Chapter 1, April 15, 1912
Dangerous Betrayal Episode 2, One a.m.
Viko peered through his binoculars at the stationary ship. He watched as panic took over, as they fired flares into the clear night sky.
He went into the wireless room and put on the Marconi headphones. In the stillness of the room he listened intently. There was not a sound; Titanic was unable to transmit. The explosive charges had worked just as he had planned. Titanic was stationary and silent, stranded in the middle of the North Atlantic.
Dangerous Betrayal Episode 2, Two-twenty a.m.
He watched as the lights of the ship seemed to be turned off. First the steerage deck, then second-class, and finally first class until she went totally dark and was no longer visible in the distant darkness. They were obviously reducing the ship’s electrical demands to preserve their limited supply of electricity.
Viko chuckled to himself as he let his fertile mind imagine the newspaper headlines that would brandish the news of the sudden disappearance of the ship everyone had been talking about. Panic would grip the financial centers in London and New York when it was revealed that J.P. Morgan was among the missing. What would happen to the fortunes of the likes of John Jacob Astor? He was sure that religious leaders would decry the gluttonous appetites of the first-class passengers. They would point accusatory fingers at such sinfulness as the reason why God had inflicted his wrath upon them.
In his delirium it was all too perfect, and he had brought it about—his own solitary effort!
As he contemplated all he had accomplished and the unexpected events that had helped carry it out, Viko began to think that perhaps God agreed with him. Morgan and his ilk deserved punishment.
He was in charge, in control—the fate of the Titanic and her passengers was in the palm of his hand.
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