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SeaTurtle
The Guardsman slammed the drawer shut.
Tue May 19, 2015 20:06
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"WHERE IS IT?" he bellowed to nobody in particular. "MY SCREWDRIVER! IT'S GONE! AND THEN THERE'S THIS NOTE ABOUT HOW TO GET A FRIGGIN' REPLACEMENT! I DON'T WANT A REPLACEMENT! I SURVIVED THE WAR WITH THAT THING! I MADE MODIFICATIONS TO IT! IT'S MINE! IT'S MINE AND IT'S GONE!"

"So we noticed," grumbled Naya, walking around the cluttered RC with her Omni-tool in the air. "Calm down. We can trace the recall tag--"

"NO WE CAN'T!" yelled back the Guardsman, rifling though another desk drawer. "SHE DID THIS! SHE KNOWS HOW TO MAKE THINGS DISAPPEAR! I'M NEVER GOING TO SEE IT AGAIN!" He paused to wipe his tears with his sleeve and violently kicked his workbench. "GOD DAMN IT! SHE JUST TAKES THINGS AWAY FROM YOU AND YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT! ALL OF THIS BECAUSE I COMMENTED ON A PICTURE! A PICTURE, NAYA! I WAS MAKING CONVERSATION! I WASN'T INSULTING HER OR DOING ANYTHING TO HER! I TRIED BEING HELPFUL! I TRIED GIVING HER A CHANCE! BUT IT JUST BITES ME IN THE ASS, RIGHT?"

Terabyte's mobile platform cautiously approached its partner. It extended a hand towards the Time Lord. "Emiran," said Terabyte.

The former soldier whirled around and looked at Terabyte. He paused to take a deep, shaky breath and wiped his nose. "Yes?" The geth took an end of the glowing red scarf it got from the gift exchanged and gently dabbed at the Guardsman's eyes. "The isomorphic controls are still there, yes? You have nothing to fear. As soon as the thief will attempt to operate the screwdriver you'll receive a notice. Remember?"

The Guardsman stood still for a moment, then let his shoulders slump. "Right. I forgot about those." He sighed. "Yeah. Any second now we'll get the email. Thanks."

Terabyte pulled the Guardsman into a hug. "She will provoke you. You will not take the bait. You will be prepared and you will respond appropriately." The Guardsman returned the hug. "You're right, of course. Thanks."

Naya smiled and patted Terabyte on its shoulder as she walked past the pair. "I'm stepping out. I'll go and file a formal complaint against the Notary through Central: we've got enough interactions with her to warrant action from the higher-ups. Catch you two later!"

"Bye," said the Guardsman as the quarian left the RC. He wiped his eyes again ("No, TB, you don't need to get your scarf dirty-- I'm fine!") and made his way to his seat in front of the Console. He opened his email and refreshed the page. The Guardsman squinted at the screen.

One new message. Isometric controls report unauthorized use at coordinates... aha. DoSAT. Terabyte tapped his partner's shoulder. The Guardsman turned around and saw Terabyte handing him his tricorn hat. "Shall we?" asked the geth. The Guardsman took his hat.

"Let's roll."

- - -

((Very sneaky. I'd hate to be the Guardsman: his laser screwdriver is is little pride and joy. It's pretty much achieved the role of practical good-luck charm in his eyes. Well played, Notary. Well played.))

  • The Notary just looked at them and sighed.Scapegrace, Tue May 19 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... more
    • 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, sheŚ!" 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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