Arival at Istanbul
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Wilberford, Asher, and David got off in Istanbul and travelled through the streets. Asher said" Someone is following us". Wilberford nodded, "I saw him. A bit of a nuisance-but nothing for it."Asher said, "Does he know who we are?"Wilberford replied, "He knows who I am, and he knows you're with me. Don't worry, it's just the Emniyet keeping an eye on things. Sooner or later they know who everybody is."
They walked through the labyrinthine streets through crowds of people from every corner of the Levant, Armenians, Balkans, Western Europeans, Jews, Turks. They came to a well-kept house.
Asher said,"Here is our supervisor. Jacob Ben-Zebulon, Istanbul Port Factor to Mosav Ben-Zebulon."
"A small trading concern based in Palestine?" asked Lord Wilberford ironically.
"No less", said Asher, "He is also my uncle. In fact I came out here because I held him as hero when I was younger though of course he never told me ALL of his activities. Apparently he asked specifically for me. What could be more natural then an influential person employing his nephew and his nephews friend? You of course will be more difficult to explain but I'm sure he'll figure out something."
Then Asher knocked on the door. A doorman came. Asher said, "Tell him it's Asher and Saul".
"Saul?" asked Lord Wilberford.
Asher replied,"Oh we gave you that call sign because you were the British liason. It's from King Saul-the one God rejected from being king over Israel."
"You can be irritating sometimes", commented Lord Wilberford.
Uncle Jacob was good host and fed his guests well. There were Hungarian style mushroom pastries, kebabs well laden with beef, lamb, and vegetable chunks and various other delights.
Lord Wilberford asked, "No caviar?"
Asher said, "Now who's being irritating?"
After the meal they gathered round the piano. Uncle Jacob said,"As the new war hasn't had time to develop it's own songs let's have one from the old one. We will play 'Tipperary'"
He then played the tune, "It's a long way to Tipperary...It's a long way back home."
Then Asher gave a toast, "The King, God Bless him.
Not to be outdone, Lord Wilberford said,"May Israel Flourish."
Then Uncle Jacob said,"How about something for all of us like...Confusion to the Huns."
Then he said, "And of course we must complete this and what meal would be complete without the toast, 'L'Chaim.'"
And everyone said, "L'Chaim".
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This particular one is a tribute to the wonderful spy history Istanbul Intrigues, which is one of the main inspirations for the SongofHope series.