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Re: IC 3 - Amsterdam - Day 3

Gatac posted in IC 3 - Amsterdam - Day 3 on 2017-10-22 11:01:09
Caroline cracks a grin at the phrase "goat fuck", but it's Mace who answers.

"You'll be bringing up the rear when we're moving," Mace says. "When we're put, you sweep the crowd, keep moving, and when you see something, say something. That's usually Caroline's beat but I'm sure you'll prove that a guy can do just as good a job. More importantly, it keeps you and any bullets you might try to catch as far away from Mr. Lewis as possible."
Mason nods. "Smart play, that's been kind of a problem recently." He pauses. "You guys work with...outside three-letter backup often?"
"Of course," Mace says. "DSS, FBI, DEA...all the good guys."
"I take it that doesn't include my current employers?" Mason asks, looking at his three new coworkers. Mace might as well be wearing a "Ask me about my opinions on the CIA", but Caroline winces when he reels off his shpiel, while Pete and Lewis seem content to watch things play out for the moment.
"Not usually, no," Mace finally says.
"You're not usually this chatty, Mace," Pete weighs in.
"I don't usually have these kinds of complications," Mace answers. "I'm watching you, spyboy."
"Gentlemen," Lewis says. "We all salute the same flag, don't we? Let's not keep his Majesty waiting."
"Sounds good to me," Mason replies. "Lead the way."

Re: IC 3 - Amsterdam - Day 3

punkey posted in IC 3 - Amsterdam - Day 3 on 2017-10-22 10:35:20
"Good to hear," Mason replies, finishing the handshake/battle of masculinity with a strong shake. "Glad to be working with professionals," he continues as he looks from the consul to the bodyguards. "This isn't my first goat fuck, so just let me know what positions you need me in and I'll be there - and when I'm not going to be, I'll let you know."

Re: OOC

Gatac posted in OOC on 2017-10-22 06:25:44
Still need what Luc's doing/how he's getting in.

Re: IC 3 - Amsterdam - Day 3

Gatac posted in IC 3 - Amsterdam - Day 3 on 2017-10-22 06:24:59
Mason and his new suit stroll right up to the US consulate on the edge of the Museumplein, a nice little brownstone surrounded by a not so nice fence. Exchanging a few nods with the obligatory Marines on guard, he finds a "motorcade" of two black limousines as they're packing up for the ride to the royal palace. As is, the trio of bodyguards give him a bit of a stinkeye - it's not that his suit is indecently more stylish than theirs are, but it costs money to make a suit that looks just right on a man without drawing attention to itself, and it's clear that Mason's suit has had that money spent on it, while they're languishing in the 500 dollar tier of incredible deals on made-to-order suits.

"Mace," the leader of the bodyguard element - big, black, born in a suit - introduces himself with a firm handshake. "You're riding with Caroline and Pete," he adds with a glance at his colleagues, a woman sporting a buzz cut and piercing brown eyes, as well as a guy whose mustache exudes a certain undeniable Texas-ness. "Don't get in our way," Mace finishes.
"I'm sure he'll be fine," a balding man with in his fifties says as he walks out of the consulate front door, wearing a very nice light blue three-piece suit. "Kerry Lewis," the consular says, also shaking Mason's hand. "Glad to have another old war-dog on the team. Black Knights '91, second into Iraq after the Brits." He grips a little tighter. "Your boss said this might get kinetic," he says in a low voice.
"That's our department, Sir," Mace says.
Lewis doesn't let go of Mason's hand, or break eye contact with him. "Don't worry about me," he finally says, after what seems like a detailed visual assessment of Mason's better qualities. "I can handle myself. You just get the job done."

---

La Presse, that rock of Québécois print journalism, doesn't often send media teams to Europe, but in light of recent terror scares in Europe, the Dutch Day of Remembrance seems particularly poignant, especially as it is rumored that the King will use his speech to both denounce extremism and plead for staying the course against violence - sentiments that, just a few years ago, would have sounded trite, but now take on both greater urgency and (dare we say it) might invite controversy. And wherever polite dissent might be approaching, Canada cannot be far behind.

And so it is that Chad Yachtzmann, the one-quarter-Dutch-on-my-mother's-side reporter, and Spencer Freneau, the sort-of-reverse-Louisiana-Creole photographer, are having a little meeting in the "PRESS" security queue with their producer/second reporter Joanna Généreux.

Except it's really Tim and Blake getting a first unobstructed look at what they think is Valentina de Silva, Agent of FRACTAL. Except Tim's been around enough secret agents to tell when somebody's wearing a subtle full-face mask. Easier to pull off when you're a woman and meant to be in heavy make-up and can therefore pull off looking a bit "fake", but still.

"I was really hoping to speak to your boss," deSilva(?) says. "But I guess she'll find her own way inside. Let's save the shop talk for later, then?"

Re: IC 3 - Amsterdam - Day 3

Gatac posted in IC 3 - Amsterdam - Day 3 on 2017-10-18 00:34:33
There is silence on the line before Liam chuckles.

"Be seeing you," he says, then hangs up.

Re: IC 3 - Amsterdam - Day 3

MikeS posted in IC 3 - Amsterdam - Day 3 on 2017-10-18 00:14:20
"Vat is all you got? If you are looking for a ticket out of ve Chinese 'ole you doeg yourself, you will 'ave to do better van vat. I'll be listening to vat boeg you turned off."

Luc moves to hang up, but gives Liam a moment to put in a better offer.

Re: Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3

CrazyIvan posted in Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3 on 2017-10-17 17:09:05
Angel ruminates for a moment. "In fairness, I don't actually think there's a force on this planet that can handle a full-on invasion. If things have gotten to that stage, it's time to talk about hardened bunkers and guerrilla campaigns."

"But yeah, I'm with FTE. I'm all for Akwhela's Eye for a smash and grab."

Re: Empire

MikeS posted in Empire on 2017-10-17 16:48:23
"I will not reveal your secret", Takao agrees. "You have a firm conviction, and while it runs contrary to bushido at times, it feels like you have the best interest of the heimin at heart."

"But what about the Killer Bees? Is anyone left who knows your secret, and who could blackmail you?"

"Let's head back to Daiki's house and make sure that the letters don't fall into wrong hands. He and his family will need protection; Lady Ikishi will not take it well when her leverage suddenly disappears. And speaking of Daiki: you might as well tell him the truth. He suspects it anyway. I think you can win him over when you tell him the price you paid and continue to pay to honor his sister's memory and vision."

Re: IC 3 - Amsterdam - Day 3

skullandscythe posted in IC 3 - Amsterdam - Day 3 on 2017-10-17 14:37:13
Blake's face falters as Randall confirms his suspicions, but he manages to slip the mask back on quickly. He even smiles - and one with some feeling to it - as he clasps Randall's hand.
"God willing, indeed," Blake replies. "Thank you, Mr. Randall, and stay safe."

Blake helps Mason with any last minute prep work, if necessary, and thanks him for his help as well once they're in the van.

Re: IC 3 - Amsterdam - Day 3

Gatac posted in IC 3 - Amsterdam - Day 3 on 2017-10-17 13:35:03
While Mason finishes up on first aidin' Keller, Randall gingerly walks over to a corner of the workshop. The bench there pivots aside, revealing a safe, which Randall opens to retrieve a small USB flashdrive.

"I had a feeling you might be back," Randall says, handing the flashdrive to Blake. "Spectral analysis results. It reads as Semtex, but without detection taggants - neither EGND nor DMDNB. Highly irregular, but consistent with your analysis of the munitions as a custom build. I'm afraid I can't speculate on where this might have been made, but perhaps someone more familiar with Russian explosives in particular can make use of the data to point you the way."

He shakes Blake's hand.

"Best of luck with your investigation, Mr. Johnson," he says. "God willing, we'll meet again in good health."