Clear Waters

Of meetings and men

Arianna LeFevre goes to meet John Cobb, parks nearby, does a recce, then just walks up to the house, dog barking upon her arrival. She knocks and is answered by the Bonifays eldest daughter who is pointing a rifle at her. John is behind her with another gun, she is brought in. She has a chat with john and offers to help free Harry. She gets a tentative agreement, calls her people, talks with Harry, who is in an angry mood. And has to be talked into co-operating.

Dallas McFarland, William Powers, Vincent Bowen, meet with Jamie Bonifay, who agrees to pay for the cost of the rescue. They hire a boat to get to the house.

Meanwhile Arianna hires a hopper to get the house quickly because the agreement to keep the prisoner safe, allowing them to escape expires in forty minutes. They get to the house, where they are placed in circle of sensors that has a bomb in the middle. They are told the bomb will deactivate in three hours.

Dallas, William, Vincent arrive at the house and a question and answer session happens as they determine who is in there and what is happening. They arrive at a solution to cut through the roof and use a hoist to pull them out.

They have another chat with Arianna, who presents herself as a special planner, who can help in a wide variety of situations. She is told they will be in touch.

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Intrigues new game

Marcus Witterburg shows up unannounced at William Powers door to his surprise. He is let in and messily helps himself to breakfast, then lightly brushes off William request to clean up after himself.

As Dallas McFarland, Vincent Bowen and William arrive at work, their login cards don’t work and they have to sign in by hand. Everyone is talking about the hacking event and it has become a watershed moment for the area, as people become aware of the stakes. They meet at lunch to plan the next step of laying a false trail of evidence. When Dallas hacks into the FMC she notices her progress is being trailed, so she does a file transfer and logs out. Also the front facing websites have been moved to a third party service. Then tells them about that they can’t plant anymore evidence.

William finds out that Vincent has to provide names of people to the Sheriff, which William sees as good news, they can plant evidence on their enemies. Like Anasi, who are vying for the contracts Willaims incorp want. They get the disguise kit and plan to plant so Ansai is a implicated.

John Watts calls Vincent to ask about the hacking job. He is just checking up, but isn’t satisfied by the brief answers. He tells him that he doesn’t like the idea of valuable research to save the world being destroyed and reminds him they need to keep out of trouble.

Arianna LeFevre gets a call from Camile Westerhaven about the safety of her mother, which Arianna reassures her is not in danger. Camile gives her the number of a security team that can be called if the situation changes. At work Joanna Westerhaven goes out with Arianna to view all the facilities at the FMC for what can be supplied by Anasi. She takes copious notes. They then are denied access to the main FMC building, so Joanna makes a speech, holding up a thick folder on all the work her assistant has done on the project.

The main group decide to infiltrate Marcus into a political group to help with the planting of evidence that can disrupt their rivals. He is enthusiastic, but needs a few days to learn the political information.

William plants the disguise remnants in the dumpster used by Anasi. Vincent sends a message to the sheriff about where some evidence can be found. The Sheriff wants to meet him. Once there he asks Vincent how he came about the information and picks holes in his story, like the description of the men or if he overheard the conversation or was told this directly, which he uses interchangeably.

After he tells his friends the meeting didn’t go well, while Marcus reports some deputies and a detective collected the evidence. They plan to have Marcus hire some fall guys that match the description.

Later Arianna hears that a bomb will go off on the FMC grounds during a protest meeting. A stage is being set up for various people to make a speech from across the political opinions. Joanna decides to also address the crowd and give an alternative point of view.

The speeches are partly organsised by Mr Dread and Mrs Dread. While 5-0, Beatle and The lady have joined the work study program to stir up the pot.

The Dean starts off the proceedings, appealing for calm, rational debate and clear heads, that message isn’t well received. Each speaker has been arranged to go between the different viewpoints, from freedom of purpose and links, to bringing in many incorp and government partners and different shades in between.

When Joanna strides onto the stage, silence falls, if this was a boardroom her message would be well received, but it was filled with a hostile crowd. Persevering her message was conveyed over stony eyes. While words of co-operation were received well by some who worked or studied at the FMC, hearing it from the horses mouth was something else. An ear shattering boom cut off her words, a billow of smoke and a fall of debris followed down.

Chaos broke out among the crowd, but stage hands rushed forward to bring the executive off the stage and around the side of the building, with Arianna at her side.

In the crowd, Marcus starts a shout that carried through and raised their emotions even higher. Death to the incorps, Death to the incorps. A riot breaks out and the campus officeses rented by the all the incorps get raided and sacked. Dallas and William use the opportunity to take the paper documents from the Anasi office. The computer system, a VPN has no local data.

William passes the information passes to his boss, who passes it down the line.

After the bomb, John Watts calls Vincent again and asks if they were involved. He admits that the hacking job was theirs, in an attempt to show their ‘good points’. John doesn’t take the news well and tells them he will give the other team their details, to take care of them, then hangs up.

They plan to raid the BHouse secret research center.

Arianna goes to Miami with Joanna, where she picks a hotel, settles in with a G+T, then sends Arianna on her way.

Jamie Bonifay calls Dallas, Harry Bonifay has been kidnapped by the people at the restaurant. John Cobb came around to the house to tell her. Dallas arranges to meet them at the pier, while they tool up to free him.

Meanwhile Arianna notices that he has gone missing, so she calls up Willy Marshall and pays him off to get an address, which he does. So she sets off to take care of the loose end.

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The FMC gambit begins

After a three days of planning Dallas McFarland gains access to the FMC’s admin account in the network. She makes a persona for William Powers as a security guard. He uses a disguise kit to alter his features and makes a crude but effective uniform.

Vincent Bowen has a meeting with his contact who reminds him of the limited time left. He contacts Dallas to help him plant incriminating evidence against a Chinese student studying at the FMC.

Dallas William and Vincent are contacted by Harry Bonifay who is complaining about the people staying at his house. He had confronted them, telling them to get out. John Cobb and Harry had an argument, with Harry feeling betrayed by his friend. He pulls out a rifle, only to have the group respond with like. Arianna LeFevre is also there and has been taking with John, trying to get him to open up and find the source of the recent crime wave. Meanwhile the new group are planning their first move.

William enters the FMC in his disguise. Without problem he injects varies machines with viruses. While leaving he passes two other guards who fail to be concerned at his presence.

Over the next two days the damage is done. Protests sweep through the FMC in an already politicized population. Vincent passes on some information, arrests are made. William by his boss that Anasi have also offered to replace the broken equipment, which could be a problem. They had been trying to get a contract to build a new first aid center. Now they plan to plant some more evidence to discredit Anasi as well.

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Blue Plan-it?

Dallas McFarland and William Powers plan how to disrupt the research operations at the FMC. Dallas would disrupt the security and get viruses that can be injected into the machines. Which William, disguised as someone known to work with another incorp.

Arianna LeFevre gets contacted by her ELF contacts online to help a team who would be arriving in a few hours. A five member team needs to be met nearby and helped to meld into the local scene. Arianna is given the names of John Cobb and Willy Marshall as possible contacts. She calls John and arranges a tour in the afternoon.

The next day they go for another tour with lunch as an excuse to visit the Bonifay house and restaurant.

A hidden camera in a tree nearby, alerts Harry Bonifay of the people at his property. He calls Dallas to ask if she knows why they are there. He doesn’t understand why John didn’t tell him. She tells him, she doesn’t know anything and dismissed his call.

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Aftermath, fallout, impact, outcome, upshot

Vincent Bowen is on the phone to John Watts, who wants to know if the problem (i.e George Algernon Percy) had been solved. Vincent claims that the problem is solved. Then he gets a message from Dallas McFarland to check the news. He sees the smoldering house, recognises it and hopes that George Percy is dead. A body is brought out under a white sheet, it is unclear who it is. Vincent also has reminded John Watts that they have the minimum team numbers now.

Meanwhile John Watts has set up triggers to tell him of certain types of news from the area. After seeing the news he tells Vincent he will get back to him.

The group agree to meet in Charlotte to discuss the events. Marcus Witterburg calls William Powers with an update. He is also filled about what happened to Percy, who Marcus dismisses him as English and weird for everything which happened. His mother is getting closer to the location of their research facility to a business park. Also the third group, retired middle managers have also withdrawn from importunity to go to Poseidon.

John Watts calls back, the news is out that it was George Baptist who died not Percy. He tries to convince John that Percy is dead, but without any concrete information, his words fails to persuade. The previous demand for each of them to give a guarantee for the deal for Poseidon is put aside, since he has information that would cause them problems. He asks if they really want to go and that they will have to face the last remaining contender. Vincent says yes and then is told to keep a low profile.

The group consider this as good news, since as Dallas McFarland says, it is one less obstacle and they are good at surviving. The smuggling operation is two weeks away, in the meantime they have to sabotage some of the FMC’s equipment to satisfy the condition for John Peterson joining the group for the mission. For this Dallas scouts out the building.

Vincent and William go to visit Morgan and Stanley to see can they co-operate on the sabotage mission by being given some stolen equipment in exchange for help.

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George and George have some fun

George Baptist waits outside the house of George Algernon Percy, watching him leave for work and arrive after work. Managing to not bring any attention to himself. While waiting in his car, he decides to sleep for two hours, only to be woken by the sound of a hopper. So he jumps in a garden bush and watches.

Percy has been in contact with his GEO army buddies to organise an untraceable escape. He is packed and ready to go. The hopper wants to land on his lawn and comes down very close. However the manual landing is misjudged and the hopper crashes into the side of the house. The trust of flame knocks Percy on to the ground, smoke overwhelming him.

The Hopper lands properly half on the road and half on the lawn. The pilot runs out with a fire hood that has a breathing masks. Baptist runs to the hopper which he presumes is unguarded and is met by a guard with a gun at the ready and is ordered to drop his.

Percy recovers from the initial shock and begins to crawl to the back of the house. The pilot gets lost and confused in the smoke and flame and fails to find Percy. The guard gives a breathing mask to baptist to retrieve the pilot, following closely behind.

Baptist goes in and guides the pilot to the entrance, but when the pilot passes Baptist, he runs down the corridor to back of the house. The guard yells duck, fires and misses. Baptist goes into the utility room instead of the back door. Then climbs out the window.

The guard calls Percy who tells him, he is hiding in the over grown back garden. Baptist has a look, but doesn’t see him. The guard runs down the corridor, which Baptist hears and waits at the doors blindside to do an unarmed attack. The guard checks in time, sees the ambush and shoots one shot into the head for an instant kill. Then picks up Percy and brings him to the hopper.

The emergency services are on their way and chase the hopper, but they have a waiting vtol and fly low towards the Caribbean and out of harms way. After a few days in a London vet hospital, he again moves off the grid.

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The new girl settles in

Arianna LeFevre settles into her place at * office. On her lunch break she goes to investigate the shooting near the FMC to rescue Marcus. They describe a big gun fight and make it sound like a war had broken out. One guy bravely tells how he came out with his shotgun and said he has bought an assault rifle for next time.

Her manager is Camile Westerhaven a semi-retired executive from ****, there to live out her remaining time in a backwater post. However, very much the professional, she does her job to the best possible standards. Getting Arianna to gather information so she knows how to make a sales pitch to the FMC.

Camiles daughter, Joanne Westerhaven has called Arianna and warnings to make sure nothing bad happens to her mother.

Meanwhile Arianna is doing further research into the events in the area. News reports about the earlier shooting in the everglades mangrove woods and the disappearance of George Algernon Percy.

Vincent Bowen went to visit Morgan and Stanley to hire an assassin to kill George Percy. Not having much money he got a new kid on the cheap for the job. He gave two days for the job to be done, but he has to talk with the boss of BHouse industries the next day to reassure him, nothing will blow back on him.

William Powers introduces his friend John Peterson to Dallas McFarland and Vincent to talk about joining the group. He makes a good impression and asks about the current situation. Vincent reassures him that the George problem has been taken care of. Since George was the leader mission and Vincent his assistant, Vincent has been promoted and is also taking the initiative to get this done. Before no clear leader emerged from the group.

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Post George Planning

Vincent Bowen gets a phone call from John Watts, the BHouse boss, about George Algernon Percy. Asking if he was a danger to the trade secrets of the company. Vincent said no and assured him it would be taken care of. Since they were below the minimum team, they have two days to fix their current problems.

He meets with Dallas McFarland and William Powers. Both Vincent and William have been planning to kill George and find someone to blame it on. On of the rival groups if possible. Either the mafia admin or middle managers. But without a way to contact the mafia team, to set a trap, nothing concrete emerges. William suggests he knows someone who would like to join their mission.

William meets with his contact John Peterson and suggests he might light to join the mission. He agrees and they talk about ways to solve the George problem.

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The doctor is out

Dallas McFarland, Vincent Bowen and William Powers go to look for George Algernon Percy. Dallas asks about him at the place he works and are told he was called away on an emergency close to end of the working day. She got a number for the family from the house records and wakes his mother at 3am. The mother hasn’t heard anything and becomes distraught.

They have three names and descriptions for hoods who may be open to giving information. John Russo, aspiring capo, party guy. Anthony Vella, brains. Frank Carna, muscle.*First William checks out the nightclub by satellite photo, checking the area around it. He also finds photo’s for John Russo.

They go to Miami, get an abandoned car, Dallas fixes it up. They also pick the area as a meeting place. Then without a plan walk into the club. It being early on a Friday they get past the bouncers, but get a look for not being in party cloths. William gets a nod. Inside they spot the various levels of Mafia in the booths at the side, plus the three in question.

William calls over a waiter and hands a note, which says to meet at a location for a business meeting. Then walks out. The other two follow suit. This draws attention. William looks back and the waiter is pointing to him.

They go to the place. Later a car pulls up with four hoods. William is outside the car to one side, while the other two are in the car. One of them hands him the note and asks if he gave it. William responds he didn’t come to talk to him, ‘but I came’, was the response. Behind him comes another car with three including John Russo. William is walked to him, with a thug behind him. The other two take cover and watch the two PC’s.

William asks about give information to find a friend of theirs. John asks if the friend owes money, if so that would be the answer. He doesn’t know about that. John asks for a name. When he gets it he relaxes, smiles and just gives an address and says he is being kept against his will and to listen for the screaming. They then leave.

The house is on the spit of land that is Miami beach. They go up the the mansion on open ground, lights are triggered and the door opens. A butler comes out, they ask for their George, he responds that he cannot talk about anybody present. They ask different ways and get the same answer.

Vincent sends Morgan a message asking about intrusion equipment. Hey Dude, come over, is the response. They rent two intrusion suits and some equipment to break in. They ask what the place is, and are asked if they enjoy pain, ‘Its not so bad’, no, I mean ‘enjoy’ pain. It is a place for S+M. William and Dallas sneak up, but hesitate about breaking in. He had spotted a car arrive, but the lights were not triggered. That car now leaves.

They follow the car, Vincent drives in from to force it to stop. The cars collide. They get out and face a very frightened seventy year old man. He tells them he doesn’t meet the other customers, but the place is quiet.

Dallas and William break in using her knowledge. The computer system is in three parts. The security is hardwired, but gives a map of the house. The most open is the online store etc. While customer section is encrypted. She takes a copy of the encrypted data. They find the stairs down to the basement, go through the laundry room.

In the ‘Dungeon’ they find George naked and upside down being punished. They take him out of there. In the car he explains he was called out for an emergency, but liked what he saw and stayed. Didn’t know he was missing or that four days had passed. He calls his mother and is sent to explain himself to the Charlotte police.

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Planning with a map

Dallas McFarland, Vincent Bowen and William Powers meet again the next evening. In short they plan three routes like this.

A Hopper or Jumpcraft rented from Morgan and Stanley off the cargo ship then onto the Florida headland. Or by smaller cargo vessel. They have three transportation firms that could arrange it once on land. Harry Bonifay has reaches out to a contact in Tampa. They give prices for direct moving of the goods. Either as part of a consignment to Kansas city or a custom load to a destination of choice.

The middle way is to directly move the container by VTOL to Oklahoma. William reaches out to his contact who can arrange for a colleague move some ‘furniture’ back home. Allowing them to do some slight of hand. It is the fastest, but hardest to pull off since VTOL’s are watched by the US border defensive agencies.

The third way is to bring it off by normal hopper, by ship to Houston, leaving a clean run up to Oklahoma. Harry’s contact has connections to arrange the transport and paper work.

They all notice missing posters for George Algernon Percy. This makes them concerned about what is happening. Marcus Witterburg calls William to tell him if Bhouse hear about the posters they could cut their group out for being below the minimum number for the team. Also the college kids have withdrawn under pressure. He will be busy getting money for more gifts to get the location of the Bhouse servers. They debated if they should give him the money. Or at least hire him on the smuggling job.

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