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Double Cross - Twin Shadows, Part 1

Oct 15th, 2015
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  1. Session Start: Thu Oct 15 17:02:06 2015
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  7. [17:12] <Cherem> A return to normalcy for some, a dip into the darkness for others. City N feels different, as if it's changed somehow in the past few weeks. There is a sense of tension in the air, as the cold of autumn rolls towards the harsh bite of winer's chill. In this atmosphere a swirling, roiling conflict bubbles beneath the surface, heated by [17:12] <Cherem> sparks of violence. Shadows malevolent stare at each other, waiting for the next to make a move, for peace or [17:12] <Cherem> blood.
  8. [17:12] <Cherem> Double Cross - Twin Shadows
  9. [17:12] <Cherem> Welcome to the world of Double Cross. This is the world of traitors.
  10. [17:15] <Cherem> We return to City N as Ian Goodwill is finally released home, his phone turned back on, and immediatelly blown up with text messages and missed calls. The penalty for disappearing so long, clearly. It's maybe noon, not even, when they finally released you from the UGN holding facuility with a "Sorry to keep you so long."
  11. [17:18] <Cherem> "Ah, wait up-" Professor Hanase calls out, "I have your new Handler here, Middleman." The gruff professor is walking with a grey-haired man with a goatee and weathered face, and a young woman.
  12. [17:19] <Ian_Goodwill> "No hard feelings." He says as he makes his way to his motorcycle. Ian shuffles through the texts rapidly with a swift glance, trying to figure if he's missed anything major. He still had the ability to do most of his work while in hiding, but without his eyes everywhere he was missing out. Then his attention was drifted to Hanase. "So that's it for the two
  13. [17:19] <Ian_Goodwill> of us then, Doc? Heya, stranger, nice to meet you." Ian is warm in his welcome despite his sarcasm.
  14. [17:20] <Cherem> In fact, yes: your second-in command, a well-speaking man of curious ancestry is telling you that they're being refused entry into your dwelling to drop off a delivery. But that text is also getting bumped out of the way by messages from your sister that are still loading.
  15. [17:21] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Hello, Middleman." The lady clad in a woman's business attire makes a very slight, practiced bow, brushing strands of long black hair away from her face on rising. She seems to have a smile plastered on her face as she stares at Ian. "It's a pleasure to meet you, too."
  16. [17:21] <Cherem> Hanase shrugs, "I'm under investigation too now, they said I'm not supposed to be your direct supervisor anymore. However, considering what you've been through, you're getting bumped up to his jurisdiction."
  17. [17:23] <Ian_Goodwill> "Just call me Ian if we're gonna be close then." Ian was sharply dressed, almost as if he was some kind of chicago businessman, black gloves in hand and a cigarette at his lips, scruffy hair a mess in the strong winds of the day. "Really now? I guess I should be flattered. Still, we've had our moments Hanase." He offers him a handshake.
  18. [17:24] <Cherem> Hanase takes the handshake and firmly squeezes. "Just do well out there. No need to make life hard on yourself. And gon't give Greyhound any trouble."
  19. [17:24] <Cherem> The goatee'd man scowls a bit at Hanase's commentary, but shrugs it off, "We've already met, I recall, but I am Greyhound. I will be your advisor."
  20. [17:25] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Okay." Shizuka's smile widens a touch. After a little pause she adds, as smug as can be. "Ian-chan. I'll extend you the same liberty if you like. I'm Shizuka."
  21. [17:26] <Cherem> As you exchange greetings, the phone keeps buzzing with urgency. Doesn't sound good, might want to check.
  22. [17:26] <Ian_Goodwill> "Ah, just excuse me a sec, I really have to pick this up." Ian steps away from he believes is earshot of the others, answering dryly to his phone. "What?"
  23. [17:28] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Even as Ian goes off the girl just stares. That perpetual smile might be getting a bit creepy.
  24. [17:28] <Cherem> "Onii-san! They've got- you're alive, but, they've got guns! And Akikami-san keeps fighting with them!" Your sister's voice bleeds over, and from the other side you can hear the sound of muffled arguing in intense chinese.
  25. [17:30] <Cherem> Greyhound frowns, "Already back and causing such a fuss." He turns to Shizuka and bows his head, "I'm going to be overseeing you as well."
  26. [17:31] <Ian_Goodwill> "Lena? Just, don't move, I'm coming, okay? I'm sorry I wasn't around-" He realizes now probably isn't the best time to argue. "Just, hang in there, I'll handle it. Is Akite-chan with you? If she is, stay. close." Ian then returns to the group. "Shizuka-chan, really sorry, but we have to move now. Greyhound, we'll talk more later, promise."
  27. [17:31] <Cherem> Greyhound blinks, "Already then? Well, tell me where you're going and I will meet you there. We already have business to discuss."
  28. [17:32] <Ian_Goodwill> "Where are you right now, Lena? I need you to stay calm for now." Ian goes back to his phone.
  29. [17:33] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Let's go then. It sounds like an emergency." Shizuka strolls on over to Ian, entirely too calm for a probable emergency situation.
  30. [17:33] <Cherem> "Home- they kept showing up asking to see you and she kept tossing them out, men in suits?" That's some loud chinese swearing.
  31. [17:35] <Ian_Goodwill> "Well, Greyhound, I'm going home. Meet me whenever." Ian gives an affirmative nod to his new partner as he hurries to his bike, then throws her an helmet. "Hang on tight. It might get messy already."
  32. [17:36] <Cherem> "Home. Well, I'll be there soon then." Greyhound waves a little, and then turns to Hanase as the two head back, talking about 'kids these days'.
  33. [17:36] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Okay, Ian-chan. We'll take care of it." And with that she dons the helmet and skips off to the bike with some modicum of haste to join Ian on the bike.
  34. [17:38] <Cherem> You arrive at the house in what seems like the blink of an eye: there's not that much traffic at this time, and you're in a motorcycle anyways. As your home comes into view, you can see several familiar cars: whenever your men move in an area, it's in one of of those dark black sedans. It has that sort of retro-charm.
  35. [17:39] <Ian_Goodwill> "Sorry to involve you in this, Shizuka-chan. This is kinda off the record and personal." Ian parks his bike and immediatly reaches for a knife he keeps on his person. He figures he probably won't need anything more.
  36. [17:41] <Cherem> It loses some of that charm, however, when one of your guys hits the car with a loud thump, and you hear shouting and cursing in both Japanese and chinese. Between your men and the house is an aura'd up, fuming Akite, her long, ruddy red/brown hair flaring up, dressed in one of YOUR suits with the first few buttons missing.
  37. [17:41] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "It's fine. I might find it fun anyway." Shizuka, in contrast, remains casual and unarmed. Maybe she feels similarly confident. At least until she sees Akite. "... What?"
  38. [17:41] <Cherem> "God above," Your second-in-command is snarling in a mix of Japanese and Chinese, "Who in the hell are you anyways?!"
  39. [17:42] <Cherem> "I'd ask the same of you!" The woman points at him, snarling, "You keep showing up here at ungodly hours at night and morning and expect me to just ignore that? For WEEKS?! THE DOORBELL IS LOUD."
  40. [17:42] <Ian_Goodwill> "You wanted to see me, assholes? Well here I am." Ian spreads his arms wide open as he crosses the street to his house, making himself an obvious target. "I'm home." He adds cheekily.
  41. [17:43] <Cherem> Some of the men turn, and realize who you are. However, your Second-in-Command and Akite are maybe five feet away from each other and still yelling.
  42. [17:44] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka follows behind Ian, smug confidence now replaced with an awkward confusion.
  43. [17:45] <Cherem> Finally, your commander notices, turns, and goes pale, "Boss! Er, this person's been at your place and won't let us deliver the "mail"."
  44. [17:45] <Cherem> Akite turns, "Who the he- You're alive?! And who's that? Where have you been? Who are these people?"
  45. [17:46] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Don't hurt me. I'm on Ian-chan's side!"
  46. [17:46] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian then poclets his knife, as he approaches Huo with a stern look on his face. "One at a time." Ian sighs with relief as he realizes the situation isn't half as bad as he expected. "Huo, why not come in with us and have some tea? Dismiss the others. We'll have a talk."
  47. [17:46] <Cherem> "Eh... -chan, eh?" Akite starts to snicker.
  48. [17:47] <Cherem> Huo blinks, and nods, half-bowing. The others take their leave quickly, returning to their cars (with some complaints about the dented one).
  49. [17:47] <Cherem> "Wait, so, who are you." Akite gives Shizuka a funny look, "Are you UGN too?"
  50. [17:48] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian then proceeds to ignore Akite and walks into the home. "Tadaimaaa." He casually shouts out to no one in particular. Well, that's a lie, he was really expecting to see Lena.
  51. [17:48] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Yes, I'm Shizuka." The girl introduces herself with a small bow. "The UGN assigned me to Ian-chan. I assumed there was going to be violence."
  52. [17:50] <Cherem> Your sister hits you like.. well, she's not energetic enough to be a rocket, but she grabs onto you and you can feel her arms pulling as hard as she can, babbling something about how you've been gone forever, you said you never would, she was so worried, Akite can't cook. Inside, the house isn't as bad as it could be: looks like Lena's had her hands full taking care of the place with Akite around.
  53. [17:51] <Cherem> Akite nods a little and returns the bow, her hands meeting together in a proper martial bow. "Ah, well, there was for a second there." She beams, aura fading down, her muscles seeming to grow less imposing.
  54. [17:51] <Cherem> "You were assigned to this deadbeat?" Akite points over her shoulder at the young man getting his chest beat like a drum by his younger sister.
  55. [17:52] <Ian_Goodwill> "Hey, Lena, I'm sorry, it's a really long story. I think you and I will need to have a chat about... what happened. Anyway, I won't be gone again, and if I have to be, you'll know, I promise. I'll make us tea for now, alright? Just, go sit in the living room." Ian shrugs off, knowing he can't apologize enough to her. "Come in, Shizuka and Huo. I guess you're
  56. [17:52] <Ian_Goodwill> all welcome home for now."
  57. [17:52] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Yes. Maybe the UGN thought it would be good for my mental health. I've learned not to question it."
  58. [17:54] <Cherem> "Well, at least they'll contact you about that kind of thing," Akite mumbles, then grins, "Ah, sorry Middleman, the place kind of got... well, you were gone."
  59. [17:54] <Cherem> Lena nods, but still doesn't let you out of her sight.
  60. [17:54] <Cherem> Hua follows you up without speaking, looking between the four of you. "This is what it's like at Casa de Goodwill, huh boss?"
  61. [17:55] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka heads on in and finds a place to sit after giving Lena a thoughtful look. "It seems like a harem situation." she remarks to no one in particular.
  62. [17:56] <Ian_Goodwill> "I've been off the radar because there was a hit on me, Huo." Ian doesn't really try to make up an excuse as he starts the boiler for tea. "Need anything, Shizuka? Mi Casa, su casa." The word case being on his mind now, barely gratifying her with a frown as she comments.
  63. [17:57] <Cherem> "Please," Akite sits down on the couch, frowning, "He's nowhere near that lucky."
  64. [17:57] <Cherem> Huo frowns, "I see, sir. I guess that explains the absence. I've been keeping an eye on things, there's some stuff in the works."
  65. [17:57] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "I'll just take some of that tea you offered. I'm most relieved to hear that I haven't been assigned to a pervert." Shizuka says as she sits.
  66. [17:59] <Ian_Goodwill> "Also, I think I've made it clear before, no? Don't. scare. my. sister. Don't involve her in anything. You know that." It seems like he might be one after all. He's been moody whenever his sister was mentioned. Soon enough, the tea was ready, and he prepared a cup for each guest.
  67. [18:00] <Cherem> The sister in question is sitting beside Akite, who is talking loudly at her as if she understands that the sister doesn't need to hear any of this. Mostly "can you teach me how to sew, your brother is going to find the clothing eventually".
  68. [18:01] <Cherem> Huo frowns and sighs a little, "It was our bad, I will admit that, but it was serious sir. We've got a big deal in the making, an arms deal, with the Kuo-Ou, the Yakuza here. Bosses upstairs wanted you in on this."
  69. [18:01] <Cherem> He says this in a hushed voice.
  70. [18:01] <Cherem> Lena frowns, "My brother isn't a pervert. He's just... he has a terrible habit of disappearing a lot."
  71. [18:01] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka watches Ian in particular, making a mental note of his protectiveness. Then as Huo speaks she turns her attention to him.
  72. [18:02] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "It must be great having a protective big brother."
  73. [18:02] <Cherem> "Ah..." Lena smiles a little at her hands, mumbling something along the lines of, "Well, I guess."
  74. [18:03] <Ian_Goodwill> "Good, then I'll handle this." He hands Huo a list of safehouses and dead drops he acquired while on the run. "These adresses. They're all safe storage spots if you need them." Ian then glances at the mess around them. "In the meanwhile, I see that I need to hire a maid or a buttler or something."
  75. [18:04] <Ian_Goodwill> Everything was going back to nromal for Ian, at least.
  76. [18:04] <Cherem> Huo nods, "Alright. The meeting with the man is in two days, his name is Tarou. Himoto Tarou."
  77. [18:05] <Cherem> And at that, there's a knock on the door. Akite's up in a moment, Huo moves one hand to his waistband, and Lena shrinks at the sudden movement from the martial artist.
  78. [18:06] <Ian_Goodwill> "I'll get it." Ian then heads to the entrance, expecting Greyhound to be behind the door. "Shizuka, mind preparing an extra cup?"
  79. [18:06] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Right away, Ian-chan." Shizuka is up in a moment, off to find a spare cup.
  80. [18:07] <Cherem> Going into the kitchen, it's not a nightmare, but there's plenty of dishes, little counter space, and lots of ramen packets. A whole lot of ramen packets.
  81. [18:09] <Cherem> Outside, Greyhound is indeed waiting. He's dressed in typical fair: a dark blue button-up and black slacks with suspenders, a satchel over one shoulder and his jacket handing over his arm, fumbling around for a cigarette. "There you are. It sounded loud inside, am I interrupting anything?"
  82. [18:10] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka pours the tea into the cup, looking at the ramen for a few moments with something approaching contempt. What good is a big brother who won't protect his little sister from junk food?!
  83. [18:11] <Ian_Goodwill> "No smoking inside, and no sensitive topics around my sister. Come on in." He invites him in and shakes his head. "A mess of a return home is all."
  84. [18:12] <Cherem> Greyhound frowns, stashing away his cigarettes and entering, leaving his shoes in the doorway. He walks in, introducing himself to Huo, who in turn introduces himself as your "business associate."
  85. [18:12] <Cherem> Akite frowns at the older man, but sits back down next to Lena
  86. [18:13] <Cherem> "So, making yourself at home already, Shizuka-san," Greyhound comments, "So this is my charge's house. I must say... well, it must be good to be back."
  87. [18:14] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka makes her way over to Greyhound with the tea, offering it with a small bow. "Tea, sir. The place has a quaint charm to it."
  88. [18:14] <Ian_Goodwill> "It'll be good once Akite pays the cleaner bill and the first month salary of the maid I'll get." He says that just loud enough to make sure Akite hears him, grin on his face, then guides them to the living room."
  89. [18:15] <Cherem> Greyhound takes it with a wry smile, "Oh, thank you very much. It'll be good to work with you." He follows Ian, nodding at the others.
  90. [18:15] <Cherem> Akite pales a little, "Don't worry, my wages for babysitting and assorted expenses will go into that." She laughs a little as Lena fires back with "You weren't babysitting!"
  91. [18:17] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian makes sure to seat next of his sister then, nodding to Greyhound. "Well, this house is more lively than ever now, isn't it?" He sips his tea grins at the bitterness of it. "Well, at least Mary taught me something..."
  92. [18:18] <Cherem> Lena nods, "I haven't seen this many people since we went out to eat that time. It's... Nice." She glows a little, looking at her hands, until she looks up, "At least it would be if two of the people weren't fighting a moment before."
  93. [18:19] <Cherem> Greyhound raises an eyebrow, looking at Shizuka for an answer.
  94. [18:19] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka sits and sips from her own cup. "A domestic dispute of sorts, sir."
  95. [18:19] <Ian_Goodwill> "Huo, my... business partner. A misunderstanding." Ian quickly clarifies.
  96. [18:21] <Cherem> Huo frowns a little, looking to the side. "Well, I think I'll be going sir. I'll see you tomorrow." He stands and bows, "Good to meet you, Mister Greyhound. I'm sure we will meet again." Huo shoots a look at Akite before stepping out.
  97. [18:22] <Cherem> Greyhound nods deeply in response, waiting for him to leave and then clearing his throat. "Middleman, Ian-san, I need to speak with you and Kirishima-san in private."
  98. [18:22] <Cherem> Akite's ears perk up, but Lena doesn't seem like she heard anything.
  99. [18:23] <Ian_Goodwill> He frowns and makes a quick "Shut it." motion to greyhound. "It'll be just a sec, Lena, alright?"
  100. [18:24] <Cherem> Lena blinks, "Huh? What?"
  101. [18:24] <Cherem> Greyhound frowns, "She can't hear me. Only Overed can hear me now. It's a talent they teach UGN Agents."
  102. [18:25] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Isn't it great?"
  103. [18:26] <Ian_Goodwill> "Oh, erm, nevermind." Ian seems... relieved but annoyed at the same time. "I misheard something." His lips curl in awkwardness.
  104. [18:26] <Cherem> Akite laughs a little bit, "He can hear everything but what he needs to hear."
  105. [18:26] <Cherem> That remark gets her a light tap from Lena for "bullying when he just got back."
  106. [18:28] <Cherem> Greyhound nods, "Anyways, we have a job for you two. There is a potential in we have with the local Yakuza Syndicate, Kou-Ou. He has a strong distaste for Overed within the organization, and we think he will help us isolate False Heart members."
  107. [18:28] <Cherem> His voice does seem to have a strange tone to it, like a buzzing in your ear.
  108. [18:30] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka just nods and smiles at that, looking to Ian to see his reaction.
  109. [18:31] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian starts frowning a bit, but still enjoys his tea. "So, Lena, how can I make up for you? Maybe we could book for Disneyland or something, right?" He tries to make situation appear as normal as can be. His only aknowledgement of Greyhound is his eyes fixed on him.
  110. [18:32] <Cherem> "Ah, that would be nice. Akikami-san offered to take me to the amusement park again, but last time we had bad luck." Lena smiles a little, "But that would be nice. Or we could visit Tokyo, and see the sights sometime."
  111. [18:33] <Cherem> "His name is Himoto Tarou, and he makes up the head of the anti-overed faction within his family. They've taken to the Overed slowly, but those who posess the renegade climb the ranks much faster than others, and he resents it. We think that could be a bargaining point."
  112. [18:35] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "I recommend the wisteria tunnels. They can be very romantic at the right time of year." Shizuka remarks, emphasizing with a nod that was probably intended for Greyhound.
  113. [18:36] <Ian_Goodwill> "Oh, I know a guy named Tarou, I'm supposed to meet him in two days, I think he's a Tokyo local, I'll talk about that with him, see what he suggests seeing." Ian keeps sipping at his tea, ignoring the comment of Shizuka, mostly.
  114. [18:36] <Cherem> Lena flushes a little, "I-I didn't mean anything like that!" She looks down at her tea, "I just, haven't really seen the city yet, so..."
  115. [18:37] <Cherem> Akite snickers a little, "Ah, to be a maiden again."
  116. [18:37] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "I should come along. I'd love to exchange a few good ideas on choice locations."
  117. [18:38] <Cherem> Greyhound smiles gruffly, "Good. The job will be simple: make contact with him, and discuss the issue with him. Get on his good side, and we can use him to root out the False Hearts. I'll leave how you meet with him to you two."
  118. [18:39] <Cherem> Lena seems far too embarassed to comment, drinking her tea quietly.
  119. [18:41] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian then realizes Lena might mistake Shizuka for... something. "Oh, by the way, Lena, this is Shizuka-chan, my newest assistant on the field. Y'know, selling and buying property, I can't keep track of all that by myself. Especially not when Dad calls for business back home. " Ian decides that the simplest thing to do is to lie. Again.
  120. [18:42] <Cherem> Lena blinks, "Oh... Oh! You work with Onii-san?" She looks Shizuka dead in the eye.
  121. [18:44] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Yes, we just made contact for the job today. I think it will be very productive and maybe even fun." Shizuka meets the gaze for all of several seconds before she defends by closing both eyes and smiling.
  122. [18:45] <Ian_Goodwill> "...She's a natural, I think her and I might just get along in the business." Ian nods sagely.
  123. [18:46] <Cherem> Lena shows a surprising amount of fire as she nods a little. "Alright. Just, you two be careful. It's a lot of money, housing, I think." Lena realizes what she was doing and quickly shrinks again.
  124. [18:47] <Cherem> Akite grins, "I think Lena's jealous somebody will be monopolizing her Onii-san's time." She pets Lena on the top of the head, who stands up quickly and runs to her room.
  125. [18:47] <Cherem> Greyhound watches as she goes, and Akite follows her up and out saying she's sorry, she went to far, etc.
  126. [18:47] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "I won't eat too much time." Shizuka says, waving as the two leave.
  127. [18:48] <Cherem> Greyhound clears his throat, "Convenient."
  128. [19:32] <Cherem> ===SCENE END===
  129. [19:36] <Cherem> Jamie, you managed to get away from the UGN a little bit after Ian was released: they had a few more questions regarding your affiliation, but nothing too hard. They did drop a line that if you were found consorting with False Hearts or other questionable individuals it would reflect negativly on everybody. They still let you go though, after introducing you to Greyhound over the phone.
  130. [19:36] <Cherem> More importantly, you recieved a call the second you stepped off the UGN campus, from the dead phone that was given to you by Kuromizo, the representative of the Guhin group.
  131. [19:37] <Jamie_Knapp> Her trip to the hospital might have to wait... "Yes?"
  132. [19:37] <Cherem> "Miss Playback. We have business to discuss. At our last location, I'm sure you recall it. It's rather urgent as well, so as soon as you are able."
  133. [19:38] <Jamie_Knapp> "On my way."
  134. [19:38] <Cherem> Kuromizo doesn't sound irritated, but he's certainly as curt as always. "Good. I will be waiting." The connection goes dead. It's not too much of a drive to the projects, where it looks like there's been some improvements done, but nothing to actually make these buildings useful to anybody but clandestine organizations and the homeless.
  135. [19:42] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie checks her corners when she can. One can never be too careful, especially in these surroundings. At least the UGN had let her keep most of her gear. She'd decided on reinforced plainclothes, her usual tactical body armor or pantsuit wouldn't have fit in well here.
  136. [19:43] <Cherem> Inside, Kuromizo is waiting, smoking a cigarette. "Welcome back. I trust your time off the grid gave you some well-needed rest?"
  137. [19:44] <Jamie_Knapp> That earns a smirk. "You heard about Viktor, I assume?"
  138. [19:45] <Cherem> "Of course. Our people have already been by his sanctum." He grinds out his cigarette, "So even if he died, we still got what we needed. What we need now though is a kidnapping. Of sorts." He looks at his wrist scowling. "They're late."
  139. [19:48] <Jamie_Knapp> She mulls over the kidnapping bit for a moment but shrugs inwardly, not the worst she's done. "We've got company then?"
  140. [19:49] <Cherem> "Supposed to." Kuromizo shrugs, "We've been asked to move a voltile political character out of the country, by staging his kidnapping. Believe it or not, he wants to be kidnapped."
  141. [19:50] <Jamie_Knapp> "Oh?" Better than she'd thought then. "Who's the lucky guy?"
  142. [19:52] <Cherem> "A member of Kou-Ou, named Himoto Tarou." Kuromizo pulls a manilla folder from his bag and hands it over. Inside are several pictures of the man, his daily schedule, his flight plan, and the instructions on how he wants his kidnapping to occur. "He was very particular about the details, Paranoia comes with his job."
  143. [19:54] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie's impressed as she skims over the plans. "I guess so. So who are we expecting? My team?"
  144. [19:57] <Cherem> "We've looked into other members: an Assassin going by 'Guillotine', and another member of the underworld." Kuromizo lights up another cigarette, "It shouldn't be hard though. You're to impersonate members of another crime syndicate, kill his guards, rough him up a bit, and then take him to a safehouse. You'll lay low for a few days while we observe the situation, and then you'll escort him to the airport, where he will be boarding a plane to I don't care where." Kuromizo takes a pull off his cigarette.
  145. [19:58] <Cherem> "This will be during a sitdown with another syndicate member, to implicate their organization," He continues, "They shouldn't be a problem, just knock them out, kill them if you absolutely have to. We need to make it look like there was at least a struggle. If you do kill them, take care of the body so both bosses are missing."
  146. [19:59] <Jamie_Knapp> "Alright. Seems a bit drastic but I take it this is all his planning."
  147. [20:01] <Cherem> "Yes. He wants to escape in the chaos. His family will be joining him in a month or so, but that's not our business." Kuromizo lets out another cloud of smoke. "He is paying well, and you'll see a good payoff for this."
  148. [20:01] <Jamie_Knapp> "That's all a girl can ask." She says coyly.
  149. [20:02] <Cherem> Kuromizo nods, "And I should say, good work killing Viktor. His use as an asset was limited, but with him gone we're out a loose end." He waves over his shoulder as he passes you by. "Good luck with this one. I'll attempt to contact the others."
  150. [20:05] <Jamie_Knapp> "Thanks. Send them my way when you do get a hold of them. I don't want to go into this thing blind."
  151. [20:08] <Cherem> "Of course." Kuromizo waves over his shoulder, "There's a bag back there with uniforms and a key to the safehouse. Stop by there to get the decoy car before you move out.:"
  152. [20:12] <Jamie_Knapp> "Got it. See you around." Jamie waits until he's gone to get moving. Once she grabs the equipment she heads back to her car, doing her best to make sure she's not being followed. She'll take a round-about route, but eventually she'll head towards the hospital.
  153. [20:18] <Cherem> ===SCENE END===
  154. [20:21] <Cherem> Several days later, we return to Ian, being driven by several of his underlings to a local bar. It's known as a common ground, not really controlled by any syndicate, dodging the bullet as it were by it's location and the many powers that be. From the outside, it seems like a nice resturaunt, with shaded windows and some trees outside. Inside, it's dimmly lit, with tables in the center and a long bar. However, there are also private rooms, and it's one of these that has been reserved by Kou-Ou boss Himoto.
  155. [20:22] <Cherem> As you approach, you see that the place has two guards out front, four inside, one of whom is standing by the door.
  156. [20:22] <Cherem> door to the private room.
  157. [20:23] <Cherem> Shizuko, you have joined Ian to meet Himoto, and his men are treating you with all the respect and dignity that being a friend of their boss deserves. In fact, they're arguably treating you better, as the Second-In-Command Huo doesn't give you any sass, but he's just ever so snarky with Ian.
  158. [20:24] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "This is very manly." Shizuka quietly remarks as she notes the environment. She offers a quick, polite bow to no one in particular, perhaps a sign of respect for the place itself.
  159. [20:26] <Cherem> The Yakuza guards look at you, and you can see they're armed with knives. It's nothing compared to what Ian's guards are packing.
  160. [20:27] <Ian_Goodwill> "Nice to have you at our 'office' today, Shizuka-chan. Tonight you are our honoured guest it seems." Ian is dressed just as sharply as ever as he is led through the small restaurant. For some reason, Ian has handed out some kind of breathing mask to Huo, that he told him to keep handy 'just in case'.
  161. [20:28] <Cherem> Huo takes the breathing mask, giving it a weird look, "Sure boss." He follows you to the room.
  162. [20:28] <Cherem> Outside it, the guard holds up his hand. "Our Honored Leader Himoto-san requests that you only bring in one of your companions, as a show of good will. He assures you he has honored you in the same manner."
  163. [20:28] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka comes along as well, smiling sweetly. "I am very pleased to be here. It's thrilling and nostalgic."
  164. [20:31] <Ian_Goodwill> "Ah, of course. My honoured guest Shizuka-chan, then, are you ready for the meeting? Huo, go enjoy yourself, drinks are on me tonight." Ian adjusts his warding detection glasses for the briefest moment.
  165. [20:32] <Cherem> Huo nods, "Of course boss. I'll leave it to you." He bows, finally completely respectful in front of the rival syndicate.
  166. [20:32] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "It will be my pleasure."
  167. [20:33] <Cherem> The guard in turn steps aside, opening the door for you. Inside, the room is about three meters across, with a large table in the center. There is already sake in the center, and sitting on one side is a man with jet-black hair lined with salt, his face cleanly shaven. His eyes are small and pointed, his jaw set and strong.
  168. [20:34] <Cherem> "You must be Goodwill-san." The man stands up, along with his bodyguard, a man dressed in a fine navy blue kimono. "And who is your companion?" He looks at Shizuka.
  169. [20:35] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka's expression grows dead series as she enters, offering the man a deep bow and holding it for a few moments before straightening herself.
  170. [20:35] <Ian_Goodwill> "Tarou-san, I presume. A pleasure to meet you in person." Ian respectfully bows to him before approaching the table. "The lovely lady here is my guest of the evening, Shizuka-chan."
  171. [20:37] <Cherem> Himoto returns the bow, sitting down, crossing his legs indian style. "It is good to make your acquaintance. My guard here is Akebashi-san. He is a man of few words."
  172. [20:38] <Cherem> The guard nods a little, sitting carefully beside his leader.
  173. [20:39] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian seats down at the table Japanese-style, it being awkward to him considered he was wheelchair confined for most of his life, discovering new muscles he never thought he had. "Very well, then. Let's talk business, then."
  174. [20:41] <Cherem> "Yes. Akebashi, a drink for our guests." Himoto guestures forward, "As you are aware, the times we live in are violent. My family and friends are in peril, and we require a more substantial means of defending ourselves. Japan's laws are outdated concerning guns, and knives do not work as well as they used to for defense."
  175. [20:43] <Ian_Goodwill> "Guns won't do much for you against what you're fighting against, Tarou." Ian adds as before mouthing a thank you to the bodyguard serving him a drink. "But you already know so, don't you?"
  176. [20:44] <Cherem> Akebashi nods slowly, offering a drink to Shizuka as well. This is, of course, after pouring one for his own boss. Protocol and all.
  177. [20:44] <Cherem> "Do I, Goodwill-san?" Himoto sits up straighter, "We are getting to the point quickly. Good. We require special weapons and weaponry."
  178. [20:45] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka nods her thanks and takes the cup, taking a tiny, dignified sip.
  179. [20:47] <Ian_Goodwill> "I can get you anything you need. Explosives, firearms, hell I might even somehow throw in a light armored vehicle. You need the best you can get for what you want to do. In fact, we might have more in common than you think." Ian takes a sip of his drink as well. "I've got my eyes and ears everywhere in City N."
  180. [20:49] <Cherem> Himoto nods a little, "Good, good. My people require that kind of firepower. To begin with, we can start with orders of anti..." he glances at his bodyguard, "He will tell no-one. I require anti-overed bullets. Firearms as well. we cannot compete with them now."
  181. [20:52] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka nods, making a zipping motion across her lips.
  182. [20:53] <Cherem> Akabashi doesn't look entirely confortable with this, but he looks down, sitting stone still.
  183. [20:54] <Ian_Goodwill> "First of all, I need to know how much information you have about the False Hearts. I want to know you've taken the proper precautions, and that they won't be able to trace this back to my family."
  184. [20:56] <Cherem> At that, Himoto sits up straight, "I have enough. The organization as a whole... Is not linked with False Hearts. But they have infiltrated us, the Overed, and will consume us. They flaunt their power."
  185. [20:59] <Ian_Goodwill> " 'Enough' is not good enough for me or my associate. If the UGN, as outsiders, know of you, then it means you probably messed up somewhere. At this point, we are probably protecting your life." Ian then 'flaunts' his own UGN agent badge, not mentioning if he himself is an Overed.
  186. [21:01] <Cherem> "You are with the government then." Himoto sits up and sighs, and you catch a glimpse of his right hand- two of his fingers are missing, pinkie and ring.
  187. [21:01] <Ian_Goodwill> "I'm with my family." He specifies and insists on.
  188. [21:02] <Ian_Goodwill> "They do not know I am meeting you in this capacity tonight. They think we're simply meeting as part of a UGN investigation."
  189. [21:02] <Cherem> "It is not unknown I dislike how the Overed had spread through our organization," Himoto declares, "I Have made it clear that I will not support any Overed, in my family or working for me. They are not human, demons in human skin."
  190. [21:02] <Cherem> "That is how I am known to the Universal Guardian Network," Himoto drops the full name. "But you say they do not know you moonlight as..."
  191. [21:04] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka twitches at that, resisting the urge to give Ian an expectant look. She takes another sip from her sake cup.
  192. [21:04] <Ian_Goodwill> "Not as far as I am aware. I doubt they'd take kindly to the arms trade business." He chuckles a bit as he finishes his sake. "Cooperate with the UGN and you will have your weapons. You and them at least have in common a dislike in the False Hearts, as much as I do."
  193. [21:06] <Cherem> Himoto sips his drink, glancing at his watch, "I'm sure we do." And then, he drops his drink at the sudden sound of gunfire.
  194. [21:06] <Cherem> === SCENE PAUSE ===
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