...check in at certain times, in fact, right about now."
"Pretty much means that we won't be seeing anyone else if they don't get a call," Midnight said. "So you had better see to it that they do." Shi hauled the talkative one to his feet and gave him a shove in the general direction of the equipment.
"But we had already reported that one of us hadn't called in," he said nervously.
"Tell them that he was found drunk in the bushes. It's true enough."
Our helpful captive dug out a uni-com. 'I have got to get myself one of those,' I thought. In the meantime, he made contact and reported that the missing man had been found and everything else was okay. The voice at the other end told him that the truck would be there in about half an hour. I don't think that our friend knew that I could clearly hear both sides of the conversation and I was carefully remembering that voice. He checked off and I confiscated the com.
"Almost nothing to do now but wait for the police. They should be here long before that truck arrives," I said.
"Midnight replied, "Why don't you gather up the rest of the flock while I guard these two?"
"Not a bad idea. The sooner we can wrap this up, the sooner we can get back to the others and let them know that everything is okay."
It was pretty straightforward collecting our captives. They weren't about to argue with th...