Mark Kemper had appeared swiftly from behind a heavy window drape.
O'Neill leaned still closer to the window, shielding himself almost inside the window drapes.
As Tharbel shouldered into pitch-blackness beyond the window drapes, the gloom rose to meet him.
When tackled firmly, it was as empty as the ghost that turns out to be a flapping window drape.
The Shadow emerged silently from behind the heavy window drape.
A pair of the Oval Office's window drapes had been drawn to keep glare off the console's screen.
All that remained were a few loose items, including the thick window drapes.
He tugged the window drapes closed to avoid catching another glimpse of his scrawny, unheroic figure.
Between the window drapes and the edge of the bookshelves, the hole was almost invisible to any but the most painstaking inspection.