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Episode 00

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"Hokay." Olga adjusted her grip so one hand was below Gabe's center of mass, grabbed his clothes again so he couldn't get away, and pushed. He rose up in the air until her arm was near full extension, at which point she picked herself up off the ground, ending standing up with Gabe held horizontally above her head. With her free hand, she retrieved his stool and set it upright. She then planted him back in it.

"Goot fight. Hy like hyu."

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Alexi looked over at the (ex-)combatants. "If you're finished . . . ?"

He turned back to the rest of the group. "Yes, the Jet Mining Group doesn't leave a good taste in my mouth, either, but I'm here to facilitate your needs, so feel free to disagree. Also, it seems like this fellow knows his way around a brawl and doesn't seem averse to signing up; what do we want to do about that?"

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As he was set down on the stool, he found that little show of strength was nigh impressive. Just like any opponent can lift you up, with the right tools and enough fortitude, even the strongest of monsters can be demolished. He heel-kicked his stool away, sending it careening through a display as adrenaline fueled tunnel vision on his target, feet bringing him back to her in a little over a blink. Most people would’ve been disheartened if their opponent could vertically press them, but the throttle was just starting to open his veins. Her maddening display of Herculean might did nothing but spray ether onto smoldering embers.

“This store is open twenty-four hours, come again if you dare.”

He held a thumb against his nose to jettison a streak of crimson to the floor. Clearing his nostrils, he turned a sidelong gaze to the crew that Alexi was preaching to. During the fight their presence had vanished without a trace.

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Well, mostly.

Nick knew of Olga mostly by reputation. They had shared a little bit of airspace during the final acts a few years ago, but that hardly counted. He did enjoy watching the scrum, getting the lay of both of them in a way that he'd been hoping. He sized them up, wondering how to break up a barfight between two people so very ready to kill. Then the newcomer kicked off a perfectly good stool. Nick caught it before it did any damage and sat on it.

"I hope you lot know how to shoot as well as you fistfight." he muttered.

"Any way you slice it, it's going to be awful. Both those areas, mineral rich as they are, are insanely complicated. Anyone who wants to hide will be able to hide without a truly excessive sensor spread. Anyone who has already set up shop will have enough sensors to see us coming. On the other hand, not much in the way of jurisdiction or collateral to worry about."

"They both sound shady as hell, but I vote for the one with less garrison work. Since the second one might, hint hint, nudge nudge, might ask for us to hit a target, lets go for that one. I think we are better off playing proactive."

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"I am not signing up for dhe baby sitting," Natalya said. "Jet is being too tight withs dhe facts, which is telling me dhey are boring and paranoid, or dhey double crossing. If we are having other offer, I am saying pass."

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Olga ignored Gabe, having tested the new guy as much as see felt was necessary and having too much self-esteem to need to beat him up just to prove to herself that she was worth something. She didn't turn her back on him, but she was watching Alexi now.

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Alexi nodded and looked at Kes.

"Well, we have votes against the JMG and votes in favor of the ODC; I'll let you report report that through the usual channels.

"As for the troublemaker, he seems to be willing to make trouble on our behalf, and you're going to be into this next mission short a unit member unless you pick up someone on short notice. Perhaps a new guy on a probationary contract? You can decide if you want to keep him around after you've had a chance to see him work and had a look at who else is available."

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Catching what bit of breath was exasperated, he watched as the others in the group put their two cents in for or against operations. On one hand, he'd recently spent months in a Section 9 Security Task Force detachment undertaking Search & Destroy missions of splinters that broke from the largest mining company, joined with the regional guerrillas and posed a continuous threat to billions in planet side assets. On the other, babysitting a few robots would probably, mostly be Hands-On-Throttle-And-Stick time, which he could use. A cakewalk in his book. So to decide, it basically came down to one thing. Money.

"Since we're mercenaries, go with what pays the most, inherent risks aside. If your concerned about of being double-crossed, or being over worked, take off your jacket and leave now."

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Plink

Like glass cracking under a sudden change of temperature, Natalya's attraction to danger-boy shattered. He was so obvious.

She gave any hope for decent overnight action a mental farewell wave, and turned to Alexi, "You and I, we are needing to have talk. Privately."

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Alexi glanced over at Natalya, nodded, and returned to waiting for a final verdict.

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"We're not concerned so much with being double crossed as we are with coming down with a case of dead. Can't spend money when your'e dead after all." Dwer's voice was even, he'd had to deal with his fair of hotheads as an instructor. Though none were quite so full on as this one.

Picking up on Rivel's comment he smirked "It's a bit hard to hide a mining op from the ol' Mk 1 Eyeball," he pointed to his left eye "at the very least they'll have surface storage even if the mining is underground."

He looked over at Kes, she hadn't said much over the course of things and looked to be thinking the options over. Leaning against a handy wall Dwer waited for her decision.

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Nick considered Dwer's comment.

"Depends. If you spot something folding in, then, sure, you have a smaller window to look. Better if you can follow a ship. Finding it once you're on top of them isn't the hard part, it's getting into the right hunk of space in the first place!" he replied. "I should know, I'm a pretty good spotter."

"You may be right about the storage. If they have gone so far as to hollow out one of the bigger asteroids for that purpose, it gets trickier," he replied. "I don't know all the mechanics of it, but I spent s a fair amount of time checking out a lot of different places people live over the last few years."

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[OOC: There needs to be a moratorium on the last and first two weeks of any given year. It would be the best Christmas gift ever.]

Kes considered the merc with the mouth. He was an ass but he had some skill. Whether one was worth the other was an open question.

"If you can do more than talk I'll agree to a probationary contract." She said it more to the open air than Gabe. "Half pay with a sitter. Screw up and you're on your own. Those are the terms."

With that out of the way she returned to the decision at hand. What she had found had raised flags on the Jet contract. There were small details that didn't quite make sense. It was those little details that kept a merc alive. Or killed her.

"I'm with Natalya and Dwer. I don't like when we're kept in the dark. That usually means pay or intel will come up short. I'm thinking we take the Obsidian contract or something else."

A synthesized audio channel opened between Kes and Alexi. It was telepathy as provided by the sari-C: clear and yet just artificial enough to be noticed.

I also want to know Gabe's real name and history. Everything you can find.

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Alexi considered the telepathic request. He didn't actually know why "Gabe" was being secretive yet, so he wasn't sure how many beans he should spill. He pulled up a virtual keyboard and typed out a message when no-one was watching closely.

His former name, rank, serial number, and a certain amount of his history in the Spacy are already known to me, but those details are not what should worry you; suffice it to say for now that he's a genuine all-rounder, a congenital ass, and was last seen six years ago while terminally ill, confined to a hospital bed, and close to death, after which point he dropped off the grid despite my best efforts to track him. Until he showed up half an hour ago claiming to work for us. THAT should worry you.

For all I know, he's an AI-controlled robot sent to spy on us, but you know what they say about where to keep your friends and enemies.


After a few moments he added an addendum:

Oh, and his current ID isn't just forged, it's actually in the system, so we can employ him under it without raising any red flags.





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