6:30 PM local time.
The city ran like clockwork. One of the most unpleasant places to live in Edofasia was also one of the most predictable. The second shift workers heading into the mines or various affiliated jobs as the exhausted first shift shuffled onto trains or buses home. Only a few owned their own cars here. Partly because public transportation was sufficientand partly because the Party frowned upon non rural workers owing cars. The only real place of enjoyment around was one of the several pubs around the city. TVs played games of hockey and football while patrons drowned their aches in booze. But one seat in a nameless pub sat empty. And this was noticed.
Diels was true to his word. At exactly the moment his alloted time ran out. Northlanes door was kicked in by local police. They found the place ransacked. A quick investigation of the house turned up no Northlane and more importantly. No item matching the description their Commissar had drilled into their heads. The call was brief. He answered on the first ring. The officer swallowed before saying "Doctor. He's gone. No sign of break in. The place is trashed. He took it with him..." he was cut off by static immediately.
Fury. Ungodly fury.
"I swear I'll have that knuckle dragging rock breakers head on my fucking wall" Diels shouted in his office. His face growing red and eyes burning. The scars on his face. Usually glossed over. Stood out. He picked up the thin glass computer screen and hurled it against a nearby wall. The glass shattered into a thousand colorful pieces "ACH!" a young woman stepped in. Hand still gripping the door in case a quick escape was needed. Diels''s eyes locked on her immediately. Glowing with rage. "What do you think you're doing" Diels growled at her. "I....heard shouting and glass br..breaking so I came to check on you" she stuttered out. Diels kept his eyes on her but to her his whole body seemed to contort. The firey anger was replaced by a steely look of anger and a bit of excitement. "Fetch my coat and pistol darling. I'm going hunting"