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Magestic - Part 1

No 10. Downing Street, London. Summer, 1985.
The Prime Minister ran a quick eye over a letter, initialling
the corner before handing it back to the waiting messenger.
Thirty minutes later a buff coloured file was being keenly
opened by Jack Donohue at the Ministry of Defence. The
letter, a tip-off about an upcoming IRA terror attack, now had
the addition of TOP SECRET stamped onto it in blood red
ink. He touched the edges of the letter reverently and squared
it off to the file; neatness was next to Godliness for Jack. He
curled a lip at the fingerprint dust still adhering to the paper,
pursed his lips and blew delicately.
Jack read the brief letter over and over, trying hard to read
between the lines. He attempted to judge the tone and the
style of writing, trying desperately to glean some intelligence
about the sender – his assigned task. Magestic with a 'g’,
whoever the individual was, had already caused him some
sleepless nights. If only the letter had been signed “Majestic”.
Majestic had been the CIA campaign of misinformation
about UFOs in the 1960s; a pet hobby of Jacks. But why spell
the word with a 'g’? Was our friend simply a bad speller? No,
the writing style had been exhaustively analysed by various
linguists and experts. Our friend was deemed to be well
educated and cultured. So, it was a deliberate spelling
mistake. 'Magestic’ was a noun, a few references around the
world, but none that seemed to be of significance or
This new letter, typed like the rest, had been numbered by
the sender in handwriting as '12’ and detailed an elaborate
IRA attack, so much detail that some in the government were
certain that Magestic was in the community of spies, possibly
a high ranking member of the IRA itself. Jack knew that to be
nonsense, because lying next to him was a file of the first
eleven letters, many detailing natural disasters. Being an
intelligence researcher, Jack knew the limitations of field
agents and double agents, and predicting the next winner of
the Eurovision Song Contest was not amongst the attributes