Chapter 6: The Wages of Sin...   Posted by Shan Yu.Group: 0
Shan Yu
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Wed 22 Feb 2012
at 20:38
Chapter 6: The Wages of Sin...

Chapter 6: The Wages of Sin...

Darkness closed over the planet as the shuttle from The Ugly Duck sped through the gloom.  Stacey followed the instructions relayed to him by Travers, which included a few zig-zagging course changes.  The shuttle's scanners never showed even the slightest hint of a suspicious blip which might indicate that they were being followed, but the slaver pilot was apparently just following orders to ensure that any tail they had would be shaken.  He never made any attempt to search the small vessel, nor did he conduct any kind of electronic scan to find any homing device.  Instead, he spent his time between pointing out the course to Stacey and ogling the girls seated in the shuttle's bench seats.  Cole, he just ignored.  If this was any indication of the kind of security they could expect at their destination, Jin could have brought a suitcase with all her electronic gear.

The minutes passed as the shuttle continued through the night toward the unknown that lay ahead.

This message was last edited by the GM at 20:40, Wed 22 Feb 2012.

Makani Ano
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Wed 29 Feb 2012
at 03:19
Re: Chapter 6: The Wages of Sin...
Makani drew a deep breath, assuming a serene, matriarchal air as she spoke softly to her 'staff.'  She made sure that was what it looked and sounded like to anyone other than those she addressed.

She gently patted Jenna’s knee as she spoke softly.  Though her words were about the ‘job’, her expression was gentle and reassuring.

She tilted her head slightly when she looked at Cole, again she looked like a Madame making sure her people were ready for the evening, and in a way she was.

She let her breath out slowly and gave a slow nod.
Stacey Yanoro
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Wed 29 Feb 2012
at 09:43
Re: Chapter 6: The Wages of Sin...
Stacey concentrated on guiding the shuttle as smoothly as he could along its undulating path. He was no expert like Burne yet kept the small ship steady on her course. Occasionally he would make some companionable remark to Travers, trying to keep the man at ease, listening for any other tidbits of information the handler might let slip.
Knowing he couldn't suggest anything aloud, he wondered if one of the crew might 'practice' their work on Travers while they were in the air. The man was hardly trying to disguise his interest in the women, and under the spell of Alliance drugs might reveal useful information about their destination and what to expect.

Calmly Stacey guided the shuttle onward through the night.
Cole Jackson
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Thu 15 Mar 2012
at 00:02
Re: Chapter 6: The Wages of Sin...
Cole sat in the rear of the shuttle, watching Stacey and their guide.  The man's obvious attraction to the ladies and his request at the ship made Cole's teeth hurt.  The first mate really would have loved to snap the man's neck for looking at Burne and Makani the way he did.

Lydia.  Lydia is the goal here.  Cole repeated the words every time he felt imminent violence or a desire to jump out of the shuttle and run back to the Duck.

Better find out what we're looking at.

"So, Mr. Travers," Cole said, trying to keep his back woods accent from being to thick.  "How many folks we expecting tonight?  This shindig drawing in a bigger crowd then normal with us being there and all?"
Stacey Yanoro
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Thu 15 Mar 2012
at 12:59
Re: Chapter 6: The Wages of Sin...
Stacey glanced over his shoulder as the tall security officer spoke up. The shuttle had been quiet aside from Traver's instructions as the crew prepared themselves for what was to come. Cole's voice was reassuring. It meant the man was ready.
Subtly Stacey adjusted the rudder a few degrees to bring the vessel in line with his latest guidance, and scanned the view before them for any sign of a destination.
Shan Yu
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Fri 16 Mar 2012
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(Shuttle, enroute to the meeting)

Travers switched his gaze to Cole, a certain distaste evident on his face.  "Don't mean to be insultin' or nothin', but you folks are just there for a little extra entertainment.  The shindig was already pretty much planned out.  Matter of fact, most of the important discussion and such ain't until tomorrow.  Tonight is just a..."  His forehead scrunched as he focused on trying to remember the right terminology.  "...social mixer...yeah, that sounds right...but not boring like that sounds.  It's a chance for the participants to get together and swap lies and get to know each other...though most of them already know each other.  Tomorrow is the serious stuff.  'Course, you folks will be long gone by then."

He shifted his eyes back to the ladies, a quick moistening of his lips with his tongue betraying his interest.
Makani Ano
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Fri 23 Mar 2012
at 03:31
Re: Chapter 6: The Wages of Sin...
Makani gave the man her best, head turning smile and a slow nod.

"Socializing and bringing people together, is part of our... business..." She reminded him coyly.  "A gathering such as this should lead to fortuitous dealings for all concerned."
Shan Yu
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Thu 29 Mar 2012
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(Shuttle)

Travers looked at Makani and grinned, "I'm thinkin' that the socializin' and bringin' people together part of your job is mostly what you're goin' to be doin' tonight.  It's the last night of the conference, so there will be plenty of drinkin' and such.  I'm not sure how interested everyone will be in doin' much else.  And I heard tell that there was somethin' special that was added at the last minute."  He pulled his eyes away from the ladies and returned to the cockpit, looking out the windscreen.  He pointed to a collection of lights ahead and said to Stacey.  "There...that's the place we're goin'.  As we get closer, you'll see a collection of shuttles and hover vehicles in a small field.  You can drop your passengers on the pad by the entrance to the hotel, then I'll show you where to park in the field.  You can come on in and hang around in the lobby if you want...until the ladies are done for the night.  There will be some drinks and food available for you there, but you can't go into the party.  That's reserved for the folks who are more important than us."

The shuttle quickly closed the distance to the conference center, steadily losing altitude as they did so, passing over the landing/parking field at a mere 50 feet.  Even though it was already dark, the conference center was easily discernable because of the myriad lights designed to brighten the grounds and give the small cluster of buildings a more festive, cheerful appearance.  Upon closer inspection, the buildings were nothing special, and in the harsh light of day might even be considered a little run down.  But here on Verbena, the Verbena Highlands Resort passed as luxurious accomodations.  It was primarily a hotel, though it also advertised their conference facilities as the best on the planet.  In fact, it was probably one of the few locations within a thousand miles capable of hosting any sort of conference with more than 25 attendees.  As a hotel, it only boasted 50 rooms, with each wing comprised of 22 average sized rooms, and eight "luxury" suites in a separate building.  In the center of the resort was a swimming pool, and the adjacent patio area could serve as an outdoor dining area, or an extension of the indoor conference room.  Considering the size of the hotel, it appeared likely that the entire facility had been rented by the slavers.  Nothing too fancy, but good enough to serve as a gathering place for the likes of slavers and other unsavory characters, nice enough to provide a certain level of comfort and luxury, while not being well known or popular enough to draw the attention of any authorities.

The shuttle approached the small landing pad near the front entrance to the center, and a cluster of people could be seen milling around the doorway.  Most appeared to be guests of the facility...and were probably conference attendees.  They were mostly dressed in their fanciest...if not necessarily fashionable...attire, characterized by garish colors and rather outrageous designs.  There were a few noticeably underdressed (and rather large) men standing around looking intimidating...probably guards.  Stacey guided the shuttle to the landing pad, and the craft touched down with a slight bump that brought a rolling of the eyes from Travers.  The guide leaned closer to Stacey's ear.  "Keep it running...we'll be moving it to the parking area as soon as the merchandise gets off."  He straightened up and turned to the passengers. "Okay, ladies...and gentleman, we're there.  If you would just disembark and head up toward the front door, someone will come to meet you.  You all have a great time."  He waited until everyone left before closing the hatch, and after a quick look out the windscreen to see that everyone was clear, he said to Stacey, "Okay, hot-rod, let's go park this thing and grab something to eat."

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:10, Fri 30 Mar 2012.

Jin Chu
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Mon 2 Apr 2012
at 16:29
Re: Chapter 6: The Wages of Sin...
Jin stepped out of the shuttle, her eyes taking in their surroundings and trying to make at least some kind of plan.  From what Travers had said, this was an evening of...relaxation, she suspected it was more to let everyone know that they were on the same page than for any introductions to be made.  Or to spy on each other, weed out any potential problems before the 'serious stuff' tomorrow.  Being a group of under cover problems, they would have to be careful.  Not that any of them probably needed telling that.

She stopped on the path, waiting for Makani and the others to disembark so that they could move up to the hotel as a group.
Stacey Yanoro
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Wed 4 Apr 2012
at 15:27
Re: Chapter 6: The Wages of Sin...
Stacey suppressed a guilty frown as the shuttle landed with an ungraceful bump. He deliberately avoided looking at Burne, but could imagine her amusement; at least he hoped her spirits were high enough to be was amused.
"Nice place." he mused conversationally to Travers as the crew began to disembark. But the words were only a distraction, for inside the Captain was feeling tense. Scanning the assembled 'guests' warily he was concious dear friends were walking into the unknown. Stacey was unaccustomed to being sidelined; as Captain he was used to being in the thick of whatever caper the crew was engaged in. Now he felt powerless, and in a dark humour he wondered if this was how a mother felt when her child first went out to work. Only this was work that could get his children killed.

Helpless though he ignored those feelings, knowing it was vital they all played their part. His was to keep Travers happy, make everything seem normal.

"You folks have a nice evening y'hear?. I'll be parked up over by the South field if y'all need me ok?". He'd seen the other parked vessels there as they flew in to land. "I'll have the comms on if you want anything. Now go have fun.".
Patiently he waited while the ship emptied.

"So what's for dinner Travers?".
Makani Ano
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Thu 5 Apr 2012
at 12:13
Re: Chapter 6: The Wages of Sin...
Two things Makani picks up as they are preparing to leave the phrases 'Something special added last minute' and waiting until the 'merchandise' gets off the ship.  Two things, that are very dangerous to hear in this kind of gathering, considering what these people do for a living.

It is the sort of business where powerful people show their true faces; it is the sort of business where people are comodities, not people-- it is the sort of business her Lei-Hulu's  'husband' thrived in.

She prayed for the strength for what was to come and hoped those under her care would remain protected.
Cole Jackson
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Fri 27 Apr 2012
at 03:31
Re: Chapter 6: The Wages of Sin...
Cole stepped off the shuttle, following the ladies.  He resisted the urge to reach for his pistol, which was not there in any case.  He was beginning to really regret agreeing to this deal.  If it was not for Lydia...

Cole brushed the creases out of his shirt.  He knew he needed to look truly respectable for this charade to work.  A snort of derision left his lips.  Respectable?  Hardly.  At the same time he had to remember he was a customer at the less-respectable offices on other planets.  At least before hooking up with this crew.  Now, he focused instead on trying to emulate the late Dem.  Maybe, with enough persistence, he could pull this off.  At enough cues from Makani.
Burne Catweazle
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Wed 2 May 2012
at 12:39
Re: Chapter 6: The Wages of Sin...
Burne's mind was captured by the last minute theatrics of her captains landing.   The jarring sensation of the unbalanced gear touching down reminded her of the combat touch downs in the X-3.   Back then they had been trying to weave a stealth landing in hot combat zones, or in heavily watched skies.

...hmmm... Maybe it's not that different from tonight?  A lot of eyeballs, pretty dangerous... I don't hear any gunfire yet... She was immediately grateful that the drugs were working.  She felt relaxed, and thoughts had remained inside her head, rather than spoken out loud.   It wouldn't due to be chatting about past missions when you were supposed to be thinking about entertaining men.

Burne had a smile on her face as she passed the captain.  A genuine smile would be helpful throughout the night.  It had in the past, and would do so again.

She nodded to Travers as she was passing, and took a moment to run a hand in it's long black glove down his chest.   "Are you staying with the shuttle then, or will we be seeing you inside?"

And then it was out the door.   Once the shuttle door closed she instinctively said, "...time to acquire my target."  It was an old habit, and right now she felt a bit unprepared, naked of her usual gear to finish a mission.  Tonight it was a ring, a special ring to finish a job.

And Burne was armed with a smile, and some womanly charms that were expected to open doors.   Well, this wouldn't be the first time around that type of dance.