The Amateur Operators

Summary: A covert operative must be selective in how they use tools and tactics.

Deep in the bowels of his safehouse, the operative did not bother whispering into the quantum communicator. It was device that used billions of entangled pairs in a rare alloy to ensure an ultra-secure connection. He took a drink from a glass of water before continuing to talk about his latest contacts.

Unbeknownst to him, another agent was listening in. Using a laser microphone on his window, further reflected by the glass of water, another operative listened to every detail of his rival's operations. Unlike his more careless adversary, he was more careful when it came to adopting new technology and tactics. After recording the information he needed, he forever ended the call with an ancient bolt-action sniper rifle.