Nelson rolled over on the sidewalk to see Betty Hazard throwing herself
down beside John Doe I. Reaching
out to his neck she felt for a pulse.
She shouted at the man, "Les! Les!
Stay with me. Wake up." She
reached out to put her hands on his bloody chest.
Her entire focus was on the injured man.
Nelson saw that their police escort was also shot and still. Various hospital personnel came running out to quickly pull the group back to the safety of the building. The two men were raced into the ER area for treatment as Nelson and Betty were taken to the waiting room. She sat there staring at the blood on her hands. Nelson went to the restroom off the waiting area and brought back wet paper towels and gently cleaned her hands. She slowly looked up into his face and asked, "Why? Why Les?"
may not be Les. He may be
Lee. I don't know why. Lee has made enemies over the years, so maybe he's the
police detectives bursting through the door interrupted them.
The next few minutes were spent answering questions and then the
emergency room doctor quietly came into the room.
The four stood and the doctor indicated for them to sit.
"The police officer will recover.
The bullet went cleanly through his shoulder."
about Lee?" queried the Admiral.
about Les?" Betty asked.
I thought there was only one other man.
I was not aware of another victim."
Admiral replied, "We've been calling him John Doe I until his memory
returns and we would know him as Lee Crane or Les Wayne."
yes. I remembered when the
John Does came in. It created
a mighty stir down here in ER."
his condition?" asked Betty.
sorry ma'am. I'm afraid you still won't know which one he was. There
wasn't anything we could do. The bullet went through his heart... he's
NIMR, Chip Morton was experiencing frustration.
The refitting of Seaview was not going well. Some of the parts were coming in by freight train and were
trapped in an avalanche in the mountains.
His best friend, the Captain, had lost his memory and was soon
coming out of the medical center. Pat
Patterson and Kowalski had gotten into a brawl at a local bar.
Pat was in the center with a concussion and a broken arm.
Kowalski had a bloody nose, cuts and bruises.
As punishment, Morton had assigned Ski to be bodyguard to the
Captain. He was to be a
constant shadow to the man while Morton juggled computers, lawyers and
researchers in an effort to trace Les and Lee's background.
Lee's new secretary was throwing a tizzy over the color of Lee's
car and was getting nowhere with the body shop.
Dana McClain had called three times and Admiral Nelson had not
his forehead with his fingers, Morton was interrupted from his slow
burning temper by Dr. Will Jamieson coming into the office.
"You know I have drugs that can take care of that
Jamie, but it won't take away everything that's causing it," Morton
replied as he waved his arm over the mounds of paperwork on his desk.
you have Nelson's, Crane's and your secretaries. Put them to work."
a bad thought. I've got to
get Crane's secretary off her fixation on the color of his car. Maybe giving her something else to work on will calm her
to add to your burdens, but I'm releasing John Doe II this afternoon.
I've had Patterson in the same room and he's done an excellent job
of keeping Pat awake with his talking about naval history."
Lee always enjoyed history."
do you want Kowalski to take him?"
need his memory back. So
let's work on giving him all the opportunities. Tell Kowalski to take him
on the standard tours of NIMR and Seaview. Then take him to his
home." Putting his hand
into his pocket, Morton pulled out his keys. Taking a key off his key
ring, he handed it over to Will Jamieson.
"Jamie, here's a key to Lee's house. Give it to Ski."
do. I'll send something back
for that headache. You'll
still be able to work today, but I prescribe at least seven hours of sleep
I can't do that."
Morton, right now we are depending on you to run this place and Seaview.
We can't do that if you collapse from exhaustion.
One sleeping pill and seven hours sleep or I'll have security drag
you down to the medical center for one enforced night in sickbay."
at Jamieson as he rubbed his forehead, Morton saw the practicality of the
suggestion and gave in. "Aye,
Morton finished out the day with the help of Jamie's painkillers and went
home to a sleeping pill and seven hours sleep.
He left a wake up call with the NIMR's switchboard and went to bed.
next morning he woke up with a nagging thought eluding him in the back of
his mind. Throughout the
morning, he had the feeling that he was missing something important.
knocked on his opened office door. "Commander
Morton, can I talk to you privately?"
me get his secretary down here to watch him."
Morton got John Doe II occupied in Lee's office, he ushered Ski into his
office and closed the door. "Okay,
he looks and talks like the skipper but I don't think he's Captain
makes you think that?"
things. I've been watching
him closely through the tours and through the night.
He doesn't recognize anything, but there are two main things that
bother me. He's turned down
both coffee and hot chocolate in favor of herbal tea and he favors his
ambidextrous, but I've noticed that when he doesn't think about it, he
uses his left hand.
back in his chair, Morton allowed his thoughts to roam as he stared at
Kowalski. The eluding thought
popped into his mind and he knew what to do.
"Kowalski, go get him and bring him back here.
I think I know how to determine if he's Lee."
Kowalski was gone on his errand, one of Morton's researchers came in and
gave Chip a thick file. Sitting
back, Chip opened it and saw the top sheet was from the Catholic orphanage
from Les's adoption records. Scanning
the record, he was not surprised to learn that Les was an identical twin.
His adopted parents were Tom and Helen Wayne and they had adopted
Les when he was two years old. His twin was the weaker of the two and surprisingly had been
adopted just two weeks afterwards by married Canadian doctors.
Both twins had been observed as quite close with each other.
returning with John Doe II interrupted him.
The file was put aside to be studied later. "I'm going to have a strange request of you, but I think
it will tell me who you are."
What do you want?"
want you to take off your right shoe and sock."
a puzzled look at Morton, John Doe II complied.
down on the carpet, Chip Morton grabbed the bare foot and gently separated
the little toe and its neighboring toe.
Nodding his head affirmatively, Morton put the foot on the floor
and stood up. "You can
put your sock and shoe back on."
did you find, Commander?" asked Kowalski.
what I found, but what I didn't find.
When Lee and I were in Naval school we went swimming in a local
creek. His foot, between
those two toes, was sliced open by a sliver of glass from the bottom of
the creek. It left a small
scar. I had forgotten about
it until this morning. John
Doe II here doesn't have it."
he's not the skipper."
toward John Doe II, Chip Morton addressed the man. "Even though you look like my Captain and friend Lee
Crane, you’re not him. You’re
Les Wayne, Assistant Director at the Huntington Beach Library."
why do I look like him?"
you're an identical twin. I
just got your adoption record as proof."
I'm adopted also?"
to his desk, Chip picked up a pen and threw it to Les, "Catch!"
automatically used his left hand to grab the pen in the air.
"Why did you throw the pen?"
is right-handed, you're left-handed.
I've heard of opposite identical twins before.
I believe you both are that type of twins. I'm going to have Kowalski fly you back to Huntington Beach
in the flying sub as soon as I contact Admiral Nelson. I'm sure that Betty Hazard, the Library Director, will be
happy to have you back." Chip
watched as a look of pain crossed Les's face and he clutched at his chest.
His eyes rolled back and Chip caught him as he passed out.
Kowalski got on the intercom to the medical center and called for
an hour, Chip walked back into his office.
Jamieson was looking over Les Wayne, but was not sure what had
caused the attack. Les's
vitals were normal and he was conscious again.
Jamie wanted to keep Les overnight for observation. The phone on
Chip's desk was ringing. When
he answered, he heard Admiral Nelson's deep voice.
"Admiral, it's good to hear from you. I was just going to call you at Mrs. Hazard's."
not there. We're at the
hospital Emergency Room."
you okay, sir?"
no. Chip, our John Doe was
assassinated an hour ago. Frankly,
I don't know if he was Les or Lee."
know Admiral. I just got the
adoption records. They were
twins. I have Les here."
God, man. I watched it happen
and couldn't do anything about it."
was being discharged and the police officer was guarding him as Betty and
I were taking him out to her car. He
still hadn't remembered anything and I had brought some items and clothes
over to Betty's from Les's house. We
were hoping that his memory would come back.
We were planning to take him by the library and let him look around
to see if that would help."
I'm rambling. This is so hard
to believe. Lee Crane’s
dead." He grew silent
until Morton prompted him again.
we were going out to the car. He
was in a wheelchair. Hospital
rules. As we got out there,
he went to get out of the wheelchair when he was shot.
The officer knocked me down and threw himself to protect Lee. The
policeman caught the second bullet. They
got them into ER, but there was nothing anyone could do about Lee.
He took a bullet through the heart.
He died instantly. Betty's
taking it hard. She thinks
it’s Les. Lee's gone.
After all the ONI missions and Seaview missions, I always thought
he would continue to beat the odds. But
he didn't this time." Taking
a deep breath, the Admiral took charge of his emotions. "I need you to make arrangements to bring Les back down
here and to transport Lee's body back to Santa Barbara."
be tomorrow before Les can come. He
collapsed with chest pain an hour ago.
Jamie has him in the medical center running tests, but he can't
find anything wrong."
take that long to get the coroner to release Lee's body.
An hour ago, hmmm, sounds like they had a connection after
make the arrangements and notify Jamie.
I'll start on funeral arrangements.
I know what Lee wanted."
the Institute personnel know. I'll
tell Betty that Les will be brought back tomorrow and I'll be driving back
tomorrow morning." He
looked over to the television in the waiting room and saw a picture of Lee
on the screen. "Hold on
Chip." The Admiral
dropped the phone as he went to turn up the television.
news at Huntington Beach Hospital.
One of the two John Does that we have been reporting on was shot
and killed an hour ago just outside the ER entrance. He had been
discharged. The other man had
been transferred to the Nelson Institute of Marine Research in Santa
Barbara earlier this week. At
this time we don't know which of the two men was killed, Captain Lee Crane
of the submarine Seaview or our own Assistant Library Director, Les Wayne.
Sources tell us that both their bosses, Admiral Harriman Nelson and
Library Director Betty Hazard, are at the hospital now, and we will try to
get an interview from them."
back to the phone, Nelson gave further orders to Chip. "Chip, I think Les is still in danger.
The newscaster is broadcasting his location in Santa Barbara.
Double security on him and alert the front gate."
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