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As Langford was getting off the lift his Cortex buzzed showing Marta's response.

=Message was sent to them, no ETA as yet. Security is about to blow our door off. Need help!=

-Marta

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Langford was quite surprised by the response. What was security doing trying to get into ops? He had inferred that Scarlett wasn't there.

Of course, he realized. All the access codes had been wiped.

He sent a reply back to Marta:

=Hang tight, I'm dealing with it.=

~Langford~

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Fogh replied to the radio call.

="We believed that he might be on a ship called Odyssey, docked with the station. We were about to storm it when your Administrator refused to leave the area a Wallenstein force was in - we were taking her away for her own safety - then proceeded to lock down the station and try to suffocate the Wallensteiners. Janet Singer has the full details of our fugitive - by the name of August Solitaire"=

He heard the ping; weren't the elevators locked down?

- Fogh

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OOC: Not for the Marshal! At least, I'm assuming access codes are for the station controls and such, not for the elevators. If so, oops!

IC:
Langford was pushed out of the elevator by the nurse.

="I'm almost to you, assuming you are in Security. I've been informed that your men are about to break into Ops on Deck Four..."=

At this point he opened the door to Security (OOC: I'm assuming it isn't locked, if so, he'll knock instead and finish over the radio) and finished his sentence as he put away Mr. McPea.

".. I'd be very appreciative if you asked them to stand down. That door they are about to break down has sentimental value."

~Marshal Langford~

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OOC: He'll have them

IC: "Right", Colonel Fogh said, "I'll stop them then".

He grabbed the radio, switched to the Wallenstein frequency and began. He hoped that he would be in time, as he could see the Marshal wasn't too happy and this was already going badly for the three firms as is.

"Cushing and squad, stan..."

The sound of a door coming off its hinges, followed by that of a tear gas grenade going off made the next part moot.

- Fogh

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"Oh Good God," the Marshal muttered. He wasn't sure how the Administrator would take the shattered door. Not well, he imagined.

"Colonel, I suggest if you have anyone else ready to storm in anywhere else on the station, you have them stand down immediately. Hold everyone in position at this point while we get this mess sorted."

Langford switched his own device to the Wallie frequency.

"Cushing, this is Marshal Langford. Bring Rigel and Marta down to Security, but do so gently. Those are civilians you are dealing with, and I don't want a hair on their head out of place."

~Langford~

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Cushing grunted down the radio and said nothing else.

"We're not planning to storm anywhere else", Fogh said, "We have control of the station and once the tear gas is cleared, we'll be able to move around freely. We still need to find August Solitaire".

- Fogh

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"Well, that's all well and good. I'd also like you to retract any arrest-on-sight orders for Miss Scarlett. We need her to unlock the controls of the station, and sooner then later. I'll contact her and have her come straight here, if that makes you feel better. I don't know about you, but I'd rather not have the Alliance here complicating matters."

Then Langford processed Fogh's last sentence.

"Who the hell is August Solitaire?"

~Langford~

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"He's a suspect in the bombing", Fogh replied, "Jane Singer has the information on him. We know his ship is the Odyssey, but our attempts to search it were stopped by your Administrator".

Lieutenant Trescott nodded and exchanged a glance with Fogh.

"We'll cancel the arrest order, but we're going to sue her breeches off in civil court".

- Mercs

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OOC: FYI, it's Jane Johnson. She works for Singer Corp. - Mr. Singer is her boss. Not sure if that's an intentional mistake and Fogh just has some faulty info. smile

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Langford sat back in his wheel chair, contemplating this bit of information. 'Now why would she try to stop the search of that ship?' he thought to himself.

"All the ships that are docked are locked in, I presume? The Odyssey isn't going anywhere. And even if they did manage to rip themselves free of the station, I assume you have your ship on alert to disable them before they leave sight of Greenleaf?"

He started tapping away at Mr. McPea again.

"Much obliged about the arrest order. As for law suits and such, I'll leave that to the lawyers."

Having said that, he sent the message he had typed out to Scarlett:

="I'm in control of the situation again. Get ready to come directly to Security on Deck Six on my mark - we need to work this out face to face. Ops needs some time to air out, but our first priority is letting the Alliance know all is well and they don't need to send their people here."=

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OOC: My goof.

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"My ship cannot only disable it", Fogh replied, "It can blow it into tiny pieces if the situation required it. All the ships are locked, that is correct".

He wondered just how Scarlett would react if she ever saw Nina Havel again. She'd not seen him of course, but he thought that a slap might occur. Then again, she'd regret that, because Havel could slap just as hard back.

- Fogh

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=Understood and agreed. Just tying up some loose ends with this mess. I will await you signal."

-Scarlett.

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"Good, then I think we have the situation under control. Let's get the Administrator up here as quickly as we can so we can tell the Alliance their assistance is no longer required."

He replied back to Scarlet - *MARK*.

~Langford~

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"We can do that", Fogh replied, "In fact, I can tell the Alliance their assistance is no longer required... my name does mean something with them".

- Fogh

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(Continued from Mission Temple)

The journey was not as direct as taking a lift and walking into the security office, but August and Lizzy got a view of a whole different side of a space station. There had been quite a bit of crawling and climbing involved, but Scarlett never seemed to waiver from whatever path she was divining through the inner space of the station. At last she stopped them near a ventilation port. She put her finger in front of her mouth and nose requesting for them to stay silent.

"We are over the restrooms at the security center. I need to get out here and turn myself in to them. Give me ten minutes, if I am not back by then, I'm going to need a distraction. " she said in Hushed tones.

With that Scarlett popped open the ceiling tile and rather acrobatically lowered herself into the bathroom. On the ground she motioned to Lizzy to slide the tile back in place.

She momentarily straightened herself in the mirror and pulled her hair back before exiting and walking into the security office.

-Scarlett

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"We can do that", Fogh replied, "In fact, I can tell the Alliance their assistance is no longer required... my name does mean something with them".

"Sounds good. I'd be obliged again."

It wasn't long before Rigel and Marta were escorted in.

OOC: I would assume Rigel and Marta would make it here first? Maybe not? Not sure how shortcut-y these secret passages are...

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After checking that Rigel and Marta were unharmed, at least not permanently, he looked up to see the Administrator walking through the door.

"Good. Now we can hear Administrator Wilson's side of the story."

~Langford~

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(Continued from Mission Temple)

The journey was not as direct as taking a lift and walking into the security office, but August and Lizzy got a view of a whole different side of a space station. There had been quite a bit of crawling and climbing involved, but Scarlett never seemed to waiver from whatever path she was divining through the inner space of the station. At last she stopped them near a ventilation port. She put her finger in front of her mouth and nose requesting for them to stay silent.

"We are over the restrooms at the security center. I need to get out here and turn myself in to them. Give me ten minutes, if I am not back by then, I'm going to need a distraction. " she said in Hushed tones.

With that Scarlett popped open the ceiling tile and rather acrobatically lowered herself into the bathroom. On the ground she motioned to Lizzy to slide the tile back in place.

She momentarily straightened herself in the mirror and pulled her hair back before exiting and walking into the security office.

-Scarlett

Before August could make any protest about the administrator's plan, the red haired woman had opened a panel and lowered herself out of the hidden corridor. Per Scarlett's orders Lizzy closed the hatch immediately after. So there they were, unarmed but for one sabre and August's wits. Both of those wouldn't be very useful if anybody caught them in there and there was no garantuee that Scarlett wouldn't turn them in. But popping out now and following the administrator was just as risky, even if they needed to get out at some point to create the distraction Scarlett had been talking about.

So August decided to choose a different exit for Lizzy and himself. On his way here he had been paying close attention and had compared the route they had taken against the lay-out of the station, which he had memorized from the maps he'd studied before. The security office and the administrator's office weren't the only facilities on this level; there were also the sick bay and the jail. Sick bay would probably be very crowded after the explosion, so August guided Lizzy in the direction of the jail and looked for a hatch that would allow them acces to the room. If there was any logic to these secret passage ways they would enter the jail not in a cell itself (which idiot would build an escape hatch into a cell?), but outside of the cells. There was of course the matter of potential guards and prisoners, so if he did find the hatch he would have to open it very carefully.



-August Solitaire

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Scarlett walked in confidently, really she didn't have much choice, she was basically turning herself in, and there wasn't much they could do about it. She looked around the room at the Security men gathered there. Her eyes narrowed. She then saw Marta and Rigel, she immediately went over to them. "Are you two alright?" Marta held Rigel lightly, but nodded back to Scarlett. "We would have been better if it were not for that one." she stated looking towards Fogh."

Scarlett patted her on the shoulder and made a mental note to give each of them a bonus in the next pay cycle.. if there was one. She then turned to Marshall Langford.

"This entire incident should never have happened. I recieved a Tip that a potential suspect for the bombing was the captain of the Oddyssey, August Solitaire. I requested a couple guards meet me at Docking Berth Six to investigate the call. When I arrived at the docking bay, I found a bay full of soldiers fully armed and ready to take the ship by force. That was not what I requested. I tried to clarify what was going on with Major Havel, who is a suspect in another murder on this station, who then ignored me, insulted me and had me forcibly removed from the area. She also confiscated my side arm. I informed all the security personell if they intended to remain employees of the station they had best follow me out. They refused. Last time I checked, I was in charge of this station, not a sack of laundry to be carried away. So I locked down the berth and drained atmo to minimal levels so they could think about their choices and insubordination. Then Lt. Arkwright stated that I mess with one of our security people I mess with all of them. And I became a fugitive on my own station. This is not a military instatallation, we are under civilian authority, and I am that authority. I intend to have the station's lawyers file lawsuits on all the security companies assembled here. The judgement should cover most of the repairs and upgrades we've been wanting for some time." Her face became inceasingly red as she stated her outrage.

-Scarlett

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Colonel Fogh listened to the story, an amused grin on his face as she related her side of the story. He was looking forward to the response and had checked the situation with Major Havel, who had managed to escape the docking bay somehow.

When she had finished, he responded, his voice dripping with sarcasm.

"And a very good evening to you, Administrator. Did you become crazy or were you born that way? I will now correct your story.

We were contacted by Jane Johnson of Singer Corp to apprehend Mr Solitaire, who was a suspect and on whom she has a registered bounty... you asked for a quiet lockdown and we gave it, with preparation to storm the ship if they did not cooperate with a reasonable request for a search.

Major Havel isn't a murderer; she only kills when it's legally justified. She is also not an employee of this station. It is standing procedure for Private Security Council firms to remove dopey civilians from an area before a possible assault for their own safety - you're pretty hot and I don't want to have to bury your lifeless corpse. She can insult you as much as she likes for all I care.

As for draining the atmo, that is considered a felony assault under the Criminal Code and fortunately those people have now got out. If any of them had died, you would be facing a prosecution for felony murder and I can assure you, I would take great pleasure in seeing you swing.

We are not 'military', we are private security contractors covered under various Alliance legislation that I won't bore your addled little brain with. We have also decided under the provisions of your contract to relieve you of command on the grounds of insanity - the same contract that allows us to take action without your consent if the security situation requires it.

So, missy, see you in court. We'll be countersuing for obstruction, breach of contract, assault and being generally incompetent".

- Fogh

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Scarlett nodded her head at Fogh's inssolent ravings. "We will see you in court. On the behalf that you are not empolyees of this station, you have no authority to take command here, least of all to allow your people to run roughshod all over this station and its personell. Your Major Pavel needs to repond to civilian authority, especially when it comes to answering simple questions as to what is going on. I am certain the lawyers will have much more pertinent questions for her and the rest of you over my simple status requests. Since your Bent Cross company, is not employed by this station, I suggest you leave immediately."

-Scarlett

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Lieutenant Arkwright coughed.

"Excuse me, ma'am", he said, "He does the authority. I gave it to him when the bombing happened. It remains in effect until I cancel it, and as we've decided you're insane, you can't get me to revoke it on your orders. You need to prove your sanity with a professional diagnosis - and I see no shrinks".

Fogh gave her a grin that said 'get out of that'.

- Mercs

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"I think you should have considered checking with proper medical authorities before you decided in your private little office who is insane and who is not. Fine. Marshall, since you have real authority, granted by the Alliance, not a lieutenant, likely needing to look for other employment, what do you think."

-Scarlett

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Langford had been keeping an eye on his Cortex unit, Mr. McPea. His feed from his office was telling him there were ships still on approach - considering they had warned off all local traffic, he could only assume that was Alliance still on its way. As the conversation became heated, he started rubbing his temple.

"I think everyone just needs to sit down and shut the hell up. Throwing barbs and accusations out isn't helping. We have people hurt out here - myself included - and all you fools can think about is who is going to sue who. Let the damned lawyers figure this out after the fact. For now, let's get this situation back to normal."

He motioned to the nurse, who was still attending him. "You better shoot me up again, I've got a pain in my ass so bad it may take weeks to recover." The nurse pulled a syringe and started measuring out morphine. Langford folded his hands in his lap and continued.

"Now then, Lt. Arkwright, I believe I have some authority here, unless you also want to deem me insane and incompetent to perform my duties?" He didn't wait for an answer, grimacing as he was injected with the painkiller.

"Colonel Fogh was doing as he saw fit, with limited information. I will not fault him for that. It seems the problem here was an altercation between Ms. Wilson and Major Havel - who IS indeed a potential suspect in another murder. I talked with her prior to the bombing and asked her to allow a search of her ship for potential evidence. Whatever turns up could tell us who the murder is, but until that time, I won't say either way if she is a murderer or not. She IS, however, just as hot-headed as our Administrator, so I'm not surprised the two butted heads."

He was checking on reports that were coming into his unit.

"As I understand it, the hull breech has been contained, and the wounded are accounted for and being taken care of. Colonel Fogh, I appreciate your assistance, but I think we can probably stand down now. If you could contact the Alliance and turn them back around before you go, I'd be even more appreciative.

"Lt. Arkwright, I want you to reposition your men to finish screening anyone still mulling about the bomb site area, and then we are going to sift through there looking for evidence. I understand we have a specialist on board that we can employ. I expect swift results.

"Marta and Rigel, I need you back up in Ops and communicating with those incoming ships, in case they decide to ignore the Colonel's advice to turn about. Delay them as long as you can."

"Ms. Wilson will re-instate the protocols so that I have access. Then she will step aside temporarily until we can have a doctor declare her legally fit or unfit. She is free to move about the station without question, and continue with non-critical duties. She is not a flight risk nor do I deem her a danger to anyone but herself." He gave a sharp eye to Scarlett. "And she will behave herself, that I guarantee."

He looked back and forth between the two parties.

"Does anyone have a problem with that?"

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Scarlett's eyes tightened at being relieved of her duties even temporarily. She felt her blood pressure jumping up and forming words of protest and outrage in her throat. The Marshall's stare made her fight it back down. Damn that man, he made her feel like a teenager caught after curfew. Non-critical her ass!

Still, it was trust Marshall Langford, or leave her fate to the steroid stunted intents of the clowns in security uniforms. She'd go with the old man any day. She brushed a lock of hair back from her face, and scowled. "Fine. I'll turn the codes over, but only to you." She threw daggers with her eyes at Fogh and Arkwright. "Let's get this station back to normal, especially before the Alliance gets here. I'm happy to call it a truce until we are fully operational again."

The Skyplex came first. Plus, her non-critical duties would be to check out what was going on with the Odyssey.

-Scarlett

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"Yes, I have a problem with that", Lieutenant Arkwright said, "The number of security personnel needed for these extra duties, while maintaining the security of the station from possible follow-up attacks, cannot be covered from Maczarek personnel present here along. I would need another twenty at least to have confidence in the situation".

Fogh nodded.

"May I suggest a ten-ten spilt between the other two companies?"

- Mercs