Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Character Creation and Discussion
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Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
And where we have part two of this bomb...
“That’s a rather nice house to have on the salary of glorified mid level officer worker…” Felix observed pointedly as they rolled up in front of there destination and he parked the car across the street.
The house was indeed rather large easily outdoing all the neighboring structures, acutally it was so big it looked downright gaudy and ostentatious compared to the other homes nearby by. It wasn’t an iron clad method but you could often tell something about a man from his home and Felix wasn’t feeling like this bloated McMansion indicated anything positive about its owner, and of coruse where he got the money to have this place built or to buy it was a question that needed to be asked.
“And it looks like he’s putting an addition on it to boot.” Irene added matching his tone when as they exited the car and headed for the door, they caught sight of work being done to expand the homes rear as they got about half way across the street. “I should probably do the talking.” She added as they approached the front door and Felix threw her a bit of a cross look. “I’m just saying I think
brand of persuasion is more likely to yield positive results here.”
“Fine, knock yourself out.” He shrugged not having to talk some probably ostentatious blowhard wasn’t really much skin off his nose honestly. All that sorted she made a few quick raps on the door and waited for an answer.
The owner answered soon enough and grudgingly allowed them entrance and agreed to talk with them, after mentioning how busy he was and what a waste of his precious time the entire exercises was of coruse. Irene’s sweet talking seemed to do little to improve his sour mood and look which never even faltered as he lead them into a nearby living room and they began the interview. It wasn’t going particularly well he treated even the most innocuous questions as if they where the insane inquiries of an inquisitor and was generally just being as unhelpful and snobbish as possible.
Yup ostentatious blowhard, called it
. Felix mused to himself half listening to the ongoing conversation as he lazily waltzed around the room casually peering down the halls and into the kitchen looking for anything odd, but finding nothing of note. Though it was worth noting the inside of the house was just as gaudy as the outside tacky mismatched art blanketed the walls and “matched” the mishmash of foreign furniture that filled the house. Basiclly no heed had been given to aesthetics and the place had been apparently been bashed together more in an effort to show off how “cultured” and well traveled the owner was then anything else, it made Felix kind of want to break some of the stuff, just to piss him off.
He glanced back at the interview and noted that Filburn seemed increasingly belligerent he was probably going to kick them out soon. Wouldn’t you know it though that Felix suddenly had an uncontrollable urge to pee... “Excuse me sir would you mind if I used your bathroom.”
“Fine whatever, down the hall on the left it’s the last door.” Filburn grumbled annoyed all but shooing him from the room with a dismissively wave.
Felix held his peace though as he “cheerfully” thanked him and left the room. As he meandered down the hall way he again began casually peering through any open doors and pushing any cracked one’s open, but again nothing instantly suspect popped up no big piles of guns, dead bodies, mountains of stolen cash, etc. This was stretching the “in plain sight” rule quite a bit, but it wasn’t really breaking it
. He soon reached his intended destination, closed the door, and began rummaging immediately through the places contents. It was in the thrash that he found what he’d really been after a half dozen used tissues in the waste basket, into a bag they went. It could never hurt to have some DNA to compare, just in case.
Meanwhile back outside the interview was ending before it even really began having gained them little. “I’m telling you for the last time I don’t know anything and now if you don’t have a warrant or something
to discuss I think you’re done wasting my time and can leave now.” Filburn announced condescendingly.
“Very well we’re sorry to have disturbed you”
. Irene added that last bit to herself as she carefully maintained a façade of civility while rising from her seat. Felix returned a few seconds later and with a slight jerk of her head she indicated for him to follow her back outside. Within a few seconds the pair had exited and the door was quickly slammed behind them.
“He knows something.” Irene announced simply as she snapped open her umbrella, it had started raining while they where inside, before heading for there car.
“Probably but the problem is can you prove that to a judge?” Felix cut right to the only fact that really mattered at the moment as he made a fairly weak attempt to keep the rain off him by yanking his coat up part way over his head having not had the forethought to bring his own umbrella inside.
“You already damn well know we can’t.” Irene responded grumpily as she rounded the vehicle and mounted the drivers seat in the car, Felix slipped into the passenger side a few moments later.
“Then whether he knows anything is rather moot isn’t it since unless he decides to call us up later and spill is guts we’ve got no way to get it out of him; legally at least...” Felix responded with a shrug as he strapped himself in and adjusted his seat slightly as he stowed his now wet coat in the back seat of the vehicle.
“Are you purposing something?” Irene questioned bluntly as she started the car up and got on the road back toward the office.
“Assuming he is involved in something, and I happen to think he is as well, he has to be in contact with whoever else is part of it in someway.” Felix commented passively.
“Well we know he
had a few meetings with someone, but he’s rather unlikely to risk such a thing now that he probably suspects we’re watching him.” Irene responded seeing where is he going, but unsure how exactly it would help them.
“Perfectly reasonably behavior if he’s involved in illegal activity, but even if he isn’t taking guests or having meetings he’s still going to want to keep in touch all the same…” Felix trailed off.
“In which case he’d have to be communicating electronically, but you can’t get a wire tap without a warrant either.” Irene filled in the blanks, but bluntly pointed out that it suffered from the same problem as getting a search warrant or detaining him for more serious questioning. Bad feelings did not probable cause make after all…
“Well that depends do we want the warrant because it’s the “right” thing to do or do we want the warrant because that’s the only way we’re going to be able to get the experts we’d need to set it up…” Felix questioned smoothly.
of coruse, it was the later what exactly could we do about it?” Irene responded in an equally laid back manner.
“Well we might
be able to find someone of more flexible morals then an officer of the TSAB.”
“And you wouldn’t
happen to know of such a person?” She smirked.
“I’ll need to get to a secure phone.” He responded simply and Irene increased the cars speed noticeably in response as the pair sped back toward the local GF headquarters.
Soon enough they arrived back and Felix excused himself into a small office to make his needed phone call. Plopping down in the rather nice chair that accompanied the small desk in the room he quickly retrieved and dialed the phone occupying himself by drumming his fingers across the desk as it rang through several times and he waited for someone to pick up it took two redials of rings before he finally got an answer on the third.
“Who is it?” The man at the other end grumbled irritably.
“Great phone etiquette there Atuwe.” Felix responded condescendingly.
“Oh it’s you, tch you’re one to talk about ‘etiquette’. What you want this time?” He responded his mood and tone changing little as he IDed the caller.
“What if I just wanted to call and check up on you?” Felix replied feigning disappointment.
“Stop screwing with me or I’m hanging up now.” He responded bluntly in no mood for such nonsense.
“You’re in a fine mood today what you’re girlfriend dump you or something?” Felix remarked idly as Atuwe indeed seemed markedly more disagreeable then normal.
.” He responded icily.
“Well you’re in luck I’ve got just the thing to get you out and help you forget all about her!” Felix largely ignored
minefield and quickly moved on to the topic at hand totally refusing to acknowledge his faux pass.
“I’m still waiting to get paidfor the
thing I did for you guys!” He growled.
“Come on don’t be like that I swear this time we’ve got your payment all squared away already.” He assured him sincerely but the other man remained silent prompting him to try and sweeten the pot. “You can bring your cameras and I’ll let you stick around afterwards; this is a big case…”
“… I want an exclusive no one talks to anyone else until I publish.” Atuwe finally answered after several more seconds of silence.
“Of coruse!” Felix assured him.
“Alright let’s hear it then.” He sighed wearily.
His cooperation secured Felix quickly began to fill him in on the details of the case and what he needed, repeatedly stressing what a minor thing it was. As he did though Atuwe got the feeling that like most “minor” things Felix and various others had dragged him into over the last few years it would quickly become anything but minor. In a way though he didn’t really mind that much truth be told he
use to get away for a few weeks, and he
been a bit hard up for content lately…
What a classy little backwater crap hole.
Atuwe mused to himself as he emerged from the teleporter proper and into the passenger terminal. He’d seen plenty of these places in his day, but this one looked like it would place high on his list of crappy ones. First off the walls probably hadn’t been painted in about five years, the janitor was either incompetent or entirely absent given stains overflowing garbage bins, and the maintenance man must have gone with him as something was leaking from the ceiling onto the floor nearby and the only action taken about it seemed to have been placing a sign warning of the slipping hazard it presented… Yeah this was shaping up to be a great “vacation” already, how the hell could he have let that jerk talk him into this so easily?
“Atuwe Bilford I presume?” He suddenly found his musing interrupted by a uniformed man who had apparently slipped in behind him as he exited the arrival gate.
“Tch, that bum was too lazy to even come get me himself huh?” Atuwe grumbled with only a glance over his shoulder completely ignoring Miller’s offered hand as he continued walking toward terminal exit. “Come on take me too the bastard so we can get started already.” He added in a rather more resigned manner as Miller jogged to catch with him and lead the way to there temporary office.
As before it was only a short walk to building that currently housed them and the pair quickly arrived back. Upon entering Atuwe felt compelled to reiterate the rest of the team’s original assessment of the office. “Bit of a dump isn’t it?” He pondered allowed surveying the scene before him and trying to locate his “friend” among the half dozen or so unfamiliar faces inside.
“I used slightly stronger wording, but yeah it’s not exactly top flight is it.” Felix suddenly made his presence known behind both Miller and Atuwe. The former jumped a bit in surprise, but the later was used far too used to various people sneaking up behind him to be flustered and merely craned his neck slightly to regard him.
“Well I’m here so let’s hear what this “little thing” of yours is.” Atuwe cut straight to the chase forgoing even a “how have you been” due to still being in a bit of a foul mood due to his recent break up.
“Alright come on we’ve got an office inside where we can talk in private.” Felix gestured for him to follow him inside and past the various desks to the former chiefs office where they could talk in private. Both of them basiclly just ignored Millers presence once they spotted each other and as the door shut behind them he was feeling a bit cross. “You’re welcome for going to pick him up by the way!” he huffed.
“Shut up you basiclly just got a free break now get back to frikkin work you were
behind everyone else before you left.” Kou, still overseeing the records search, was less then impressed with his whining.
“How come everyone always picks on
?” He didn’t really take the advice and instead opted to grumble about something else.
“Because you make it so damn easy now get to work damn it!” Kou called over his shoulder as she sat back down at his own desk.
Miller glared at the back of the other mans head, but assented and took a seat back at his own desk to recommence his mind numbing boring review of local business records, a job he’d been luckily enough to secure when it was learned he had a bit of experience with accounting.
“You dragged me all the way out here for this?! Even the idiots the bureau hires could handle this!” Atuwe scoffed as Felix laid out exactly what they needed for him.
“Well yeah they could, but...” Felix trailed off cryptically.
“You don’t have a warrant and you can’t get one can you.” Atuwe finished his sentence for him affixing him with a mild glare.
“… Yeah pretty much.” Felix shrugged.
“You know that doing this is a felony then?” He asked pointedly holding his glare.
“So you’re basiclly asking me, as a member of an organization charged with enforcing the law, to commit a crime?”
“More or less.”
“You’re a terrible example of an officer of the law.”
After a few more seconds Atuwe blew out a sigh and slumped in his seat dropping the glare. “When do we start?”
“It’ll be night in about an hour, but I want to wait until he’s asleep so probably around midnight.” Felix responded gamely pleased at having secured his cooperation.
Sure it was wildly illegal, but hell O’Neil had appointed him knowing full well how he was and couldn’t have seriously thought slapping a uniform on him would change that. Shit he probably
him to do this kind of thing in fact it might be why he did it to start with. Considering all that it was extremely unlikely he’d care or that they’d be punished for this what with the General being a rather big proponent of the ends justifying the means. Besides this would hardly be the first felony he’d committed at Felix or others behest, and some of those for considerably less noble motives…
nice on the salary of mid level administer at a backwater post.” Atuwe remarked suspiciously as he observed Filburn’s residence from there unmarked car parked across the street.
“Isn’t it just?” Felix replied expressing similar sentiments.
Atuwe didn’t reply immediately instead surveying the holographic displays before him. Said displays were all gibberish to Felix so he had little idea what precisely it was showing, at least until his partner finally informed him. “I’m not getting
wireless activity at all it’s
he just turns it off for the night…”
“Or he’s so paranoid he doesn’t use it to start with.” Felix supplied rather less generously.
“Quite, either way to set up the tap I’m going to have to make physically slice into the cables.” Atwue proceeded to pull a baklava over his head to go with his black sweat pants and sweater. “How do I look?”
“Like someone about to commit multiple felonies.”
“Nailed what I was going for then.” He shot back before grabbing his bag of tools and exiting the car “Back in a few I should be able to do what I need on the roof where the cable comes in without having to acutally go inside.” He informed him as he exited the vehicle.
“Just don’t fall off and die, it would be quite a pain for me to try and explain what the hell you where doing up there to start with!”
“You’re concern is touching.” Atuwe rolled his eyes before slamming shut the car door and simply waltzing across the street to his target. He quickly surveyed the premises from the outside laying low on the off chance a neighbor was still awake since this wasn’t official business they couldn’t have people phoning the police about weird prowlers without having to answer some rather uncomfortable questions… The survey revealed several possible access points to the roof, but all of them would have involved scaling the side of a building still slick from recent rain, not his idea of fun. Besides this wasn’t exactly his first break in and he had a hunch about an easier way. He headed for the deck in the backyard or more specifically
it. “Typical.” He remarked with distain as he located a 20 foot sectioned ladder simply laying there for the taking, had nice high grip rubber coated steps and everything.
Aided by this convenience he was safely and quietly atop the roof in minutes and shimmed his way over toward where the utilities entered from the pole on the street at the gable on the south end of the structure. He got down on his belly and leaned out over the edge to grab the cables about a foot below the edge of the roof sorting through them he quickly found the one he wanted and went for his wire cutters and severed the connection. This was an advantage of waiting for him to be asleep didn’t have to worry about keeping the connection intact while he worked. He now quickly spliced a small black box into the cable fitting it into a pair of ready ports on both ends. This would transmit anything coming over this line directly to him the user might notice a slight drop in speed, but not many people would go up onto the roof and check the line when they encountered such, besides the thing had a self destruct built in anyway he sent a signal and the entire thing would basiclly melt into a lump. He quickly spliced another one on the phone line and that was that with that the tap was ready he could monitor and hack into the lines remotely… someplace drier and warmer.
Heading back to the ladder he descended from the roof returned it to storage and jogged back to his waiting get away car. He was acutally feeling pretty good that was about enough excitement for him and it had gone off without a hitch. It seemed for once a job from these jokers really
been a simple easy thing with no strings attached. Now he could just go back crack the assuredly miserable protection on this guys computer copy everything and collect his pay check, get a few interviews, snap some pictures and be on his way. He was already thinking of titles for the piece he’d write with it all…
Temporary offices sometime later
“Did you get in?”
“What kind is stupid question is that?” Atuwe balked as he turned in his chair to regard Felix for a moment as he entered his temporary hacker cave. He quickly turned back to the five or so holographic displays before him a few seconds later and continued typing narrating as he went. “His electronic security was as feeble as his home security took me all of 10 minutes to blow him wide open. Right now I’m using information I pulled from his computer to try and back track and trace what and where he’s been going in the last few weeks.”
“Find anything interesting?”
“Well I’m not really sure what you’re looking for to begin with and you where rather vague on that count…”
“Well truth be told we aren’t quite sure either.” Admitted with a shrug.
“Well maybe I can help you out a bit, I’m no hot shot investigator, but I found this a
suspicious…” A new window popped up before Felix and his eyebrow went up as he surveyed it.
“Yeah I’d say this classifies as suspicious.” Irene deadpanned as she looked over the data with the rest of the senior members of the investigative team, or at least those no one felt would rat, in a small conference room.
“Almost 100,000 in anonymous bank fund transfers to a half dozen accounts in a half dozen banks with reputations for not asking questions in the last month.” Pixy whistled a bit. “Wish my paycheck had that many zeroes.”
“It’s sure as hell shady, but I busted a ring of artifact smugglers on this planet not ten weeks ago and they were was easily moving that kind of cash, he’s involved in
but is it what we’re interested in? That’s the question.” Irene pondered aloud.
“Only one way to find out…” Felix remarked with a casual shrug.
“Bring him in.” Irene nodded in agreement it was time to renew there chat with Mr. Filburn.
“I feel the need to note this evidence is all illegal and would be useless in court.” Atuwe cut in blandly.
“Yeah, but a confession wouldn’t be and he need not know
exactlywe seem to know all about his little side business.” Felix answered dismissively.
“Quite after all deception is a time honored tool in police investigations.” Irene heartily agreed and Pixy nodded in support.
“I need to revise an earlier statement; you’re
terrible examples of law enforcement officials.” Autwe sighed rubbing his temples slightly at the group’s brazen disregard for any pesky laws and civil rights that happened to get in the way of “justice”.
The suspect wasn’t exactly difficult to find and he was apprehended and brought in for questioning without incident within a hour or so. Of coruse he protested the senseless invasion of his privacy and abuse of police power to harness him, but he also seemed rather eager to clear his name and so had come along voluntarily. They then proceeded to stick him in an interrogation room to stew for the better part of another hour while Felix and Irene discussed tactics a bit finally decided that it would be better for him to question him if for no other reason then him being rather more scary and the mutual feeling this guy wasn’t used to interrogations and so could likely be pushed around fairly easily, and size would help with that.
“What is this about? I already told you I don’t know anything if you keep insisting on harassing me I’ll—“ The subject began rather indignantly when Felix finally decided to enter the room.
no need to get testy.” Felix went straight for the throat and struck decisively referring to him by the name listed on one of his overseas bank accounts. His subjects face paled visibly at this and he promptly shut up as Felix pulled out a chair and casually plopped himself down and then leaned forward slightly staring the smaller man down. “That’s better, now let’s
“He’s good.” Irene observed with a smirk.
“Oh yes.” Pixy matched her expression.
“How did you---?” He began now beginning to visibly sweat unlike many of Felix’s subjects he clearly wasn’t welled versed in interrogation he hid his reactions poorly and already seemed to be crumbling, this wasn’t going to take long. Felix bore in not even allowing him to finish his question instead cutting him off in mid sentence. “Maybe a little birdie told me, but truthfully for you right now
isn’t the most important thing it’s
“What you mean?” He asked unsure.
“He’s not being nearly as chummy with this guy as the last one…” Vita observed idly.
“He has this guy by nuts and he’s not nearly as used to being interrogated as most criminals it seems like he’s decided to just put the screws too him.” Irene observed passively.
“I’ve read over your files talked to people about you and I don’t think you’re the sort of guy to knowingly get involved in something like this, but then if you don’t clear it up I’m going to have to assume the worse…” Felix remarked idly leaving what exactly he was involved in purposely vague hoping he’d fill in the blanks in his head.
Filburn fidgeted more now he was clearly getting the impression this was not about simply arranging for a dig site to be abandoned for a day or two so some smugglers could pillage it… Besides they knew about the money so what was the use of denying it anymore? “I--I was having financial problems I needed the money all I did was juggle some paperwork so that a ‘clerical error’ would cause two of the dig sites to be empty for a weekend so they could loot it without worrying about being seen.”
“Is that what they told you?” Felix commented idly leaning back in his seat.
”Nothing, nothing.” He waved it off. “I’m not an unreasonable man Mr. Filburn like I said I don’t think you’re involved in this by design, but like I said if I can’t prove that well… I’m just going to have to assume to worse just incase and to keep the public safe, you understand that right?”
“I-- What do you want?” He caved completely.
names, faces, dates and screw with me and I
.” Felix responded authoritatively.
“Whatever you want.” He answered nervously.
“Right then let’s start from the beginning…” Felix responded casually leaning back in his chair and preparing to have to listen what was likely to be a long and drawn out story.
“Well?” Irene asked as Felix emerged from the interrogation room and joined up with the rest of the group; Filburn meanwhile was hauled off by a pair of local officers in handcuffs.
“I don’t think he’s a member of our target organization.” Felix responded watching the suspect hauled off he said nothing and merely looked mopey as he went, it was kid of pathetic really. “If you ask me he didn’t know shit he was just a useful but clueless dupe for whoever these guys are.”
“I don’t think so either after watching him crumble like a house of cards in all of five minutes.” She concurred with just a hint distaste at how easily he’d rolled over. “Now the question is are these guy’s really just smugglers and or looters?” She pondered aloud as they headed off back toward there temporary offices.
“It’s hard to say, but something about the entire set up he described stinks to me.” Felix remarked ideally. “As he said from what he can tell that site is of little value to any serious looter it has nothing really valuable on the open market that you could easily carry off and sell.”
“Being a looter doesn’t make you smart or knowledgeable they could just be stupid and have picked a bad target.” Irene played devils advocate.
“Or they aren’t acutally after something to sell.” Felix countered.
“But then the question becomes what the hell
they going to all this trouble to try and get?”
“Place is littered with ancient ruins who knows what might be buried here.” he responded.
narrows it down.” She rolled her eyes slightly.
“Well I’m not an archeologist, but I’m just saying there could be
.” He shot back grumpily.
“Or like I said they could just be clueless thieves that seems rather more probable then them having intelligence on some kind of dangerous buried artifact…”
“But what if they
“Even assuming these guys
have that we have no way to link them to our target it could be an entirely different group.” She countered.
The back and forth between them continued as the group walked the halls toward there office.
“I’m bored.” Pixy suddenly announced out of the blue to on one in particular.
“Join the Club.” Vita responded glancing back at the still yakking pair in the lead. “They sure have allot to say about nothing…” she added as she attempted to following the meandering conversation.
“Eh? Oh I don’t even hear it anymore really in one ear and out the other.” Pixy remarked idly.
“That’s really not something you should go around announcing.” She sweat dropped slightly not being entirely sure
the hell she ought to respond to that spur of the moment admission.
“Well maybe that hacker friend of yours could turn something up he’s supposed to be hot shit right?” Irene finally purposed as they group neared there destination.
“Eh, why the hell not?” Felix agreed as they arrived back at the office and headed inside. As luck would have the man of the hour was already present idly typing away on something or other. “Atuwe! Just the man we wanted to see!” Felix announced merrily as he strode over to him in grandiose fashion.
“What do you want?” The hacker paused and turned to face the newly returned annoyance.
“How existential, indeed what does anyone
want?” Felix pondered aloud after a moment of faux contemplation.
“I’m really not in the mood so just spit it out.” Atuwe sighed wearily.
“Well it’s nothing for someone of your caliber really…” Felix began nonchalantly.
“It’s still gonna cost you extra whatever it is.” Atuwe cut him off with a rather blunt declaration.
“Oh come on don’t be a stubborn bitch!” Felix dropped the act and reverted to bastard mode as the pair quickly entered into full blow haggling.
“Hey, hey.” Pixy half whispered to Vita as the pair watched the spectacle from near the door.
“What?!” She responded irritably, but maintained a similar volume as she turned slightly to face him.
“Wanna go out back and try to find some stuff to break?” He inquired earnestly.
All this earned him in return for several seconds was a disbelieving stare partly at the diea itself, but mainly in the manner he’d delivered it. “What are you twelve?!” She finally responded incredulous.
“Come on it’ll be fun!” He prodded her basiclly ignoring her response.
Again there was several seconds of silence as Vita glanced around the room several times and noted no one paying any attention to them with all eyes instead focused on the mild row going on in the middle of the room. Several more seconds passed before she finally spoke. “Let’s go before anyone notices, and no one hears about this!” She hissed and after getting a nod in response they both fled the room quickly, but quietly.
The combatants at the center of the room where oblivious to loss of part of there audience though and the posturing and bickering between Felix and Autwe continued. The later was being perhaps a tad unreasonable, but the former was being a total ass so really neither had much high ground as of yet…
Alright this is getting us no where let me handle this…
Irene suddenly broadcast telepathically.
I don’t see how you’re going to do better I’ve know him for years. He’s just being emo and bitchy because girlfriend broke up with him right now he’ll give in; eventually…
Felix replied trying to brush her off.
I’ll get it done faster trust me I’ve got something going for me you don’t.
Felix asked mildly curious, but he got no reply as she instead pushed him aside and took the fore in the negotiations.
really sorry to being asking you to do all this and inconveniencing you I’m sure you quite busy, but it’s just that you’ve been
helpful and this little favor would
help us we’d
owe you one if you could do this for us, but we’ll understand if can’t.” While spewing all this she had moved in considerably closer then was really necessary to simply speak to him in addition to playing up the cutesy to an almost absurd level batted eyelids and all. It was acutally quite sickening.
“Well I suppose… it’s not like I can leave until tomorrow at the earliest anyway.” And also depressingly effective. “But this is it!” He added in a huff.
appreciate it!” Irene pretty much
and Felix had to suppress his gag reflex.
“Yeah well... I guess I should get to work on that.”” He announced with a slight blush before he quickly averted his gaze back to the screen he’d been working at before.
Christ could you lay it on any thicker? Maybe you should have grabbed his arm and pressed your chest against it.
Well I considered it, but then what would I do the next time I need to dupe him into something? He’s proving awfully useful so I’m trying to string him along for as long as possible…
You’re one evil manipulative little bitch…
Why thank you.
“I’m hungry, lunch?” Felix dropped the telepathy and resumed normal conversation.
“Sound’s good.” Irene affirmed.
“So you ask me a favor then just ditch me?!” Atuwe cut in indignantly.
“Aren’t you the same guy that’s always bitching for us to leave you alone as that’s how you work best?” Felix shot back catching him in his own hypocrisy as that was indeed something he’d said
“Err.” The comeback caught him flatfooted.
“Well bring you something back.” Irene put in more diplomatically as the pair wandered out of the office leaving him alone inside.
“No damn respect, I get no damn respect.”
After enjoying a pleasant and agreeable lunch Irene and Felix swung back to the office about two hours later to find Atuwe basiclly in the same place they’d left him, and Felix felt it was unlikely he’d acutally moved from that spot for the duration of there absence. He was oblivious to either his of Irene approach at least until the former made there presence known. “Find anything yet?” he asked casually leaning in beside him to get a good look at the screen in front of Atuwe. Most of it was gibberish though part of it was filled with several slides that looked to be from security cameras.
Atuwe largely ignored Felix as he’d learned was the best method when he didn’t want to deal with him and continued typing even as he began to narrate his actions thus far. “As you asked and out of the kindness of my heart I’ve done a search of all the locations Filburn said he met his contacts. Most of them are pretty public places restaurants, parks, etc.” The main screen before them shifted showing a map of the city that was suddenly marred by a series of bright red dots at several points marking where these meetings had occurred.
“Makes sense.” Irene remarked passively and nodded for him to continue.
“Anyway I cross referenced that with all know security cameras in those areas.” The screen shifted again showing a multitude of yellow dots all around the larger red ones. “Then I checked which ones transmitted to a monitoring center and which ones went to tape.” A fair number of the dots dropped away, but many still remained. “We can thank the lord for big business as one security firms basiclly owns this planet and nearly all of these cameras transmit there feeds to there monitoring center. “With some judicious use of bullshit and a bit of name dropping I was able to convince them to freely give me accesses to there record’s for the last month.”
“Once I had that I started running facial recognition software over the feeds looking for Filburn. Once I isolated the sections that had him in them I ran another sweep on those looking for anyone that appeared around him more then once.”
“Any hits?” Irene asked eagerly.
“I’m getting too that.” He responded irritably smacking a few more keys and bringing up several blown up images of a trio of men pull from the video. “Pictures are a bit grainy I know, but these guys three guys appeared at all the scenes. I ran the images through the databases for known Felons but got no hits; given the video quality though that doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t in there, but if they are we can’t ID them with this.”
“Dead end then…”
“Not quite.” Atuwe responded hitting a few more keys.
“Once that came out a bust I began reviewing the meetings individually, just watching them basiclly. I noted that at the first meeting there was a forth man, he never showed up again after that and he didn’t take part in the meeting itself, but he left with the others by car when it was over.” With one last triumphant key stroke he blew up the image of that man to fill the entire screen.
“Zubov.” Felix growled, but then his manner suddenly shifted as something dawned on him. “Why didn’t you just mention this
“You think I was going to do all that damn work and then just show you one damn picture, at which point you’d probably joke that I pulled it out of my ass and anyone could have found it!?” Atuwe shot back equally annoyed.
Irene cut it off before it could get any further though. ”Now
isn’t the time boys this is our proof the guys dealing with Filburn are
linked to the ones on Yuushou.”
“And if we believe him they’re probably going to be back here to do…
at that archeological site this weekend.” Felix added getting serious again.
“Come on, we don’t have much time.” She commented gravely gesturing for Felix to follow her out of the room which both quickly did.
“You’re Welcome! And where was that food you promised!” Atuwe yelled indignantly as they vacated the room.
“Sorry we owe you one!” Irene shouted back from outside.
“God damn it!“ Atuwe swore after them but both his targets were already out of ear shot.
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