Well, Monty’s plan appears to have gone out the window. I suspected the most wanted man in China, to be the head of a criminal empire, or an anti-regime combatant. What I didn’t expect, was a Pastor. Apparently we had misjudged Michael Wong.
The driver, who was more than a driver filled us in. “Michael sent me to protect him and the two of you. He won’t leave China, because of his congregation. He can’t be with them right now, but he’s close enough to act on their behalf.”
“He has a network of underground Churches in China that keep people safe. He started years ago, sort of inheriting your Grandfather’s legacy by filling the void. Which is what Audley wants to know, the threads of the organization.”
“Why? What could he possibly have that she wants. It’s an organization with no money, and nothing to gain.” I asked, puzzled by it all.
“The organization now, is primarily a Christian mission, she doesn’t care about that. Her partners want to destroy it. What they want is the network it was built on. Your Grandfather had a noble purpose, but unlike the Pastor you’re about to meet, the Diplomat was not above using leverage.”
“She wants the leverage, the people and families he blackmailed to build the network. If they can control that, her partners can take over China. It would be a variant of what’s in place now, but more dangerous.”
I could see Monty’s mind was racing, restructuring his plan. “What does Audley get from them for this? It has to be more than money.”
The driver agreed. “She essentially becomes the Unofficial Queen Of Hong Kong underworld. It would function as her personal empire, granting her a massive fortune, and power. Since the new government would back her, she’d be unstoppable.”
“At least that’s what they’ve promised. My guess is they’ll kill her after she gets what she wants. I doubt she has any leverage of her own.”
Monty laughed. “Never underestimate the wicked Stepmother friend. She’s got some bargaining chip, otherwise she wouldn’t have brought her kids here. My question is, what did she tell them to get them to make the trip?”