The Notary just looked at them and sighed.
Tue May 19, 2015 19:18

Oooh, but that boy knew how to treat a lady right.

She focussed her brain, quite violently, and when her ears stopped ringing from the slap she sat down and filed the forms. They were, true to his word, absolutely perfect, and there was a frisson of excitement about her as her plan kicked in.

Later that evening, one of the DIA internal security devices activated, and the Guardsman's laser screwdriver vanished with a small pop as the miniature hyperspace motivator activated. A few seconds later, it was replaced with an IOU in a travel tube and details of how to get a temporary replacement until another Insert Agent Item Here could be made permanently available.

Then the next set of Circumstance forms kicked in, and the screwdriver made its way steadily to DoSAT and Alex Dives. This was where the Notary shone; at the stroke of a pen, so to speak, the paper trail became thoroughly occluded. You'd have more chance of untangling where mob profits wound up than finding the device if you used the paper trail alone. Of course, this wasn't a perfect plan, if one used detective work, but it gave enough time for Dives to have his fun.

She tracked it indirectly, through the ripples it made in the formsphere, and when it arrived at DoSAT she punched the air and resolved to buy the human something tasteful. Some flowers, perhaps, properly arranged.

The look on the Grunt's face was going to be priceless.

  • Later that day...Iximaz, Tue May 19 19:06
    The Notary would find the forms, perfectly filled out in triplicate, sitting nearly stacked on her desk in her RC. A sticky note on top of the stack read " See? I told you it would be easy. —Alex "
    • The Notary just looked at them and sighed. — Scapegrace, Tue May 19 19:18
      • The Guardsman slammed the drawer shut.SeaTurtle, Tue May 19 20:06
        • Whistling "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" to himself, he turned it on and bent over his ice gun, intent on finally making that last modification to the melt settings and blissfully unaware... more
          • A portal popped into existence outside of DoSAT.SeaTurtle , Tue May 19 20:33
            The Guardsman and Terabyte stepped though it, closing the portal behind them. The nodded to each other and pushed the doors open. After presenting their DIA identification to Tess and explaining the... more
            • Alex's eyes went huge.Iximaz, Tue May 19 20:39
              "I g-got it from the Notary," he stammered, looking between Terrabyte (who looked like nothing he'd ever seen before) and the still-shaken Guardsman. He swallowed. "If I was doing anything I wasn't... more
              • "Don't sweat it, son," said the Guardsman.SeaTurtle, Tue May 19 21:27
                "Let this be a lesson to you. I don't know exactly what you did but you gave the Notary a chance, right? Showed her what it's like not to be despised all the time? Well, look what she does with your... more
                • "Alex Dives. I'm an intern here." He sighed and ran a hand through his hair. "I'm so sorry about the screwdriver, if I'd known... shoulda listened to my sister, she likes to rant about the Notary.... more
                  • Terabyte waved its hand in the air.SeaTurtle, Tue May 19 21:46
                    " No, don't be sorry. Tales of the Notary are always outlandish by nature. Their scale and audacity are comical, if somewhat aggravating. It makes one wonder why she's pulling off these stunts in the ... more
                    • "Maybe she likes the attention?"Iximaz, Tue May 19 21:53
                      Alex shrugged, looking sheepish. "Sorry, can't really help you there. I'm good with machines, not people." He glanced over at the Guardsman. "Um, Mister, I'm really sorry... is it okay? The... more
                      • "It's fine."SeaTurtle, Tue May 19 22:00
                        The Guardsman returned the screwdriver and its battery to his pocket. "Thank god. This little beauty saw me through the worst battles of the War. Second battle of Skaro, the Aether incident, the... more
                        • "Um, nothing..."Iximaz, Tue May 19 22:05
                          Alex gnawed his lip in a manner reminiscent of his sister. "I mean, I offered to repair her staser if it ever needed it, but that's it, really."
                          • The Guardsman shook his head. "You're sure you didn't do anything else? The DIA confiscation system isn't triggered very often-- you need special permissions and such for that."
                            • "But it was all about rights to handle her staser and repair it and whatnot, I read the fine print." Alex shrugged, looking helpless. "I have no idea how this happened."
                              • "Well, I do."SeaTurtle, Tue May 19 22:46
                                "If you want to repair some of the best tech in the galaxy, you need the best tools... hence the laser screwdriver. I see. Very sneaky." He nodded. "Tell you what. It's a shame you got dragged into... more
                                • "Oh, wow, would you really? Rina got me a laser spanner, but it's got urple light, and, well, you know Sue tech is nothing compared to an honest-to-God laser screwdriver! " Alex actually hugged the... more
                                  • And that was when Rina came bursting in.Iximaz, Wed May 20 11:18
                                    "Alex!" she yelled, running over. "Don't take anything she gives you, she—!" She pulled up short when she saw Terrabyte and the Guardsman. "Oh balls."
                                    • The Guardsman blinked in surprise.SeaTurtle, Wed May 20 14:03
                                      Terabyte raised a hand. " Greetings. A pleasure to see you here, Miss Dives. No need to worry about Emiranlanoamar, everything is under control. " The Guardsman rolled his eyes. "Well, yeah. You... more
                                      • Rina demanded. "At what point does she cross the line? Because it seems like she's crossed a lot." Alex grinned. "Yours looks fantastic, really. I can make minor tweaks to the design if I later want... more
                                        • "Oh she has definitely crossed the line."SeaTurtle, Wed May 20 15:18
                                          "We're just waiting for Personnel to investigate. It's... just taking a long time. The Notary must be running interference like mad to cover her tracks," said the Guardsman. " If you're interested in ... more
                                          • "You know..."Iximaz, Wed May 20 15:34
                                            "I can probably take a peek into her console when I go on my maintenance rounds," Alex said. "Shouldn't be too hard for me to check out what's going on." He looked at Terabyte and grinned. "I... more
                                            • Terabyte turned towards Alex.SeaTurtle, Wed May 20 16:02
                                              " Firstly: we do not go around and illegally download information from other agents' consoles. PPC Code of Conduct, Section XXII, Paragraph V, 'On the Privacy of Agents'. Punishable by a hefty fine... more
                                              • Alex held his hands up in surrender.Iximaz, Wed May 20 16:10
                                                "Fine, fine, I'm sorry, I won't go snooping." Alex grinned at the Guardsman. "And nah, I'm not scared of the Notary, unlike R-" He cut himself off, looking guilty. "Oops." "She doesn't scare me,"... more
                                                • "Really? She scares me."SeaTurtle, Wed May 20 19:14
                                                  Terabyte turned towards the Guardsman. " Are you joking? " "No. She wages this little bullying campaign of hers for no reason other than the fact that I know that she was not completely a horrible... more
                                                  • Rina was silent for a long moment.Iximaz, Wed May 20 20:39
                                                    Hearing that the Guardsman was afraid of the Notary... it made her suddenly feel a lot better. She wasn't the only one. "Hey, I don't know. Turns out I barely know the lady, so I'mm useless to you,"... more
                                                    • "Well, we gotta live with her."SeaTurtle, Wed May 20 22:21
                                                      The Guardsman shrugged. "Poop happens, I guess. Well..." He looked from Rina to Alex. "Sorry for disturbing your work but I really needed that screwdriver back. I'll get working on your screwdriver... more
                            • ((Blast. *offer)) (nm)SeaTurtle, Tue May 19 22:12
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