Diamonds are Forever by Ian Fleming (MacMillan Readers, Pre-Intermediate)

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Diamonds are Forever by Ian Fleming MacMillan Readers, Pre-IntrermediateThe Beginning of the Pipeline

The large bush stood in the moonlight at the meeting place of three African countries. The man from the diamond mines4 had waited under the bush for nearly two hours. Suddenly, he heard the noise of a helicopter. He looked up and saw it coming towards him from the east.  He waited.

When the helicopter was just above the ground, an arm came out. A torch5 switched on and off, dot-dash, the morse code6 for the letter A. The diamond smuggler flashed back ‘B’ and ‘C’, and the helicopter came down safely. After a few moments, its engine was silent. The pilot opened the door and climbed down to the ground. The other man walked across to him.

‘You’re late again,’ he said.

‘I had engine problems,’ said the pilot. ‘Well, if you’ve got it, let’s have it.’

The man from the diamond mines reached into his shirt and took out a packet. He gave it to the pilot. The pilot dropped the packet into the pocket of his shirt.

‘Things are getting difficult at the mines,’ said the diamond smuggler. ‘A man has come from London. His name’s Sillitoe. The Diamond Corporation has sent him. Some of my men are afraid. One day one of them is going to talk.’

‘Do you want me to tell this to ABC?’ asked the pilot.

‘Yes,’ said the other man. ‘They must know about Sillitoe. Our mines are losing more than two million pounds a year because of smuggling. The Corporation wants the government to stop it. And that means “stop me”.’

‘What do you want?’ asked the pilot. ‘More money?’

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