Go to Cover Brian films the negotiations, and listens to what is actually said.Derek hides while Rom explores Jungle World.Rom finds his scouts but is observed by the FBI agents, who are themselves observed from the SkySafari.Jack and Joshua's ploy guarantee a hostage will be killed, and they discover the children have not escaped from the zoo.Joshua gets support to sacrifice a hostage, but doesn't let George know about it.Quotation: Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the last. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat. - Mark TwainZoo Center, and a leopardGo to chapter 16 in Derek's ViewGo to chapter 18 in Derek's View

Chapter 17 Wednesday, 0730 hours (7:30 AM)

Jungle World was also quiet. Rom and Derek circled this building too, and again found no obvious way in.

"And now what?" asked Derek, disappointed.

Rom pointed to an open window, little more than a duct, at the second floor level. "That window. They could have gotten in there."

"Theyd have had to climb like monkeys to get up to that window."

"Yeah. Anyway, Im going to give it a try. Stay here. Ill be back soon."

Rom approached the building obliquely and Derek was amazed how animal like Rom looked. Rom jumped up for a handhold, climbed up and vanished out of sight through the duct.

New York has lost a very good second story man in him. Derek wished he had that agility. Alone in broad daylight, he felt exceptionally exposed. He crouched down, but that just made him feel silly. He jogged to an area of brush under the Bengali Express monorail. Derek dropped to the ground and tried to be invisible. Through the high grass he still had a good view of Jungle World. He was amazed how good and exhilarated he felt. He hadn't hidden in the bush since he was a boy, and he'd forgotten how good it felt. He glanced at his spear. Yeah. It really did feel good.

A half hour later, it didn't feel so good anymore. He was getting stiff, cold, and bored. Where was Rom?

Derek eyes glued to the entrance, didn't see Rom emerge from the high window that he'd used to get in. Not until Rom dropped to the ground did Derek notice him.

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