OTTENS, JULY 18, 2007
As the rest of their group had left, Miss Murray had quietly taken the time to observe the Major, asking herself whether she could trust this man. She was attracted to him---how could she objectively judge his character?
She took a sip of her drink, but instantly remembered that she hadn't cared much for alcohol tonight. "Major, I believe that I owe you an explanation as to our group's purposes and intents," she started to tell. "Our captain tells me that you were on the run for Russian authourities as you boarded our ship, and from what I've learned it appears that you are in Our Majesty's Government's employ."
Roger nodded slightly to indicate his approval so far.
"Indeed," Mina continued, "we appear to have certain professional associations in common." She paused briefly, allowing the man to nod again. "Surely, you are, by now, quite aware of my own own past with the organisation of which we speak?"
"You are still highly regarded in the service, madam."
"I'm glad to hear that..." a pleasant smile appeared on her lips, and she reconsidered for a brief moment before speaking further: "My reasons for leaving the service are mainly personal, but suffice to say that I felt increasingly uncomfortable continuing the work I had begun. The work we do, Major... the work we did... was not always inspired by noble intentions. In spite of Mr Holmes' best intentions, and his love for his nation, the service has become a tool for carrying out the Government's dirty work." She spoke the last line quickly and with an unpleasant look on her face. "I wished no further to share responsibility for those actions, sir, and that is why, after many long years of service, I resigned my commission."
Roger must have suspected that there had been other reasons for her resignation, but he understood that she wouldn't elaborate upon them.
"Over time, I encountered the people you've come to know here on board. We all seek refugee from a past filled with sin. I dare not say that our actions are always admirable, that our intentions are always righteous, and we seek protection for ourselves in the first place. Yet we also seek to do justice. There are evils in this world that strike the heart with terror, Major, and thankfully there are forces able to combat that evil. I have come to know both in my lifetime, and I seek to assemble the latter around me."
When no response came from the Major, who seemed to carefully weigh the words she had spoken, Mina said: "Our next stop will be Berlin. I will meet there an acquintance of mine whom had telegraphed information about a foe threatening the peace. I wouldn't ask you to make a decision now in regarding to staying with us... something I would ask you to seriously consider... perhaps what this man has to tell will convince you of our group's necessity and our goals..."