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Standing Together: An Alleyway Intervention
By D.I. Telbat
In a dark alley of Vlore, Albania, Nathan “Eagle Eyes” Isaacson faced the six thugs. They held chains, knives, or metal gloves invented to maim. Backed into the alley, Nathan stood alone in the rain.
This beating would be bad, maybe the worst he’d ever received. But it was a price he was willing to suffer for rescuing a dozen kidnapped African migrants. The Lord had made Nathan aware of the situation when he had overheard one of the young men praying for help.
Because he’d helped the refugees, Nathan caused the Albanian mob to lose thousands in slave labor, and the criminals were stirred up. It didn’t matter that Nathan was part of COIL, the international network of Christian agents. The Albanians had lost money, and that meant Nathan would lose teeth—no matter his connections worldwide.
Nathan wasn’t in Albania to disrupt the migrant smuggling ring, even if he had stepped up and freed those locked in the house. With more time, Nathan could’ve done even more, maybe permanently crippled the organization with arrests and exposure. But he couldn’t stand by when a fellow brother in Christ—or any other person—was suffering. Even if it meant a beating.
As the Albanian mobsters closed on Nathan, four other shadows entered the alley. These new shadows crept against the walls and behind empty wooden crates.
When Nathan, who was taller than the six foes he faced, saw the others behind the mobsters, he held up his hands.
“Stop now, and you can walk away.” But they kept advancing. Nathan stopped backing away. “No one speaks English? So be it.”
A chickadee called from the darkness. There were no forest chickadees active in this neighborhood, but Nathan knew the warning. He crouched, closed his eyes, and covered his ears.
The thugs rushed forward, apparently no longer hesitant about the tall American. But an instant later, two flash-and-bang grenades exploded amongst them, then muffled clicks and thumps mingled with the drizzling rain.
Nathan looked up, then stood upright as the unconscious Albanians crumpled to the ground. The four other shadows emerged with their NL-1 tranquilizer pistols still leveled.
“When you didn’t show at the hotel,” Juan “Scooter” Blanco explained, “we knew you were probably in trouble.”
“A few more minutes, and you would’ve been carrying me out of this alley.” Nathan patted his COIL teammate on the shoulder. They joined the rest of the team around the sleeping thugs. “For a minute there, I thought God might let me get whipped by those guys just to keep my ego in check.”
Scooter tucked his pistol under his coat as they entered the street.
“You say the word, Eagle, and we can go back and wake those guys up. Don’t let us get in God’s way of correcting you!”
The team members chuckled as they dispersed to blend in with other pedestrians, agreeing to meet back at their hotel.
This is David Telbat. When I first wrote my action-adventure novel, Dark Liaison, A Christian Suspense Novel, it started out with one man, Corban Dowler, against the world. The first chapters exposed only Corban as this elite spy. Later, I realized that it wasn’t only Corban who made his network unique. It included many special men and women with their own God-given gifts. They were willing to stand together for a single purpose. And that makes for a grand result, as well as a great story.
And we all know the effects of many standing together instead of one alone. I hope you enjoyed this sample story with some of the same characters from The COIL Series.
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