The gardens at Versailles were loaded with Fir trees, and that was the problem.
FSB Station Director Yuri Popanov gazed angrily at the trees. “Unbelievable.”
“I swear a tree took it,” said Russian FSB agent, Kumanski. “I know it’s crazy.”
“It isn’t. We’ve known the American CIA developed intelligent trees. We didn’t realize they’d already deployed them as agents. Of course, the tree that snatched the hypersonic anti-ship missile plans passed it on to another tree.”
“But which one? There’s so many!”
“That’s their weakness. We know it’s in a tree. We’ll find it. I’ve got twenty agents searching now.”
100 meters away, a signal burst out from a micro-radio. A series of more powerful radios passed it on.
In a small apartment in a poor neighborhood outside Paris, CIA Station Chief Kramer read the coded message.
“Okay folks,” he addressed the room. “Agent Rose Bush has the plans.”
Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2017/12/09/palace-of-versailles-france/