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In Nomine Alain

 
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A L Bertand
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 12:06 pm    Post subject: In Nomine Alain Reply with quote

April 16

Annie-Love brooded behind her desk in the Tower. Beyond the glass walls of her office, the Division was a hive of activity that morning, a contrast to the still quiet that reigned where she sat. She spun the House DeMuer signet ring Alain had given her that morning around and around on her index finger, three times clockwise, three times counter-clockwise, three times clockwise; if there was some charm attached to the heavy gold piece, she was surely winding it up to a pitch. Her thoughts circled with it.

“If they’ve decided to flee, even with just Indra on the loose, we could all be in serious trouble.”

“Why?”

"If they stay in RhyDin we've got a good idea of where they are. If they don't, someone else could find them first, far away from her usual network of security and support, and capture her or take her out."

"I'll see what I can find out. I haven't been invited by, you understand."

"I can give you Sir Malcolm, Sir Clovis, and a Division field team. Naturally my knights are not to know of your true role in my organization, so you will claim to be my representative. They can be your eyes and ears."

"You don't think they'll notice, if they suddenly have extra shadows?"

"They know what happens when any of us get too close. I'd prefer not to, but if they're hiding we should try to find out where they are. And as much as it pains me to say it, intercede on their behalf if they're discovered by Indra."

“I'll put some people on them, at a distance, if they're still around. And if they've left, we'll try to figure out where they've gone. You do know they might not be on RhyDin anymore."

“That’s what I’m afraid of.”


She was brought back to the present by a knock on her door. Behind her, the previously blank wall was covered in photographs and scrawled notes, lines connecting events or sightings. It was a jumble of research analysis, and she was close – she knew she was close – to figuring out something important that was eluding her at present. Some motivation, some driver. It was almost there. Her elusive thoughts framed her where she sat.

On the other side of the glass, a surveillance team leader she remembered as Hugh-something waited for her to answer the knock. She crooked two fingers and he came in.

“Bailey sent me over and said we have an assignment? And I’m supposed to tell you that the knights you asked for will meet us at the S.P.I. offices at one, “ he hesitated. “What’s going on?”

“All at the same time,” she shook her head. “If your team’s ready, meet me downstairs in fifteen and we can ride over together. DeMuer wants us to handle something for him.”

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(Flashback conversation extracted from live play between A.L. Harper and Alain DeMuer, with thanks)
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A L Bertand
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Six days never felt so long.

It was clear from the first that no one was staying at the house. By the time Clovis reported in at nine the next morning, S.P.I. had located an elderly, neighboring couple willing to entertain ‘relatives from out of town’ – a pair of field agents tasked with keeping a discreet eye on the place. The host couple didn’t know why their guests were there and were paid handsomely not to speculate.

In the meantime, the rest of the crew was split between running a small rental office above an all-night laundry just up the street from Gira Pharmaceuticals and a reunion getaway at the Throne of Saturn and the adjoining hotel. The two knights rotated between the surveillance points.

“We’re going to have to start looking outside the city,” Malcolm insisted, after the fourth day. “We can’t keep the crews where they are much longer, especially at the casino.”

“Send in a couple on a long anniversary weekend, then.” Harper flipped through the reports for the third time that morning, frowning glumly at “no sighting” after “no sighting” though out the parsings. “Pull the guys out the next morning. You don’t want switch to coincide too closely.”

“And the laundry?” he pressed.

“Get your shirts done. It’s an office – it doesn’t make sense to swap out staff. Just tell them to keep their heads low and look like they’re working,” she dug the pads of her fingers into the ridge between her eyes and glanced up at him over her glasses. “For a few more days, anyway. I just have this hunch they’ll show up by the end of the weekend. If they don’t, then we’ll regroup and go from there.”
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