Topic: Phantasm, Office - Deck 5

OOC: Some images of the office:

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Alex in the office

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Kris doing Alex's hair while he gives an associate a stern talking-to. The man at the back of the room incidentally is Chow, the accountant.


Continuing from posts 104/105 of Phantasm thread:


Michael Aker wrote:

IN THE OFFICE OF PHANTASM

(OOC: Did you mean Chow is in the room? Because if so then please disregard this. /OOC)

-Quentin Doulos-

Quentin looked around the office with obvious curiosity.
"Not bad at all, Alex. Quite a place you've got yourself here."
Quentin was quiet for a moment. There was nothing compromising outwardly about the room, no tell-tale ashes or shredded paper. He weighed his options, finally deciding to go for the indirect approach.
"I've been meaning to ask.There's something that's been bothering me for a while, nothing to do with our business at hand-" Liar, liar, dies afire. "-but you know how these things go. If I may be perfectly honest for a moment. I can't for my life understand how a smart man with your talents ends up on Greenleaf having to tend the bar at his own two-bit night club - no offense, but the Skyplex is hardly Londinium."

OOC: Nope, just us in here. I mentioned Chow only because he's in one of the photos.

Ash

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"Personal preference," Alex replied, easily, moving behind the desk and indicating Doulos should sit. "I was born a spacer," he said. He didn't volunteer anything further, though, nor did he ask a question of his own. Letting Doulos speak was right now by far his best means of gathering intel and getting a feel for the man opposite him.

- Alex

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OOC: I've messed up things royally. I'll mail you, so here I'll be content with a simple sorry. If you're still interested in continuing this thread, what about treating it as a flashback, in order not to derail the chronology further?

IC:

-Quentin Doulos-

Quentin nodded, frowning slightly. "I hear you. The Black sits better with some men than others. Sometimes a bit too well in my experience. Makes it hard to stop once you've been there, doesn't it? Hard to leave it behind. Even harder to make it let go of you sometimes..."
The man and his whiskey accomplice was getting to Quentin, loath though he was to admit it. You'll have plenty of time to be drunk and nostalgic once this business is done and over with. Get on with it already, will you?
"But I guess that's neither here nor there, huh? Sorry. I didn't mean to waste your time any more than necessary. I understand you have had quite the year thus far... have you been able to keep up with the paperwork?"

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OOC: Glad to have you back. I'm sure you and Ash can figure out how to handle this effectively. We can handle much of the conversation with Scarlett in her office the same.

-Kevin

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OOC: Thanks Kev. I'm working on that convo right now. I think that's the easiest way to avoid those pesky time paradoxes.

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OOC: Agreed, my main thought is how glad I am you're back. I waited about as long as I possibly could before bringing Alex back out into the main Phantasm thread, and it just would happen that you come back right afterwards.

We'll have to be mindful of the need to get Alex out of this meeting in time to return to the Phantasm thread when he does, and you may also want to bring Quentin back on camera somewhere else in the present timeline too.

Ash

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"We're sticklers for timeliness here," Alex responded, "nothing comes before the books." If he was making a rude joke, his earnest demeanour didn't imply it.

"We employ a very capable accountant," he added sincerely, producing the attractively bound folder and books from a cabinet and laying them on the desk. He didn't need to state Chow's plenteous credentials at this stage, it was enough to let Doulos infer.

- Alex

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-Quentin Doulos-

Quentin grinned appreciatively.
"Great! That helps a lot. I'll need to interview your workers as well, of course. And copies of those books. It's such a rare luxury for us to be able to crossreference with other businesses, but now that Home Office is in the middle of spring cleaning, we're in luck. We'll probably be able to start with that in about three days or so, so we should be able to get most interviews done beforehand. Shouldn't take us more than a week all in all, assuming we don't find anything."
Quentin straightened up a bit and let the cheerfulness drop. The grin went with it. He began talking again, more quietly now.
"But we will. You are a lucky man, Alex. I was sent here to offer you a choice. Few are given that chance. The Ysveks are growing stupid of late. Reckless. They're headed on the way to a hard fall and I'm sorry to say with your kind of ties it wouldn't be too hard to throw you after them. There are two ways this can turn out. We could go forward with the investigation and start digging up all sorts of unpleasant truths, and believe me, we already know just where to look. We're not stupid, and we understand this business better than the paperpushers at the UAO will ever know. Or. We come to terms and agree that there's nothing to be found, right now. No fuzz. No buzz. No more audits. Which one would you prefer?"

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Alex took the change in temperature in his stride.

"I'll admit, I dislike paperwork," he offered. Apparently, he was amenable to Doulos' suggestion.

- Alex

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OOC: This scene occurs a few minutes after the Quentin and Alex one.

Ash

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Alex's intentions seemed sincere enough; other than moving round August once apparently to scope the Captain for weaponry, he walked and talked like an honest broker. Well, a confident businessman, anyway.

He gestured to a chair that was pulled up in front of a desk, and sat behind it himself.

"Alright," he was saying, in reply to August's indifference. He was already a little disappointed - he preferred a Captain who knew his own mind, but the less combative had a place in Alex's world as well.

"Tell me about your ship," he invited. He'd need to know what it was like before he could know what use to make of it.

- Alex

August sat on the chair indicated to him and leaned backwards, looking well at ease. From one of his pockets he produced a small box and took a cigarillo and a lighter from it. He put the cigarillo in his mouth, lit it and put the box back in his pocket after placing the lighter back in it. He blew out a small whiff of smoke and then answered. "My ship is a very fast ship: it has solar sails that, once to speed, will get my ship through anything to anywhere. It may look like a luxury transport, but it has the necessary fire power and best of all: insided there are places to hide that which you don't want to be found. Over the last couple of months, we have outrun space pirates, we have  gotten away from Reapers and we have escaped a planet under guard by the Alliance without them identifying us." He didn't mention the fact that most of these escapes had resulted in the Odyssey getting damaged one way or the other. August drew from his cigarillo again and then continued: "And then there is the crew: they know how to fight. All of them have extensive combat experience and won't hesitate to use force if necessary, but only if I tell them to. Because more importantly: they obey my orders. We aren't picky. Some might decline a job on moral grounds: we won't. Business is business." He stopped talking and took a small sip from his whisky.



-August Solitaire

Alex regarded the man opposite him for a moment.

"Candid," he said, appraisingly. After a beat: "What brought you to our fair skyplex?"

- Alex

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August answered without hestitation: "Business. Or rather: lack of business." There were also repairs, but the captain decided not to mention that for this moment. "We needed to refuel as well and I figured this would be a good stop to combine the two. There are bound to be people here who could use our services. Otherwise I wouldn't be talking to you, would I?" August smiled.



-August Solitaire

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OOC: Still waiting for a reply. smile



-Mischa tpo August

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OOC: Sorry! That's awful. I'm having a busy time in RL and I haven't done a good job keeping up everywhere, here especially. :-s

Ash

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The proprietor nodded.

"I'd like a clearer picture of what you can transport. She's fast, I'm getting that, and well-armed and crewed, and you say she's got discrete storage options. Passengers?" he asked.

- Alex

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OOC: No worries. RL comes first, of course. I just thought I'd bump the thread.



IC: "We have more than enough room for passengers," August replied. "Originally the ship was a luxury liner for a wealthy business man. He'd never travel without his servants and he of course needed a crew. So there are a lot of empty rooms suitable for passengers."

Again he drew from his cigarrillo before continuing: "As for what we can transport: we have a large cargo bay which can hold several large containers, I'd say about 25. If you want to transport hidden cargo, I'm afraid we can accomodate less of that. Maybe a quarter of what the cargo bay can hold. We also don't have any special accommodations for radioactive or chemical waists, but other than that we can basically handle anything from simple cargo to passengers and livestock."



-August Solitaire

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"I'm impressed," Alex said. He was. He meant it, and he let his face show it. It seemed like connecting with Captain Solitaire was going to be lucrative.

"I'm surprised the Captain of a ship like that needs to look for work so proactively as you're doing," he noted, his tone suddenly edgier. "What's stopping you contracting for a Core Worlder firm, get fed a constant stream of well-to-do passengers and their delicate essentials to transport?"

Maybe August had pissed some people off in the past and couldn't get the kind of work his vessel was made for. Or maybe it was just personal choice to work the Rim instead of ferry the rich and the useless back and forwards between Londinium and Sihnon. Either way, though, Alex wanted to know, so he knew as much as possible about who he was dealing with.

- Alex

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August knew that Alex was trying to find out if the Odyssey was flagged, or if there was another reason he should not go into business with them. But he did not fall into the trap. Instead, he gave several other good reasons why they weren't working in the Core: "Working for a Core Worlder firm means strict rules. And I don't just mean the overabundant checkups of ship, cargo and crew, but also the renewal of permits and the large cut the firms take. In truth you get robbed there more often than out here. And there it is legal and called 'sharing in the profits'. It also doesn't help that the Odyssey used to be a luxury vessel. People in the Core tend to get suspicious about cargo vessels that don't look like cargo vessels." He leaned forward in his chair. "And I figured that there are more than enough people looking out for the Core Worlders already, but not here. Call me a good Samaritan."



-August Solitaire

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Alex paused a beat, then grinned. Looking at the man's unkempt hair and stubble and the way he just didn't seem right in a suit, Alex admired his audacity.

"Very commendable," he replied. Clearly August's story didn't hold any water, but Alex trusted a man who was a little suspicious far more than one who was squeaky clean.

"So you're equipped to transport passengers and goods. Are you equipped to transport livestock," he asked, "pedigree race dogs particularly?"

- Alex

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August his almost always present grin wavered slightly. Not because he wasn't equipped to transport dogs - they had a dog of their own on board. He just wasn't looking forward to a cargo bay filled with howling pooping animals. But a job was a job. "How much animals are we talking about?" he simply asked, matter-of-factly.

OOC: I'll contact Ash to wrap up this conversation so that Alex and August have things settled by the time Ash comes back from LOA.



-Mischa tpo August

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OOC: I have talked with Ash about how to proceed and we have agreed upon wrapping up this conversation. So here we go.

IC: The conversation slipped into a business-like state. Alex explained that he needed the Odyssey to transport two different types of cargo. The first type consisted of two pedigree dogs as well as their owners and special dog food for the animals. August reluctantly agreed, as long as the owners would make sure the dogs wouldn't get in the way and if they would clear up any droppings the dogs would leave.

The second type of cargo consisted of performance enhancing drugs, the type one didn't want to be caught with when the Alliance showed up. August saw no harm in transporting the drugs, considering that the hidden cargo space inside the Odyssey would be able to hold these drugs out of sight of any inspection.

When the captain asked where the dogs and the drugs were to be delivered, Alex told him that he'd be notified of this later. A short negotiation about the payment followed and soon both parties had come up with an agreement they both found acceptable: August and his crew would be payed a small sum of the money in advance, as well as receive some extra credits to pay for fuel and supplies. The rest of the money - the most of it - they would receive after finishing the job. After they had agreed on this, Alex urged August out of his office, since he had a full agenda.

August stood up from his chair, put out his cigarillo in the ashtray on top of the desk and left the office with his empty whisky glass.



-August Solitaire

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OOC: Perfect. The only thing I'd clarify is the two men travelling with the dogs are their handlers rather than their owners. You wouldn't want to meet their owner.

Jason, I'll PM you with more on this.

Ash

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Danny stepped into the office. "Thanks for seeing me," he said as he looked around. "This is a nice place you have here," he said, not meaning to refer to the office specifically though it may have come off as such.

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Alex looked briefly round the office, particularly the boxes full of crisps and other salty bar snacks and the rolls of toilet paper on the metal shelves, then back to Danny.

Despite not agreeing that the office was very nice, he smiled welcomingly and sat at the desk, inviting the young man to sit opposite him with a gesture.

"I appreciated your Wave," he said, encouragingly. "This station has needed wheeled transport for travelling between areas for a while now."

- Alex

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Danny nodded with a smile and took a seat at the invitation. "I can agree with that," he said at the mention of a need for station transport. He was rather pleased that this meeting was quite welcoming, he wasn't sure what to expect and already he was feeling better about this one than the previous one at the casino. "At least, that's what I thought when I opened my business, I'd like to think that was the right idea," he said, correcting his first comment which he thought might have come off arrogant.

Danny was admittedly inexperienced at being a businessman, he was more of a 'good guy' who wanted to open up a business that allowed him to be more of a 'good guy'. Public service was something he took pride in and felt he could excel at, though being professional and being a 'good guy' certainly were slightly different concepts and he found it difficult to be both simultaneously.

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"I'm sure it is," Alex said, encouragingly. "Now, was there something specific you wanted to discuss?" he asked, time being money.

- Alex

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Danny took off his hat and smiled. "I wanted to talk business. You got my message I hope?"

~Danny Franco

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Alex was discouraged by how long it was taking the young man to make his pitch, but he wasn't unsympathetic. He gestured with his hands and facial expression that Danny should continue.

- Alex

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