The Secret Agent had a new mission, but first he had to find his contact. The meeting location details were vague. His briefing stated to look for white horses on a pink ground, whatever that meant.
He searched along the picket fence, and found neither horses nor pink ground.
He investigated two pine cones on the sidewalk. No hidden messages were inside or beneath the pine cones.
As the Secret Agent explored the mulch, a girl approached. She was dressed in a pink rain jacket decorated with white, prancing horses. She was his contact.
“This is a difficult mission, Secret Agent,” she began. “You must follow me closely. I will take you to the cherry blossoms. Your mission is to retrieve the data hidden in the blossoms. We must leave now before it is too late!”
Without waiting for his response, the girl ran away. Should the Secret Agent trust her?
The Secret Agent followed his instincts, and sprinted to catch up with the girl in pink. “Wait!” he called after her. She slowed her pace, not stopping. The urgency of the mission did not allow for delays and long planning sessions.
They reached the cherry trees. The trees were in full bloom, covered with pom-pom sized clusters of pink flowers. The Secret Agent surveyed the petals, using his keen observation powers to locate the data hidden among the blossoms. But he had a problem. The data was out of reach.
The girl in pink stepped behind the Secret Agent. Using all her strength, she boosted him high into the air. He reached his arm, his hand, his fingers, and grabbed the data. Mission accomplished!
The girl in pink lowered the Secret Agent to the ground. She released him and walked away before the Secret Agent could even say, “Thank you.”
The Secret Agent secured the data in his jacket. When he looked up, the girl in pink was gone. The Secret Agent was alone in the springtime rain. His only companions were the cherry and crab apple trees.
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