"Bears?" Hannah said. "I'll pass."
"Sure, let's go," Will said.
Nate figured Hannah's light colored skirt and low heel shoes really weren't adaptable to a hike. But it would be rude to leave her here while he went off with Will. But, if she really wouldn't mind.
"Maybe we should split up," he suggested. "Will and I can check out the woods while you poke around the house."
"How do you think it will look if I searched through your grandparents' house without you?" Hannah asked.
"Right, suspicious," Nate agreed. "They might think you're looking for something."
"Let's compromise," Will said. "We all check out the woods, but not go exploring. We'll just have a look and save digging around for another time. What do you say?"
"I say no," Hannah said. "You two go tracking around in the woods. I'll stay here and keep your grandparents company."
"That works for me," Will said.
"Are you sure you don't mind?" Nate asked.
"Not at all. William can take pictures with his phone. It'll be just like I was there."
Ten minutes later, Nate and Will reached the pipe crossing. Nate pointed to the curtain of trees where he had met the bear in the prehistoric looking forest. "It's worth seeing, unless you're chicken."
"Yeah? You wish, Goldilocks," Will said. "Let's go."
Entering the woods, Nate puzzled at Hajji's car still parked in the clearing. He turned about, searching the woods, expecting to see the spy walk out a...
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... to your great grand's time and look for clues like notations or anything out of place."
"Alright, but could we move these boxes down to the library or something. I mean, it's kinda hot up here," Nate said.
Will conceded with a nod, then stood, grabbed a box, and headed for the stairs. Nate took an unopened box marked books and followed, but paused when he noticed that something was missing.
The large dusty attic was filled with furniture, picture frames, lamps, trunks, and many other things that five generations of his family had apparently cherished and couldn't discard even after the stuff had outlived its usefulness. But the first time he came up, there had been three bicycles; where now, there were only two.
While the missing bicycle answered one question, it spawned another. How did Hajji hope to reach the Pentagon in time on a second hand bike?
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