in trash at work, sans fingerprints. Remember to send memo expressing concern over Maggie’s erratic behavior. Can’t have her around to put two and two together, once Ryan’s mine.
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