Barry had never been the person they chose forconfrontationof the enemies ofconservation, but when he had twoconsecutivesuccessful meetings withconfidentbusinessmen it was theconsensusof his organization that heconfrontthe large oil company president scheduled to come to town the next week.
Theconfigurationfor his plan was to first ask to have aconfidentialmeeting with the man in aconfinedlocation. If this did not work he would ask the man toconsentto meeting in a public forum where he would feel safe from aggressive questioning. If the man would notconform, Barry would accept theconsequencesand address the man there when he met him. There was certain to beconflictwith this option, but Barry would talk to the man in asconscientiousof a fashion as possible. He simply needed to be confronted.
When the time came for Barry to approach the president of the oil company, however, several of the businessman’s bodyguardsconnectedthe signals and saw that Barry might be a problem. Theyconfirmedwith each other in their headphones and moved the businessman to acongruentlocation. Barry never had a chance.
Afterwards Barry knew that nocongratulationswould be given to him inconjunctionwith this failed event. As he fell out ofconsciousnessand into sleep that evening in his bed, however, Barry was relieved that nothing bad had happened. He had been brave andconsequentto the conservation movement. And there would always be a next time.