Jeric Tan?" A middle-aged guy in suit approached us as we walked
through the airport.
"Yes," Cliff said while giving his luggage to the guy. "Thank you."
Kasunod naman ng escort niya ay ang sarili naming escorts ni Jett. Of course, the three of us acted like we don't know each other, although we're going to stay in the same hotel. Nagpunta kami sa kanya-kanya naming sundo at sumakay sa kotse na dala nila. Nung nasa loob na ako ng car ay agad kong kinuha ang phone ko at binuksan ang GPS system. Our voice changer devices have trackers attached to it so that we can easily locate each other.
Nung nakarating kami sa hotel, bumaba agad ako sa kotse at binuhat ng escort ang mga gamit ko. Dumiretso ako sa lobby at binigay sa akin ang susi ng kwarto ko. Pagdating ko doon ay agad akong humiga sa kama.
‘Hey. You guys. Shall we start?’ I said since I know that my room is between them.
‘Not yet,’ Jett replied. Napabangon naman ako bigla.
Nakarinig ako ng kaluskos sa veranda kaya lumapit ako doon.
“Because someone from the Nox might be inside this hotel,” sabi ni Cliff na pumasok sa kwarto ko gamit ang veranda sa labas. He already removed his disguise and he’s carrying his laptop along with his knife.
“How did you know?”
“Jett spotted their trademark.”
I shuddered when I heard that. Nox Organization is shrouded in mystery and almost all Intelligence Agencies are after them because of the crimes they committed behind the shadows. However, everyone of them failed to gather enough information and the only detail they have collected is about their trademark—a black sun tattoo.
“Where did you see him?”
“Lobby. He’s at the waiting area,” sabi ni Cliff nung nakaupo na siya sa kama ko at binuksan niya ang laptop niya.
“Where’s his tattoo?”
“Nape area. His hair is kinda long but Jett managed to see it for a while. Should we observe them or are we going to that coffee shop?”
It has been a long time since I felt so uncertain. I need to go to that coffee shop to find some lead about Nigel Grand but the presence of a Nox member in this hotel might also give me valuable information about their organization. Then I realized that seeing a Nox member is a rare sight so I think we need to prioritize him.
“We’re going to stay in this hotel and observe his movements,” I said while getting my laptop.
Pagkakuha ko ay inopen ko kaagad ang software na binigay ni Naia sa akin para makapagcommunicate kami through dark web, a place where all kinds of secrets in the web like government’s confidential information, criminal works and mysterious and dangerous projects, can be found. Thus, only those with connections and power can navigate this place.
“Naia, can you hear me?” Ginamit ko ang earpiece na binigay niya at narinig ko naman ang pagrespond niya.
“Yes. Is there any problem?”
“You’ve got another work to do.” She was quiet for a few seconds but I know she’s smiling like an idiot right now.
“Give me any information that you can get about Nox Organization and their activities in the Philippines.”
“Nox? You mean the Blacks?” Napakunot naman ang noo ko sa sinabi niya.
“That’s what the other underground members call them since they are always doing their activities behind the shadows and they don’t leave any clues.”
“Noted. I’ll be waiting for your information.”
“Roger. By the way, I finished your previous order. I’m sending it to you right now. Bye—oh, and also, tell Jett to open his goddamn server because I sent his guns’ diagnosis. Bye.”
After that, nareceive ko ang files na sinend ni Naia pero hindi ko muna inopen dahil baka madistract ako kapag binasa ko ang information na nakuha niya about Nigel Grand. Sinarado ko ang laptop ko at tumayo ako sa harapan ni Cliff.
“Cliff, stay here and gather data about this hotel’s guests.”
“Roger,” he replied while opening the hotel’s site and system using his laptop. I smiled. Cliff is Class S’ top hacker, cracker, black and white hat. In short, he’s the best when it comes to computer system and networks.
I heard his voice at my right side so I know that he also used the veranda to enter my room. God. These guys do not know the meaning of privacy. Well, I’ll forgive them for today since we’re in a mission.
“Observe the actions of the guests in this hotel and report any unusual behavior. Stay in the lobby.”
After that, naghiwa-hiwalay na kami. Cliff stayed inside my room while Jett and I roamed around the hotel. He stayed at the lobby and I decided to go to the dining hall, of course, as Sab Rivera. As I entered the room, several people are already eating and chatting with each other but some of them, especially those who are near the doorway, stopped and looked at me.
“Oh. Parang nakita ko na siya before”
“Her? Wow. She’s beautiful.”
“Ah. Isn’t she an actress? The one who acted with Troy Javier.”
“Yung recent movie? Blockbuster daw ‘yun. I think it’s her.”
“What’s her name again?”
“Sab. Sab Rivera.”
Hearing their conversations made me smile a little. Choosing her as my current identity is not that bad. This girl debuted as an actress recently but she’s already known by some. Might be because of her successful movie release.
Naglakad ako papunta sa isang bakanteng table at naupo muna. Naririnig ko pa rin ang usapan ng mga nakapaligid sa akin pero nagulat ako nung biglang may umupo sa tapat ko. A guy with shoulder-length hair, wearing black overall and a piercing gaze. I immediately knew who he is because his presence screams black. This is the Nox member they saw a while ago.
I managed to keep my expression neutral and I stared at him, too. But I was a bit surprised when he started to talk.
“How about some olive?”
I frowned after hearing that because it doesn’t make any sense. I can’t think of any reply that wouldn’t make me suspicious so I just stared at him with a confused expression. He openly expressed his annoyance and he immediately left me. Sinundan ko siya ng tingin at nung nasa doorway na siya ay nakita ko ang black sun tattoo niya sa may batok.
“Wow. Kasali ba siya sa film na gagawin dito ngayon?”
“Maybe. May ibang artista rin daw dito ngayon. Buti nga at nakapagbook kami ng VIP dahil ‘yun lang daw ang pinayagan nilang mag-stay since nireserve ng production staff ang buong hotel.”
“Oh. It’s a relief that we’re also on the VIP list.”
Napailing na lang ako dahil doon sa Nox member pero mas nagfocus ako sa mga narinig ko sa mga taong nakapaligid sa akin. Does that mean maraming actresses dito ngayon? Wait. If that Nox member heard what they’re talking about, he must have also heard that I’m an actress.
Agad naman akong tumayo pero napatigil ako nung nakita ko si Cliff na papasok sa dining hall. Nung nakita niya ako ay naglakad ako papalapit sa kanya habang siya ay tuluyang lumabas sa room. Sinundan ko siya hanggang makarating kami sa isang corner na wala masyadong tao.
“Why? Is there any—”
“Here,” sabay abot niya ng papel sa akin. Pagtingin ko, list pala ‘yun ng mga pangalan.
“Who are they?”
“According to the network, they are actors and they will be here for three days.”
“That guy spoke to me.” Pagkasabi ko nun ay kumunot ang noo niya. “The Nox member. I think he’s after an actress and it’s their way of knowing each other.”
“What did he say?”
“How about some olive? That’s what he said.”
Natahimik kaming dalawa at umalis kami doon dahil may ilang tao nang dumadaan. Pagdating namin sa lobby para puntahan si Jett ay may nagkukumpulang mga tao kaya agad kaming lumapit.
“Someone left a note.” Napatingin ako sa kanan ko at nakita ko si Jett.
“Note?” tanong ni Cliff sa kanya.
“The shoot was halted because of a disturbing note.”
We walked towards the crowd and I managed to get inside. I was pushed towards the front and when I flinched when I saw the note Jett was talking about.
Prepare your coffin because you’re going to die today.
I managed to get out of the crowd. Lumapit ulit ako kina Cliff at Jett.
“Do you think this is his doing?” I asked and they both went silent.
“Someone might die today so we need to be prepared,” Cliff added.
“Guess I’m using my guns today,” sabi naman ni Jett.
After that, we went to our respective rooms and gathered all the things we need. If this is really the work of Nox, the actress he’s going to meet will die. I have no idea what’s going on but we can get information about that organization if we keep close to him.
Nagulat naman ako nung biglang nagblink ang ilaw sa relo ko. That means may message akong natanggap kaya binuksan ko kaagad ang laptop ko. Inopen ko ang software at nakita ko ang bagong files na sinend ni Naia.
A hierarchical organization that does works in secrecy and silence. Their trademark is a black sun tattoo on their body parts. According to some, their system functions like concentric circles. They have four levels and the outer circle does the mundane jobs involving the humdrums. The inner circles are hard to penetrate and the people who saw and witnessed their works ended up dead that’s why there are no information available at the moment. However, they might be the ones responsible for murders and other higher class criminal jobs.
P.S. I don’t know if this is reliable but according to a few sources, their members use shades of dark colors as their codename.
Pagkabasa ko nun ay nakaramdam agad ako ng kaba kaya agad-agad akong nagsearch sa net at mukhang tama nga ang hinala ko dahil sa nabasa ko.
Black olive, a representation of the color of ripe table olives. Also known as olive, which is widely used in Europe.
Now I know what he meant by that question.