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The Red Rat

 

"Am I a people person?" wondered the Rat, aloud. It was an interesting question. She was paranoid, in a sense. On the run, the life of a spy, head on a swivel. Deeply ingrained from so many pressures over so many years. The question made her think. 

 

"I'd like to be a people person" she replied, honestly. "I would like to trust. But sometimes, trust gets you killed. Or worse" she replied, just as honestly. "But I guess you have to put your faith in something, or somebody, or you end up cold and empty..."

 

"But I think what you mean is can I handle people. Sometimes. People aren't exactly predictable...but sure, I'm a spy. Of sorts. I can do the talking!"

 

"And I don't trust our employer either. We need to find out what this place is hiding. Are you with me? It may not be...exactly...legal..."

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While the others may have killed time with conversation the Black Mamba waited with the patience of a hunter of many decades, somewhere hard to be spotted but with an easy run towards any of the walls that he might need to smash through to get inside. Even as he did so Akhona linked to the internet, and some less obvious electronic boards, trolling for information even as she scanned the building very thoroughly.

 

A little while later her voice slid into the commiunicators of those in the 'team'.

 

++Seems there was a Dr. Tomas Rojero that may have been 'borrowed' from another company.  A big push in R&D through his acquisition means that he, or his research, might be the target. We also have a lot of radio proofing on the first floor and basement. Floor number five and the sub-basement are completly sealed off. Sadly that means we have two targets, sub-basement and floor number five, as far apart as can be just about.++

 

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Red Rat

 

Picking up on Akhona's communication signal was easy enough for SLAVE, and fortunately SLAVE was being helpful - or at least non-obstructive. It seemed the Soviet computer in her head was running smoothly; perhaps because it seemed they were fighting Capatilist corruption. 

 

++Interesting! Dr Tomas Rojero...we best keep a look out for him, or his reasearch...And even if there are two targets, that's a darn sight better than the whole building. I agree, anything sealed under that kind of shielding is going to be the target, or at least very likely to be...++

 

Of course, in the world of spycraft, be it political or corperate, it was always possible that false targets were put up, and the real target was in plain sight. But thinking too much like that was madness; one just had to keep an open mind. 

 

"Venom, lets try the fifth floor first" she whispered to the man himself. "Probably more exposed than the sub-basement. And keep your eyes peeled!"

 

 

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"sounds about right...lets go!" and with that he moved with remarkably more energy than he had yet displayed, it had all been part of his persona as venomax that he was lethargic and curt but now the hunt was on he raced forth like a striking scorpion or snake towards the cause of the action, it would add to his mystique...or so he thought, building a personal legend in this strange world he'd dove head first into was paramount to his success as a hero, the ability to strike fear into the hearts of criminals would be more potent than any venom and with far less....ethical questions involved too.

 

"elevator?" he asked, reasoning that whilst it would only take one use of a keycard to make the trip on the elevator it might've taken two uses by the stairwell...one to enter and one to leave! or so he thought.

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Venomax had it right. The fifth floor was quiet, but not dark. The hallways were lit. There were no visible windows. The hallways led to alcoves, in which the desks of secretaries sat silently. They were expensive; the kind of desk an executive in a different company might have for themselves. Behind these alcoves were doors with card scanners. There were only eight alcove and door combinations, and the corner ones were clearly the biggest on the inside.

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The Red Rat

 

"Eight choices...." whispered the Rat to Venomax. "And not a lot to choose from...."

 

She imagined the key cards they had would open the doors. Not a certain thing, but likely. But the cards only had a few "charges", and wild experimentation was a gamble at best. 

 

++Anokha...you picking up anything in the Ratcopter? Any chatter that might help? Fifth floor has eight sealed off rooms...and we don't know which one to pick....++

 

Not yet, anyway. 

 

She activated her green tinged cybernetic eyes. X-Ray vision, Infrared. Perhaps something would show up behind those mysterious doors! That is, unless they were lead-lined, which, knowing this corperation, was surely a possibility!

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Akhona adjusted all of the Ratcopters formidable sensors, combined them with her own and scanned as well as she spoke.

 

++I'm kind of hoping we won't have to choose. I'm simply trying to reduce the number of places we have to watch for when the attack happens. For now hold your position. I'm going to have Black Mamba slip into the basement and hang around in there. That way we have both areas covered with at least some kind of response force for when they attack. Then it's just a matter of waiting for the reinforcements to arrive....++

 

Her only concern, shared by her husband as he flew into the building again going through the rear door and into the basement level, was that the reinforcements wouldn't get there in time but they could only hope and they had multiple flying vehicles to use as back up if needed...even if they would be firing through walls.

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The Red Rat

 

Lead! They sure are paranoid!

 

Alert! Lead lined walling preventing Superior Soviet Scanning! commented SLAVE, unhelpfully although lamentably accurately. 

 

Her X Ray vision was effectively useless. Still, she thought, the mere fact that they had taken such precautions was interesting and telling. Something, surely, was up! 

 

More usefully, Infrared scanning did make out some blurred heat signatures of people working. She ignored the almost predictable activities of one of the offices (with two people engaging in what looked like carnal activiities). The interesting stuff, as far as she could see, was the corner office with three heat signatures, arguing something or another. They looked important. 

 

++Akhona, heads up...I'm getting imaging of three people arguing in the corner office in front of me....can you pick anything up?++

 

"Venomax, I think we should try the office in front of us..." she whispered carefully to Venomax. It was a calculated gamble, but in her mind everything was a calculated gamble right now. 

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Giving a silent nod of approval to this plan venomax takes a moment to rotate his gauntlets chambers with a soft click before advancing towards the office and sliding his card through the reader and rapidly pushing his way into the office with gauntlets raised and ready!

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The pacing man appeared vaguely Hispanic. The seated person was a female secretary. Behind the desk, obviously, was an executive. Male, of course. There was no nameplate on the desk. Evidently, if you were invited into this office, you knew who worked in it. Speaking of the uninvited, the sudden entrance of Venomax alarmed both the secretary and pacing man. The executive didn’t bat an eyelash. “I believe you have the wrong office.” His voice was deep and effortlessly commanding. “Unless you’re invaded my office to ‘acquire’ Mister Rojero here. In which case, you have ten seconds before I contact security.”

 

Meanwhile, downstairs by the entrance to the basement, Black Mamba was having an encounter of his very own. Her hair was red, her eyes were green, and she was very short. This did not stop her from being stocky and well muscled. The battlesuited hero could tell even through her tactical gear. Interestingly, despite appearing to be a member of facility security (uniform and all), she was unarmed. Not even a knife. “Oh, hey. Good timing. You gotta be one those, what do they call them, consultants.” She smiled disarmingly. “Can I borrow you for a minute? I’m supposed to be keeping an eye on things out here, but I have got to pee. Do a girl a favor?”

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Mamba froze as the woman spoke, his battle senses hummed something was up, or maybe it was too long in this old tin can waiting. With a raised eyebrow she couldn't see Black Mamba's scanner slid over her as he used the eye that the fates had left him to look her over, something was up and he was fairly sure there wasn't anyone in this messed up building that he would actually trust. Crossing his black and gold metal arms he asked,"Really? A security guard who needs to pee? And there are no restrooms close to your station and you don't have a partner? They cutting back on costs for security in this building they seemed pretty set on beefing up security not cutting back?"

 

Over the connection to Akhona he broadcast silently++Something up, I got a guard who suddenly needs to pee...seems a little off. Distraction? Bad infiltration attempt?++

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The redhead frowned. “I’m as human as the next girl. Everybody needs to go sometimes, or did you skip that lesson in school?” She wasn’t annoyed, per se. Just…smart mouthed. “As for my partner,” She pressed the transmit button on the radio on her belt. “James, are you done yet? I know they needed your help down there, but I need a relief here and this outside contractor’s being all suspicious.”

 

The voice of whoever James was crackled over the radio. “Sorry, Seryn. They needed some help in the magic lab. I could be a while.”

 

Seryn looked at Black Mamba. “You see what I have to deal with? He knows one of us is supposed to be up here at all times and yet when she calls, he comes running.” She pushed the button again. “Don’t blame me if something bad happens.” She looked at the battlesuited hero again. “Look, I’m not peeing myself for this guy. Either you’re watching the basement door for me or nobody is. I really don’t care.” She opened the door to downstairs. “Bathroom’s at the bottom of the stairs if you need me.” She went through the door.

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Red Rat

 

"Acquire him?" asked the Rat, faux-shock. "I don't think so!"

 

She stepped forward, boldly. 

 

"We believe he is a potential security threat. We need to investigate" she said quietly. "Now, the risk is low, but given the particular sensitivities of this operation, we must take every precaution, don't you agree?" she continued. 

 

"I am sure we don't want this to take any longer than necessary. Dragging out the process is a potential delay in risk management, thus itself being a risk. And it looks obstructive" she added. "Which I am sure you are not, of course..."

 

"So unless your business with Mr. Rojero is of immidiate time sensitive nature, which we would need explanation of, then we would just need to ask him a few questions..."

 

 

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Black Mamba sighed and nodded to her,"I'll cover, just make it quick." He kept his sensors tuned making sure he was still paying attention to what was going on.

 

He was still not pleased, there was something going on and he wasn't hapy about this kind of thing. Guard duty didn't suit him at all, he was an action man.

 

In the mean time Akhona was scanning the various frequencies available to her and the rat copter as she scanned for any kind of trouble.

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