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Alex regarding the lawman wryly.

"Now... that really will depend on your definition of 'on duty'," he said slowly. "By all means," he continued, speeding up, "you can get familiar with my club, and I could even be persuaded to let you know a discrete point of ingress/egress," he said, tilting his head to emphasise the oblique, "but..." and again here he slowed down, "what few clients I have at this time of the day might not take it as a kindness, the new lawman snooping around like he's casing the joint."

He smiled pleasantly, as if they were chatting about the weather or their favourite make of hover mule or something else equally banal.

- Alex

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"OK", Sam said, "Let's go".

He let Alex lead the way. This would be interesting.

- Sam

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"You understand my meaning?" Alex checked, moving round from behind the bar towards the two punters. "You have my discretion if you need it," he said, meaning if the lawman wanted to get up to immorality within Phantasm's walls he would have the option of using a back way in and out if he preferred to come and go unseen.

On the other hand, Alex anticipated the lawman to be corrupt - in his experience, most were - and he was readying to resist being shaken down or charged protection.

As he joined them, he gestured to the room they were in.

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I'm copying these to the first post in this thread for ease of future reference.

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"This is the bar," he stated, with some irony.

- Alex

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Sam took a look around. The designer of this room had clearly liked the colour red and leather. There wasn't any red leather, but that was probably something they enjoyed as well.

Sam took a professional look around.

"Can I have one of your glasses please? Nothing in it, just the glass".

- Samuel Arkwright

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From the office, Kris looked up from her accounts to the security cameras, and sighed. It looked like Alex was showing people round. She hoped he'd remember the two clients currently engaged in rooms five and six, the girl he was interviewing who was tied up in room seven, and the mess Ginger still hadn't cleaned up in room eight.

She closed the book she was working on - the accountant would be in  later to go over the month's figures, and she liked knowing what he'd likely bring up and complain about.

She looked back to the grainy screen where Alex was gesturing and showing them the bar. She hoped he wouldn't introduce them to her - she wasn't in a be-nice-to-people mood.

~Kris

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Alex had been looking at the room as he announced it, but looked at Arkwright then over to Josie when the lawman spoke.

"You see an end to that?" he asked Josie, meaning her whiskey. It'd save him going round the bar to get a glass specifically for the lawman if he could just have her give him her's.

- Alex

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Josie tilted her head back and emptied the glass in a fluid motion. She smiled and placed the glass in the law man's hand.

"There you go," she stretched out in her seat at the bar. She had been moving through a deck of cards, laying them out in a pattern most would recognize as the mirror spread with one card at the top, two rows of three cards each going down, and one card at the bottom. The woman hadn't lifted the cards to turn them over yet.

For now, she was watching the law man to see what he would do.

-Josie

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Sam took the glass and moved it about in his hand. He felt its weight and stepped away from the bar, then reached back and thrust it forward as if he was shoving it into someone's face.

He put it back down and tutted. This did not do at all.

"That glass is really too heavy for safety. As part of our Safer Skyplex policy, I suggest that you get some lighter plastic glasses that people can't use in brawls. If you're looking for some new ones on the cheap, Morris' Pawn and Consignment have some boxes in".

- Sam the Safety Man

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OOC: So not only has Lt Arkwright imposed a new restriction on Alex, he's insulted him in his own joint by implying he'd want to restock on the cheap... from a pawn shop!

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Alex showed no outward sign of the flash of burning rage he experienced towards the lawman at that last piece of theatre.

"I really had no idea," he replied, apparently with genuine apology, "but I'll be sure to take it up with my co-owner. She usually deals with our stockists," he assured the man.

But he couldn't quite help himself. "Will you please test our chairs, too?" he asked, with seemingly sincere concern. "For Safety?" he added with emphasis, his eyes wide and innocent, as if invoking the name of the Buddha or Christ or some other god. But his mouth was smirking cockily ever so slightly.

- Alex

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"Sure", Sam replied, "We've got a 280-pound wrestler and a cheerleader in our unit, who love doing tests on chairs. I've got some matches with me in case you want me to do flammability tests, but hopefully you're buying furniture that is up to Fire Prevention Executive standards anyway. There are quite a few cowboys who put the stickers on stuff that is actually not up to spec at all".

Sam sat down on one of the chairs and checked its level of comfort.

- Sam

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Well, Josie didn't know what to think about this tactic.  So she went back to her cards to turn them over. She wondered just what game that the new lawman was playing at. 

"Spades showing up a lot, interesting. Going to be one of those days..." she mused.  The spades corresponded to swords and while a literal interpretation with the Tarot showed a lack of understanding of the tool, swords and spades generally meant conflict was coming.

Of course Josie reasoned, with her conflict was her whole reason to be here.

-Josie

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In the back office, Kris looked on over the monitor. For some reason the man Alex had been showing around the bar was now sitting in a random seat, almost as if he was testing it for comfort. She half laughed, out loud, at the idea of being inspected for health and safety in some of their private rooms. The specialist equipment in there did need precise maintenance, but they had a specific firm some to do that.

~Kris

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While the lawman was briefly focussing on the chair, Alex gave Josie a sidelong glance, meaning to express that his mind was boggling at this crazy lawman, but he found her facing the bar, burried in her cards, so he returned his own attention back to the Lieutenant.

"I never say no to pyrotechnics," he replied. "By all means, try and burn down my club," he invited.

- Alex

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Sam nodded. This guy was clearly doing this for a laugh, but Sam was serious about safety. It was amazing the number of household injuries people got from domestic objects.

"Thank you - but the chair will do at the moment. I'll send our people round later".

- Sam

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Josie finished her spread and the cards went back inside the deck, except for the Jack of Spades which she handed off to Alex.

"You'll need that more than me, darling," she said with a smile and then leaned against his shoulder. "The Knight of Swords, always the card I think of with you. It was inverted, be careful."

Her eyes then looked to the Lieutenant. "You would be amazed in a club like this how few fights break out. The nature of the practice as it were. That and I am fairly certain if something is going to kill a person on this Skyplex it's not going to be a glass or a chair."

- Josie

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Alex took the card with a smile, and slid it into the back pocket of his tight trousers, but he turned to address Arkwright.

"Actually, that won't be necessary," he said firmly, now.

With one hand he picked up a chair (OOC: the one Sam had sat in if Sam's now standing, otherwise one right next to him) and span it upside down then lowered it quickly, letting the backrest hit the floor with a quite a sound, but now holding one of the legs to keep it upright. With his other hand he indicated the safety check sticker on the underside of the seat.

"Was there anything else?" he asked. "Perhaps you'd like the rest of the tour, or do you have somewhere else to be, officer?"

- Alex

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Sam was about to answer when his radio crackled into life. He picked it up and listened. A dead body had been found on Deck 10. He would clearly be needed.

"I've got somewhere to be", he replied, "But I'll happily do the tour another time".

- Sam

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"Pity," Alex said, presumably meaning it was a pity that Sam had to leave, rather than it was a pity he'd be back to resume the tour another time, although there wasn't a ton of sincerity to his face when he spoke.

- Alex

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Josie watched Arkwright, standing back a bit from Alex.  She didn't know what to make of the law man. 

-Josie

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"Indeed", Sam said, "Don't worry, I'll make my own way out".

Sam turned and started to walk towards the crime scene.

- Sam

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From the office, Kris watched as the threat of having to be introduced to boring people subsided.

She turned back to her books, and continued working.

~Kris

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"Until next time," Alex called after him as he left.

He turned to Josie once Arkwright had gone. "How are things with you this fine afternoon, my darling?" he asked her charmingly, putting the irritation of the lawman out of his mind with fluent ease. "Another drink?" he suggested.

- Alex

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OOC: Bumping this for Amanda. I want to play! :-P

Ash

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OOC: Oops! Sorry.

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Josie watched the lawman leave with a shake of her head. She knew better than to expect too much this far out into the black but she always hoped that someone would come in who could be a lawman and a leader. It was possible though the safety concerns were a warning - that more criminals had been caught during routine traffic checks or on tax evasion than on catching them for the crimes they supposedly did.

"Swords means what you think it means - conflict. I'm looking forward to it," she said absently, referring the cards she had drawn in the tarot spread earlier.

"Another drink would be nice, but I mostly came in to get a judge of what our new lawman was like.  How late will you be here? I'll be playing poker until about Midnight tonight and I'll need some place to escape afterwards," the woman said with a smile.

-Josie

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"I was only here for the try-outs and to make sure Ginger doesn't make more of a mess than she tidies," Alex replied. Ginger was Phantasm's dogsbody and was currently cleaning the loos in preparation for the night ahead. It was fairly widely suspected that she was a drug addict, though, and not terribly competent at very much.

As Alex spoke, he made his way back round to the bar and poured Josie her drink.

"I'd found myself detained by some business when I happened to glance at the security feed and saw our new friend come in," he continued, "but if you're not sticking around I should get back to what I was doing."

Or more accurately, who. He was offering an... extended try-out for Yve, one of the dancers who'd auditioned earlier on.

"Actually, you're welcome to join me if you want?" he propositioned. Josie knew him well enough to know what 'business' meant, now, in the context of that offer.

- Alex

OOC: Sadly I'm going LOA until the 20th, so rather than have you wait for ages this might be a good opportunity to take Alex off-screen, and though Josie is genuinely welcome to join Alex, it might make for a boring month for your playing of her, with her off-screen.

Jason, Kevin; will it be possible to delay the investigation from coming straight to Phantasm for a couple of weeks real time? I'd like to play it out, but obviously won't be available for a while. I'll live in hope and look forward to it starting when I'm back, but I'll understand if it's impossible to fit everything around me! smile

Ash

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