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Nico quickly typed the name of the company and he was soon faced with what one might expect: an official website, several news articles in relation to the company and people telling about their experiences with it. What he really wanted to know was what the company was making and why it was connected to the hospital he had been treated at. he quickly glanced through the search results to see if anything interesting popped up. He glanced over at Maaike and noticed she was again working on her phone. He figured that she was probably doing the same thing he was, but no doubt she would have more success. So again he waited for the young lady to come to him with her findings.
Nico leaned forward and tried to get a glimpse of what Maaike was looking at, which wasn't easy from this distance and with a not too large screen. On top of that the screen wasn't turned to him, so his effort proved little succesful. He should have felt at least a bit insulted: this girl had done in seconds what he hadn't managed to accomplish in weeks. But his curiousity topped his pride: 'What? What company? What's the name?' Nico sat up straight and had his hands above his keyboard, ready to do an internet search on the company.
Nico raised an eyebrow. He wondered how many more people like Maaike were working for him and the thought occured to him that this could pose a serious security risk for the company. He actually considered firing her on the spot for a moment but realized that not only would he probably make matters worse - what was to stop her from taking revenge on the company? - but he would also lose the possibility of using Maaike's skills to get him the information he wanted. He did however quickly scribble a note down on a paper, reminding him that this woman might be very suited for a career in the development of the security and privacy protocols of the company's software.
He put down his pen and decided to be open with the young woman. He seemed to have little choice in the matter and even suspected that much that he explained was already known to her. He talked her through the events of his accident and his weird experiences with dreaming after that. He stayed vague on the details: he simply mentioned how real the dreams had felt and how he had been unable to wake from them. Instead, he focussed on how the hospital had denied the existence of the drug they had given him before. He'd judged that Maaike was someone intruiged by cover-ups, so this would be right up her alley. He then explained that he wanted to find out more about this drug: who made it, where was it made and who else had received it? But since nobody at the hospital would tell him anything, his only option seemed to be to hack into the hospital's systems and look for information there. And that this was where he needed Maaike's help.
When he was done explaining everything, he leaned back in his chair once more, hoping that the young woman in front of him was willing to help him.
This was something Nico hadn't expected. He sat up straight in his chair. "What the..." He wondered if he had been lured into some kind of trap, or if the girl was just really good at her work. Either way, it was too late to turn back now. "How did you know?" he asked.
August checked his own stock of weapons: his semi-automatic revolver, and an army knife in his inner pocket. His cane was of little use to him here, as was his sniper rifle so he'd left both on the ship, locked up safely in his quarters. He had however taken a nice amount of grenades with him. Both smoke grenades as the conventional lethal ones. It was time to party. He looked at the others: Olaf with his dog once more at his side, the newcomer Angel, who looked like he could handle himself very well in a fight, and his XO Ayla, for whom, he could not deny to himself, he had grown a soft spot. For a very brief moment he wondered if that was what being a teacher was like. The moment soon passed. "Everybody ready?" he asked the trio. Quartet, if you counted the dog, which August actually had learned to do: the beast could be a powerful ally when things came to worst.
Now it was Brint's turn to smile: he was very pleased with Carolyn's reaction.
Re: OOC (162 replies, posted in Umbra)
Jason Andersen wrote:
"Well, your credits don't mean a pile of shǐ dàn to me when you left us high and dry back on Athens. And until I am ready to relinquish this chair, I expect you to respect my authority. Now then, I suggest you return to your bunk and rub one out."
I just couldn't help and picture Cartman when I read this. XD
Ryan simply went to work on the booby trap and kind of forgot about Jelena (he did; I didn't). So he didn't mean to do it, but he did anyway.
Nico started to smile. "I'm glad you feel that way, Maaike. Because you see, I need your help. That is to say, your skills. Yes, what I have in mind would be against the law, but as you put it: we wouldn't be hacking any wrong server. I need some information that certain people are keeping from me. Don't worry: it has nothing to do with the company, I'm not trying to discredit my competition or anything like that."
He stopped talking and waited how Maaike would respond.
OOC: And that's what you get accidentally writing down the wrong name. D'oh! But no worries, it works fine like this.
IC: Ardjen felt even more silly now. Lianno had asked him to offer up his coat to the lady. Ardjen had assumed that Lianno meant Karen, given how he and Karen were treating one another. It had looked a bit strange to Ardjen, but given Lianno's tone he had done as asked, only to be made a fool of by Karen. Feeling even more embarrased, Ardjen retreated a bit further to the back, deciding to seek the company of Marcus.
August acknowledged Olaf. "I did", he answered. "I would like you to come with us to the docks office. I know that some people are looking for you, but I think strength in numbers is more important here."
Brint had composed himself somewhat: Gore wouldn't get the pleasure of him and Carolyn fighting in front of him. So he kept his mouth shut. For the moment. Instead he looked at Gore, waiting for the man to get sent away by Carolyn.
Not much later another message reached the bridge, this time coming from the chief engineer:
= "Ryan to bridge: I just cut the G-line. Are we free?" =
Ryan was struggling out of his EVA-suit while he entered the cargo bay; he was still carrying his toolbox. He half jumped, half fell out of the last part of his suit, but quickly regained his balance and ran over to the controls to open up the bomb bay doors, which he opened with the flick of a switch. Before the things had opened up completely, Ryan jumped in with his tools and set to work.
The job in itself was rather easy, as long as what he'd seen on the screen in the airlock was all there was, boobytrap-wise. He almost immediately located the G-line and started cutting it, making sure he stayed clear of the leak he was creating.
As soon as the pressure was escaping from the hose, he climbed out of the hole he had jumped into and ran over to the comm system on the wall.
= "Ryan to bridge: I just cut the G-line. Are we free?" =
Ryan, who had quickly recognized the danger of the booby trap, was already heading back to Atlantis when the bad news came in. He hestitated for a moment, wondering if he shouldn't go back for the captain after all, but reasoned that if they were still stuck to this boat when the pirates came, it would matter little if the captain was free or not. So, he continued back to Atlantis.
So, she didn't deny it nor did she appear to be nervous. Nico hoped that was a good sign. Still, it couldn't hurt to put her on the defensive a bit more. "Well", he answered, "for one it is illegal. At least, some of the stuf you did, is. And many companies would get a bit nervous if they found out that one of their employees was in fact responsible for shutting down an MMORPG such as Elven Universe. Or are you denying that you were behind that?"
Time to start the dance Nico thought. "I am referring to your hobby of hacking systems, Miss Jansen."
August appreciated the man's directness; it was very much like he himself liked to handle things. "We'll see if I want to hire you later on. For now, you are coming with me and my XO to the docking office. If you need to ask Olaf's permission for that, you go right ahead." The captain figured that if it came to blows, Angel would be a welcome addition to the boxing team. Ayla on the other hand didn't seem like the type to seek out confrontation, but that was only a better reason for August to bring her along: if she were to be a good XO she would need to learn and pick a fight.
Nico showed interest by listening intently. "Hmm. Indeed it does. I am glad you like it." He leaned backward in his chair. "However, there is something I would like to discuss with you. Something that recently came to my attention. It seems that in the past you had a rather... unusual hobby." He looked straight at her, waiting how she would respond.
Nico however, payed little attention to how she looked. He had other matters on his mind. "Ah, Miss Jansen. Thank you for coming. Please take a seat."
Nico was still pondering on how to handle this. He didn't want to freak the girl out and risk her closing up entirely, but on the other hand he was in a hurry. So, although he wasn't exactly proud of it, he decided that hinting at possible blackmail would probably work best.
"You have an impressive CV, Maaike. And your work here with us is also top quality. Do you like your work?" He said the last in a very serious tone, not a threatening one. First, he wanted the young woman to feel a bit more at ease.
While Ardjen was still trying to work out what exactly to do next - was he in charge now? - it suddenly dawned on him that he was wearing a very warm coat. The coat had been so warm in fact, that he had opened it moments before. He should offer his coat to keep the others warm. But then he would have to let Ciara go and although he'd understood little of what she and the lady had been talking about, he did understand that the girl wasn't well. So, should he put her down and offer his coat? Or wouldn't she be able to stand?
But before he could make a decision, Lianno suddenly appeared again, as did Karen. Without saying anything, the large sailor took Ciara from him again before either girl or boy could protest. As Ardjen looked at Lianno in surprise, the latter spoke: "What's the matter with you boy, don't you have any manners? Offer the lady your coat!" Although Lianno said it in a very serious way, his eyes would have betrayed that he was trying to provocate the boy a bit.
And it sort of worked: "Hey!" the boy bit back. "I had my hands full!" Lianno didn't respond, but Ardjen took his coat off and offered it to Karen. "Here", was all he said.
OOC: No worries, khh. Glad to have you back!
IC: There were a couple of very scary seconds spent in loneliness for Karen, but then suddenly she saw Lianno walking around the corner. He almost immediately spotted the young woman. "By the Balance; lower your voice!" he whispered angrily, although his face quickly softened again and then his mouth turned into a smile: "Great guide you are. Come on, your group is waiting for you two corners back." As they walked back towards the others, Lianno joked: "The next time you take the lead, you might want to inform the others about that and also keep in mind that half of them don't seem to understand a word you're saying."
They were almost back with the others; they just had to round one more corner.
Jason Wypij wrote:
"Olaf is currently a wanted criminal." Angel responded short but sweet as per Angel's norm. Angel didn't seem put off by August's tone, actually it didn't even seem like a nuclear bomb could put off Angel.
August was well aware of that fact. Instead, he had planned to walk through the docks and lure those who were looking for his old pilot: he was really looking for a fight. But now that things were settling down a tiny bit, so was August. When Ayla's reply also made clear that Olaf himself wasn't very happy about going into town again, he decided to let the matter rest.
He was still looking at Angel. "Fine", he told the man. "And what about you? You're a wanted man as well?" He was thinking about dragging this man along with him. Angel might currently be watching the ship, but he had just met the man and sure as hell didn't trust him to do this job without anyone to keep an eye on him. And if he took Angel with him, he could do just that: keep an eye on him. And if he didn't like what he saw, he could leave the man behind.
Ryan watched the other two go, leaving him behind. "Great", he said. "Just leave the non-soldier alone out here, waiting for the pirates or Reavers to come and get him." However, the engineer realized that there was little he could do here and that if there was any danger on the ship, it probably made little difference where he was.
Well, since Atlantis was now apparently stuck to this ship, Ryan figured he might try to get a closer look at this booby trap, preferably without setting it off. He walked back to the airlock and inspected it more closely to see if there was anything visible from the inside of the airlock. If not, he'd have to go outside, something he did not fancy.
I'll get on it as soon as I can. And I agree, Misty: things like that really help you to get a good picture of things in your mind. And they tend to avoid misunderstandings.
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