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(224 replies, posted in Odyssey)

What I need is compensation for the damage done to my ship by a shuttle pilot leaving your docks. And then there is also the matter of you charging us with a fine and the regular docking fees after we landed here. Both a result of that same shuttle. You will remit those costs. And lastly, you owe me an apology for damaging my ship. Which is called the Odyssey, but I'm sure you have that registered in your fine administration system already."

Either the man would be intimidated and speed the process of recompensation along, or he would get hurt. At this point August didn't really care one way or the other.



-August

2

(338 replies, posted in Umbra)

This was a solution Brint could actually work with. Carolyn insulting Gore was a nice bonus.



-Brint

3

(3 replies, posted in Awards)

Congratulations! Well deserved, all of you!



-Mischa

4

(48 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

Nico couldn't help but smile. He'd struck gold with this girl. It was amazing how enthousiastic she was about all of this. It was clear that this was her true passion. It almost seemed to good to be true, but he wasn't about to look a gift horse in the mouth.

"I can arrange that" he told her. "Maaike", he continued in a more serious tone, "I won't beat around the bush: I am in rather a hurry with this and I need you to get on this right away. So how about we go get your laptop and leave right away? Then we'll head to Schiphol and take a plane to Spain: I have a vacation home in Catalonia from where you can work. And don't worry about not having packed for this: the boss is paying." He hoped he wasn't pushing his luck and that he'd judged correctly that Maaike really wanted to sink her teeth into this mystery.



-Nico

5

(82 replies, posted in The Longest Journey)

Ardjen had found Marcus a bit further back. He was silent for a moment but then carefully asked: "What do you think of Ciara?" he didn't stop to think if Marcus had even caught the girl's name.



-Ardjen

6

(224 replies, posted in Odyssey)

Satisfied that his team - and Angel - were ready, he set out towards the docking office. Some words were going to be exchanged. And then possibly some bullets.



-August Solitaire

7

(338 replies, posted in Umbra)

And just like that, Brint's smile was gone. He really didn't want to turn his back on Gore, but if he were to do his job, he would have to. He wondered what Carolyn had to say about this. If she would stand for it, then Brint certainly would have something to say about that decision.



-Brint

8

(317 replies, posted in Atlantis)

Ryan let out a sigh of relief and wiped his forehead when he heard the message from the Atlantis bridge: =Is everyone off?! Are we ok to leave?!=

He was still next to the radio, so he was quick to reply:

= "Ryan to bridge. No, the captain's still one that ship. He ordered Jelena and me to leave." =

Wait, Jelena! How could he have forgotten about her? No doubt she would not be pleased, but before he could mention to Poppy that the fierce woman was also still on the transport ship, Jelena decided to make that announcement a public humiliation for the chief engineer, as her voice carried over the radio and sounded throughout the ship:

Silent Hunter wrote:

"Oi, Ryan!" she yelled into her radio, "You left me behind, you little..."

Jelena then made some comment about his manhood that would make a Companion blush.

- Jelena

Ryan's face turned a deep red. He thought about contacting her to apologise, but decided that this was a conversation best not had over the radio. And there was still the matter of the approaching ship.

Cursing himself for his forgetfullness, he headed for the engine room, which was where he ought to be in times of crisis. He wondered if Kundan would still be there. His hands were actually feeling a bit better, but it would be nice to have some assitance if worst came to worst.



-Ryan Bow

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(48 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

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

10

(48 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

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

11

(48 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

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.



-Nico

12

(48 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

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.



-Nico

13

(224 replies, posted in Odyssey)

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.



-August Solitaire

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(338 replies, posted in Umbra)

Now it was Brint's turn to smile: he was very pleased with Carolyn's reaction.



-Brint

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(163 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."

~Carolyn~

I just couldn't help and picture Cartman when I read this. XD

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(211 replies, posted in Atlantis)

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. smile



-Mischa

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(48 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

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.



-Nico

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(82 replies, posted in The Longest Journey)

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.



-GM

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(224 replies, posted in Odyssey)

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."



-August Solitaire

20

(338 replies, posted in Umbra)

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.



-Brint

21

(227 replies, posted in Atlantis)

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 Bow

22

(317 replies, posted in Atlantis)

------TIMELINE CUT------



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 Bow

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(24 replies, posted in Atlantis)

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.



-Ryan Bow

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(48 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

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?"



-Nico

25

(48 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

Time to start the dance Nico thought. "I am referring to your hobby of hacking systems, Miss Jansen."



-Nico