Kann Mer Ray looked at Jim for a long time before he said, “I don’t want to get into a theological discussion with you, but, suffice it to say, he is who you would refer to as Jehovah.”
Jim stared wide-eyed at Kann Mer Ray and then turned to look at San Cirr Ray, who was viewing Jim with the hint of a smile.
Jim looked back at Kann Mer Ray and stammered, “Ah, ah, okay, if ya say so.”
San Cirr Ray offered, “Why don’t ya have a seat?”
Jim nodded absent-mindedly and, walking around the front of his desk as if in a trance, sat down. He blinked a few times, looked up at the two Elves and asked, “Please tell me y’all aren’t messing with tha mind of a poor dumb earthling.”
Kann Mer Ray grinned and San Cirr Ray giggled. “No, we aren’t ‘messing with your mind,’ as you earthlings say. It is the truth.”
Jim looked down at the desk for a moment, swept some of the dust away with his hand, stood up and said, “It’s a deal.”
The two Elves smiled. Kann Mer Ray said, “Well, I guess the next move is to get some of your Confederate cavalry commanders to allow the use of their troops for the foray.”
Jim looked at the two Elves and said, “Maybe we don’t need a whole bunch of men riding pell mell back and forth on tha C & O Canal Path. Maybe we just need a handful.”
Expressions of curiosity suddenly appeared on the elven faces. Kann Mer Ray questioned, “How so?”
Jim grinned at the two fellow conspirators. “Maybe three men could do tha job easier than a whole contingency of cavalry.”
“Sounds interesting. Who did you have in mind?” said Kann Mer Ray.
“Al Madigan, Sergeant Kirkland and myself.”
“Why do you believe they would like to be in on such a dangerous mission?” inquired San Cirr Ray.
“Well, Al has always followed me on all my weird escapades. Sergeant Kirkland would go because it beats sitting in camp doing nothing. And I would need to be along as tha dispenser of tha weapon,” stated Jim.
Kann Mer Ray started to open his mouth, but Jim held up his hand and said, “I know ya want to do a mind sweep on tha men. But, if tha mission is a success, why don’t ya perform a surgical mind sweep? We could pat ‘em on tha back without lettin ‘em really knowing how tha mission was accomplished.”
Kan Merr Ray and San Cirr Ray turned to each other for a telepathic conversation. After about a minute they turned back to Jim and said, “Okay, but how can you get your Commander to go along with it?”
“We don’t tell them about it. We kidnap Lincoln and make him witness the destruction of the Treasury Building. After the demonstration we tell him that, unless he sues for peace, this weapon will be unleashed on his armies and naval vessels. Then we let him go,” answered Jim.
The two Elves looked at Jim for a very long time and then communicated telepathically for an even longer time. Finally, Kann Mer Ray turned back toward Jim and said, “It isn’t feasible.”
“What If we give Lincoln a three day ultimatum to contact tha Confederacy before the weapon is deployed?” suggested Jim.
“The Confederate President will not know what President Lincoln is talking about,” argued San Cirr Ray.
“Well, we really don’t know if Lincoln will sue for peace. However, if y’all will monitor Lincoln closely, ya can find out how he is going to react. Then, if he is going to contact President Davis in regard to a peace proposal, then one of ya can appear in a dream or in a vision to President Davis and explain just enough to let him know that Lincoln is going to contact him,” Jim proposed.
Kann Mer Ray and San Cirr Ray looked at Jim with an awed expression.
Kann Mer Ray finally broke the silence. “That’s brilliant.”
San Cirr Ray walked toward Jim with open arms.
Jim backed away, “Just a hand shake is adequate.”
Kann Mer Ray laughed, and San Cirr Ray giggled.
Jim just shook his head.