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The Midnight Rondezvous
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Lynx (Admin)
  
Cyon, let the others know when they arrive based on when you're finished in the Matrix...whenever you're ready, they pull in.
Arrival
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Cyon
  
A knocking at the door awakens him. He stands quickly and goes to the door, looking out through the window to see who is there. He unbolts the door, unlocks it, and opens it to allow Maynard and Veronica to enter, "Welcome to my very humble abode."

They enter and he closes the door behind them, rebolting it. "If either of you need to use the bathroom, it is down the hall to the right, otherwise please join me in the living room." Cyon walks into the living room, and takes a seat on the couch next to the computer.

(If both of you join me, "So, what did either of you find out?" otherwise, "Once gets back we can discuss what we have each found out.")
Hello, Cyon
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Veronica Alder
  
Veronica parks her car in the nearest parking lot and walks to Cyon's house, taking the handgun from the seat beside her and sliding it into the top of her jeans, pulling her blouse down to cover the butt [of the gun].

She walks to the door and knocks several times, greeting Cyon with a very slight bow and a nod of the head. It's apparent that she's nervous as she glances several times into the darkness outside, and even rechecks the bolts on the door after Cyon has closed and locked it himself.

Following Cyon, she begins to pace, pulling absently at her hair.

Finally, in response to Cyon's question she speaks, "I have what we need from the club...but I think someone might have tried to follow me."
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Cyon
  
Cyon's eyes follow Veronica as she paces, "Were you followed to your house, or to mine? Did you lose them, or are you not sure? Could your car be bugged?" Cyon sighs, "I hope they didn't track you all the way here, I have very little prepared in my house to protect again intruders. The only thing I have is a back door." Cyon gives a wry laugh, "If we are actually found out already this was a very bad day." Cyon pauses for a moment, then continues, "However, nothing can be done about it, and I'm sure you were successful in losing anyone following you...so would you care to upload any information you have into my computer? A verbal description of anything you found out would be great too."

Cyon leanes forward and tap a piece of paper on the table, "Here is everything I've located so far, plus my compilation of all the information. We can add what you and Maynard have and then we can decide what to do. Also, while we are going over these things, maybe we can try to get ready just in case you were followed?"
Greetings
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Maynard Evers (Hunk)
  
Maynard gives Cyon a small wave and hurries to the restroom. Mountain Dew and bumpy motorcycle rides don't mix well...he joins the others shortly, looking much less anxious. He looks concerned at Veronica's statement about being followed. "From the club or from your house?"
Maynard
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Cyon
  
"So, Maynard, did you find anything, or nothing other than the name of that company?"
I don't know.
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Veronica Alder
  
"The car I saw didn't join me until after I was on my way here. However it was gone rather quickly...I'm not even certain I was being followed. It seems unlikely, so soon."

She sits down and takes the adapter for her datajack out of her pocket and screws it onto Cyon's computer cable, pressing the magnetic adapter to the base of her skull. Her eyes close for a moment, but she remains awake as the data transfers.

"I recorded everything inside the club, we should be able to get a match on at least some of Farrington's friends. The video should be uploaded shortly."

She leans back against the table and reaches for the papers Cyon indicated, reading them as quickly as she can, "Hmm. Interesting. You weren't able to find out what we're to be asked to do yet, I suppose?"
Unfortunantly Not
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Cyon
  
"Unfortunantly so far all I've been able to do is search on everything on the public nets, I've yet to move onto the private nets." Cyon waits as Veronica reads over the document and for the video to finish uploading. "Shall we play that video so everyone can see it and look for anything important?" Without waiting for a response Cyon continues, "What did you find that isn't on the video? Any insights on the club itself? Comments?"

If everyone wants to watch the video, Cyon plays it and leans back to watch, if not he listens to anything anyone says.
Let me see...
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Maynard Evers (Hunk)
  
Maynard takes the papers when Veronica has finished and talks as he reads. "O.E. Parker and Willard occupies the front-end of the building the Green Bat is in...all I know is that they're a real estate company and they make employees stay late." He finishes scanning the papers and sets them back on the table. "Not much else of interest in the neighborhood. Parking garage, cafe, various small offices..."
Hmm...
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Veronica Alder
  
Veronica stands up and pulls the line off her head, "Hmm. It seems David Kell isn't even real....but he does work for Alex Omar, at least, his real self does."

"I suppose it was in the interest of deniability. You found no link between him and Farrington, I hope?"

She unscrews the adapter and places it back into her pocket, "You know, I hope I was mistaken. If anyone followed me, our friend David must have been the one to arrange it."

Turning to Maynard she speaks again, "So what did you see above ground? I shall comment as the video plays with regard to what I saw..."
Response
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Cyon
  
Cyon nods, "Yes, they are a real estate agency, but a strange one where they don't seem to have, or be selling any property, (other than the building)...I haven't been able to find out anything about them more useful on the public nets, but everything I did find is in what you are reading."

"No, no link at all, but again, it would be easy to have any links on the public nets removed. I will find out more when I start looking over the private nets." Cyon plays the video now that everyone is ready.
The Video
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Veronica Alder
  
(OOC: This was written up with Lynx's help, so anything with regard to the video itself may be considered 'official'.)

Veronica leans over Cyon's shoulder as the video begins.

It shows her entry to the club, walking down a flight of stairs after checking with two bouncers and walking through the scanner at the entrance.

The image refocuses as her right eye closes to wink at one of the bouncers. Once inside it shows her walk across the dance floor.

Her vision pans the dias several times. The camera pauses for several seconds in a freeze frame here.

She turns to the others as the video is paused, "I locked a few moments here so you could use the footage on the Matrix. That's Farrington's booth."

She fast forwards a bit, "Here, take a look at this."

The video now shows the NE/NW corners of the room, where the security cameras pan back and forth, mounted in the corner where the wall meets the ceiling.

"We're going to need to do something about them. The pattern seems to cover just the crowd....the dias might be below their line of sight. He seems very confident in Drax's protection, for some reason."

The remainder of the video is relatively uninteresting, just rehashing what has been already shown.

Veronica leans forward and hits 'stop' at the point that she leaves the club, even though there's more to the video.

"I think several things stood out. The first was that the staff was, at most, armed with handguns. He's not expecting a riot in there. The bouncers, too, had no access to anything big."

She stretches, grimacing as the handgun jabs into her back. Taking it out she lays it on the table, "The camera patterns, too, indicate he's not particularly concerned. Why shouldn't he be?"

"But take a look at this..."

Veronica presses the play button again, which begins from the point that she looked back into the rear view mirror. It shows as a blue car makes one turn following her, but seems to become lost after the second, and is out of sight by the time she's onto the freeway.

"What do you make of it? No one picked me up after I left the parking lot. Could they have gotten lost that easily? We also need to remember that the only one who knows about us at this point is likely that fellow David...and why bother follow me?"

She sighs, beginning to pace but instead lapsing into a chair.



Maybe...
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Maynard Evers (Hunk)
  
Maynard leans back from the screen and glances at the gun Veronica set down. "Maybe...Farrington has some security measures that aren't visible. Or at least, aren't as obvious as big guns and cameras everywhere. He wouldn't want to scare away potential customers...as for the car, one turn was probably a coincidence. I can't say for certain, though. A really good driver could have realized what you were doing and broken off to avoid suspicion." He stretches a bit and yawns. "When are we going to send that e-mail? I don't know how much more our research can yield when we're not even completely sure what we've been contacted for."
Perhaps
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Veronica Alder
  
The gun appears to be a Colt Manhunter, unexceptional in every way from the norm, "You may be right, but if he has anything hidden it still isn't SWAT teams and turret guns. But I suppose if we need to take care of anything in there, Cyon can shut down the security system."

She sighs, "It seems that we're being hired to cause harm to either Farrington or his property...the details seem as if they will just expand upon that basis. Therefore, if that's the case, we must decide whether we will accept."
Decision
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Cyon
  
(OOC: Did we get the license plate or anything else that I can use to try and locate that car?)

"Well, it seems that the club is exactly what it seems, as in it has security measures eual to the possible danger it is in, which is not very much. I would say that either the club is more than it seems, in which case additional security measures are hidden then, or that the club is what it seems, and so is the entire situation, in which case the security we saw could very well be all that exists."

"In my opinion, things are more than they seem, and I'd like to look through some private nets before we actually do something. However, I have no problem e-mailing that LTG as it doesn't mean we will be doing anything, just getting more information once there is a response."

"I still wonder about that building he is in, and the company located in it. They seem very strange. I'm wondering if they forced the old owner to sell to one of their own so they could use the club as a "hidden" entrance of some form. I'm not sure what they would be bringing in, or out, that way, but the entire thing could be some front for smuggling, or anything else."

"I don't know if we can get some footage of more of the club. Maybe tomorrow, if we are still free to do so, Maynard can get some good clothes and he and Veronica can go back to the club. Maynard, you can be there to help in case anything goes wrong, and Veronica, if you can see if you can "convince" someone who works there to show you around."

"Also, when I go through the private nets I can probably get a good bit of information, including floor plans. I can get those from the news company, architect, or builders, so the club/real estate has no idea I'm looking. Anyway, I'd say that for right now I respond to them that we accept and we get some sleep."

"Maybe tomorrow Veronica and Maynard can go to the real estate looking for a new residence...we shall see I guess."
I concur
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Veronica Alder
  
Veronica stands and walks to the windows, looking out to the darkened streets outside, "I agree that we should make contact...but the purpose of said contact was to set up a meet. That's where we must be careful."

She turns back to the other two, walking slowly, "We can go back to the club, yes...But I think I recorded everything public. You're free to go back and take a look at the footage if you want, tell me if there's anything you'd like to see."

"My feeling is that there's more than meets the eye, but it isn't as deep as you're making it out to be."

With a sigh she begins to walk again, tugging at her hair. As she speaks her tone is rhetorical, "What the hell did Alex get us into."
Maynard?
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Cyon
  
"Maynard, any comments or opinions before we go forward with contacting whoever is really at that LTG?"
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Maynard Evers (Hunk)
  
"I just hope it's not a trap...is there anyone who would want to set you guys up? But...why would they bring Alex into it..." He sighs, "There's definitely something going on at that club besides dancing...something worth killing for."
We may just be over reacting
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Veronica Alder
  
"We may be over reacting to this. There's a dead man, true...but perhaps it really is as simple as Alex's club and the Green Bat competing for customers. I'm not suggesting it's a reason I would kill someone, but... How much money is involved, Cyon, do you know?"

"Even if this all is what it seems to be, do we really want to become involved in a hit?"
E-mail
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Cyon
  
Cyon looks at both of you for a moment, then responds, "I'd say we respond to that LTG. It doesn't mean we are doing anything, just getting information, and there is nothing to prove we were even involved in it if it comes to that. Maybe they are trying to set us up, but it doesn't look like it will be very successful yet."

Cyon stands and walks to the kitchen, "I'm sorry, my manners were lax, can I get either of you something to drink?"

Cyon gets himself a glass of water, gets a drink for anyone who asks for one, then continues, "If you will give me a moment, allow me to try and quickly find any information on the LTG we are supposed to e-mail, and the person at it, that H.J.Kobb. While I'm doing this, discuss anything else that you need to, and let me know what you think as soon as I'm back."
A soda, if you would?
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Veronica Alder
  
"Would you mind getting me a soda, Cyon? Anything is fine, thank you.
Cyon's Quick Foray
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Cyon
  
Cyon goes back to the couch, places his, Veronica's, and Maynard's (if there is) drink on the table and jacks into the matrix. He immediately searches on H. J. Kobb, H. Kobb, and the LTG related to him through all the public nets. Likewise, he looks into the time of Alex's death and the e-mail's creation.
Well, shall we?
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Cyon
  
Cyon places the cable back, and takes a sip from his water. He then brings up his "compilation" of the current information and adds all the new information from his recent search and also Veronica's video.

At the same time he tells them, "It seems the name doesn't exist in either H.J. Kobb or H.Kobb form, and the e-mail address is with a free provider and was created 3 days ago. It was created within 6 hours of when Alex was killed, but it may very well have been sooner. (The site updates every 6 hours, and the name was found in the midnight update, with Alex killed at 6:00PM.)"

He then saves it, prints out a new copy, and continues to say, "Well, it seems strange that the e-mail was created so close to when Alex was killed. I don't see that David Kell/Orin would have known so soon that he would need the e-mail for this. It took him, if I remember the conversation correctly, some time to look into it. The impression I got was he was recently done trying to get this done legally and had come to a dead end."

Cyon stands up and paces, "It seems that there is definetly something strange here, but I'm just not sure where it is coming from. This makes a little more sense in regards to you being follow, Veronica, as if David isn't as legit as he seems, and he is the only one to know about us, it explains you being followed."

Cyon sits back down, this time on the second chair, "I still say we respond to this Kobb fellow with an acknowledgement, but keeping it very generic. Once that is sent, I will enter the matrix and try to find some less than legal information while you two sleep. I can catch up while you are both in transit to wherever you may be going next."

"Also, I would prefer that we stay together as much as possible, just in case something happens, but that is up to you two. You are both very welcome to stay here. Veronica, you can use my bedroom while us guys stay out here."
A thought...
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Maynard Evers (Hunk)
  
"Perhaps Alex had been anticipating an attempt on his life for a while, and had prepared some instructions for Kell, to create the disk and find us. I agree that we should stay together. We'll be much safer."
A working hypothesis
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Veronica Alder
  
"I think we need to come up with a hypothesis that covers the facts, for now. We need to decide on a plan, even if it's a plan that requires changing later on."

"As it stands, Yosse Farrington had Alex Omar shot by Edgar Drax. David Orin then contacted us with regard to retaliation, using the alias Kell for personal safety."

"At least, that's what we've been told. Is there anything specific we can refute yet? While things seem odd, we have no 'hard evidence' so to speak."

"Do you really think Alex knew he was going to be terminated? The only flaw I see is, if he was aware, why wasn't he more cautious toward the end...and, if it was his wish to retaliate in an illegal manner if attacked, why not simply strike in advance?"

Veronica stretches her back with a sigh, "Staying together cannot hurt, though, I appreciate the offer of hospitality, that shall be more than adequate."
Hypothesis
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Cyon
  
"I cannot really think of anything to really cover what is happening yet. I can see the obvious possibilities, but if it isn't them, and some things don't mesh perfectly, I don't have any other choices. I figure basically we can assume we aren't safe from anyone right now and prepare based on that."

Cyon pauses for a moment to drink some water and to take his shoes off.

"I say we either send the e-mail right now, or, since we have 12 hours, you two can sleep while I get more information and then we decide."

(OOC: I have been working with Lynx on the matrix run, so if we do that, I can post it, with Lynx, immediately.)
We may as well wait
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Veronica Alder
  
"I'm in favor of waiting to make contact...afterall, right now, they want to see us, we may as well retain at least that advantage.

She picks up her soda and drinks a bit more of it, "Alright then, I'll leave you to your work...I am to use your room, then?"
Agreed
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Cyon
  
"Yes, my room is fine, Veronica. Feel free to use anything you find in my room, and sleep well. Maynard, I shall use one of the chairs for what I'm doing, so you may have the couch, if that is ok. I will grab an extra pillow and blanket from my room for you, if Veronica will give me one moment."

Cyon stands and leaves the room for a moment, returning with a pillow and blanket in hand. He lays them on the top of the couch. He returns to a chair after getting the cable for jacking into the matrix.

"Anything else before you two get to sleep and I have my own form of sleep?"
Midnight snack
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Maynard Evers (Hunk)
  
** EDITED August 30, 2001, 8:13 pm **

Maynard spreads the blanket out on the couch and sets the pillow at one end. "Ok, so we'll wait to send the e-mail? That may be best...damn, this has been a long day...carte blanche on the kitchen, Cyon?" Maynard pulls off his sneakers. "Kell or Orin or whoever he is mentioned something about Alex's successor, didn't he? Did Alex ever mention an assistant or apprentice or right-hand man to you?"
To bed, then.
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Veronica Alder
  
"No, thank you, you'd better get to work, Cyon."

"Letting him know tomorrow morning is better, anyway...leave him hanging for a bit longer. So long as he's waiting to hear from us we're temporarily in a superior position."

Veronica walks to the table and takes up her gun, "Alright gentlemen, have a nice evening. Let me know if hitmen with ski masks show up during the night, yes?"

She walks into Cyon's bedroom where she sets down her soda and gun on the nightstand and sits on the bed, removing her shoes and socks. Reaching down, she straightens her shoes so as to be parallel to the bed, and places her socks within them.

She searches around for a clean pillow, if finding one, uses that, otherwise simply removes Cyon's and lays down without a pillow.

Despite the day's stress she falls almost immediately into a very deep sleep.
Matrix
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Cyon
  
(OOC: Yes, there are clean pillows, I'm well-stocked comfort wise, just not for defense.)

"Maynard, you have free run of the house, except the bedroom of course."

Cyon places the cable into the plug on the back side of his head and closes his eyes. He is laying back in a very relaxed fasion so he isn't uncomfortable when he wakes up.
Cyon's Return
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Cyon
  
Cyon leans forward from the chair, stands, and replaces the cable. He stands up and stretches, a few little groans as he does so. Retrieving his shoes, he brings them into the kitchen and sets them down out of the way. He gets himself a mug milk and heats it. He brings this with him back to the chair where he sits down, remembering he forgot to get himself a pillor or comfortor.

He sighs, looks around for a minute, then goes to the bathroom and gets a couple towels which he wraps into a pillow. He brings this back with him, and puts the chair back as far as it will go. Placing the makeshift pillow behind his head, and cradling the milk, he closes his eyes. The only thing showing he is awake is a sip taken from the mug every once in a while.

Finally, he puts the mug down on the table, and lays back in the chair again. He falls asleep shortly after, around 2:15.
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