Ludovic suggests a new signaling system.
Ludovic: The telephones are bugged and email is too dangerous. Cameras are everywhere. If I have a message I’ll leave a sign.
Marcus: A sign.
Ludovic: Yes. I’ll leave a plant on the stairs. If there is no message, there is no plant.
Marcus: What kind of a plant?
Ludovic: A discreet one. I am thinking of a small pot plant with green flowers.
Marcus: And where will the message be?
Ludovic: The usual place. Under the bridge.
Marcus: So I go to the staircase, and if there is a small plant with green flowers, then I go to the bridge?
Just as spies need a protocol to pass information, so do we when we call a friend at the office.
“Can you talk?”
“Life and death.”
“Bit busy. Got someone with me. 10 minutes.”
Such signals are helpful, but not foolproof, they can interpreted or intercepted.