As most of you will already know from the news, the Senate vote on the latest incarnation of the late Senator Kelly's mutant registration bill is approaching. Until last night, I was relatively unconcerned; after the President's speech earlier this year, mutant registration has had many fewer friends on Capitol Hill.
Late last night, I received a phone call from Senator Aaron Lowenstein of New Hampshire, an old friend, and one of our staunchest allies in the halls of government, and he gave me some very grave news indeed.
Aaron's son, Jeffrey, turned seventeen this past April. He's a bright young man with excellent prospects; when last we spoke he told me he plans to attend Harvard, following his father into the law.
Jeffrey was kidnapped two days ago on his way home from basketball practice. This has, so far, been kept from the press; Aaron is a private man, and it seems that the perpetrators, a group calling itself the "Friends of Humanity," would rather not make a martyr of him. They did, however, telephone him last night; they put Jeffrey on the line and had him read a statement to his father to the effect that if Aaron wishes to see his son alive again, he will reverse his vote on the mutant registration bill--and Aaron is prominent enough that if he does so, many other Senators will follow suit.
The FBI were able to trace the telephone call as far as southern Mississippi before it was cut off. Their branch office in that state, however, is proving uncooperative; rumors of corruption have already begun to fly, and Aaron contacted me in desperate straits. He is a principled man, and not one to break under pressure--but Jeffrey is his only child.
Scott, I would like you to lead a team down there to locate these so-called "Friends" and bring Jeffrey Lowenstein back home. Roster and tactics are at your discretion, although I would prefer that you remain as unobtrusive as possible--and that you leave me at least one of the teachers, so that we cause as little disruption as we can to the younger students' lives. Other than that, take as long as you need, as many resources as you require, and report back when you learn anything.
I attended Jeffrey's christening. Please do everything you can to prevent me from attending his funeral.