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 And then there was Requiem.... [RP how IC met Req]

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PostSubject: And then there was Requiem.... [RP how IC met Req]   Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:34 pm

The midday sunshine danced on the waves in the distance, the breeze whistled between perfect trimmed and aesthetically pleasing trees planted in the gardens of the arcology. Scarlett sat under one of these trees typing on the small, portable keyboard which reminded her of better, olden times when hacking was considered an art and not a frivolous hobby anyone with a commlink thought they could excel at. Her friend, Mr Johnson, told her many stories about those days. He was alive before the Awakening, before the insidious megacorps and the soldiers of conformity. At least that’s what he claimed, she’d never actually met Johnson but his matrix icon was a typewriter and anyone who knew enough to know what that was sincere enough for her.

From where she sat on her lunchbreak she had a good view of the heads of Port Phillip and the ocean which still vainly washing in from between. She was in one of those rare moods where the sunlight playing amongst the leaves of the artificial greenery that Renraku foisted upon their workers to cover their soulless corporation almost seemed pretty. The deep blue of the sea water seemed to rise and spill like diamonds amongst the boats which scuttled to and fro on the horizon.

She sat with her legs crossed under her almost feline grace, breathing the warm air and when she was not typing her fingers were busy curling locks of her shoulder-length, brown bob around them. Her bright eyes scanned what she had written and a gentle smile of satisfaction caused the corners of her lips to curl – man, at times she was really deep.
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PostSubject: Re: And then there was Requiem.... [RP how IC met Req]   Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:12 pm

You can tell by the way that I use my walk I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk! Which is a pity actually, because there are so many interesting people here to talk to. Am I saying this, or thinking this?

“Hello?”

Ah! Thinking. Good. What was I doing again? Where am I?

… Who am I?



“Are those indoor trees?! How did we domesticate those? And are they well? They feel a bit… down.”

How can a plant be down?

“Don’t judge.”

If we’re going to work on these plants, we need to sit.

“Excuse me, Miss? Is anyone sitting here?”

Generally, you ask that BEFORE sitting, not while sitting.

“Oh! Sorry? Was I rude? My brain’s not keeping up.”

Wait, didn’t we say no time to talk earlier?

“Sorry! I have a domesticated indoor tree emergency!”
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PostSubject: Re: And then there was Requiem.... [RP how IC met Req]   Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:11 am

Scarlett felt the nudge at her side before she heard the question and looked up to the man. She blinked and shut down automatically the stream of words and coding that was being fed across her sight in sharp green letters. She felt her brow crease faintly in confusion as she tried to comprehend what just happened, the new person besides her now worn a trench coat which fitting a little too big for him but that wasn't unusual only the absurdly rich were able to afford well cut clothing, at the very least it meant he hadn't been sent by management.No one usually joined her on her downtime and for that she was thankful, it gave her the time she needed to focus on more important things like her writing. Who did this bloke with a cheerful smile think he was interrupting that?

"Domesticated indoor tree...?" She let the words roll about her mouth as she glanced up to the tree above them and pondered the implications, he must have come from the lower levels, she heard they were all a little odd from down there. "I'd be more concerned about the domestication of Renraku's employees personally." She muttered dryly under her breath, torn somewhere between vague, amused curiosity and a genuine growing concern for her safety as she began to roll the keyboard back up neatly, it was about time she headed back to the humdrum anyway.
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PostSubject: Re: And then there was Requiem.... [RP how IC met Req]   Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:00 pm

Domestication of Renraku employees.

"Oh! Oh no. You poor thing. Have you been... domesticated?"

We have to help her!

"Come, little domesticated one! I shall lead you to FREEDOM! They can take our lives, but they can never take... our FREEDOM!"

That's been done.

"Oh, uh... Come with me if you want to live!"

Also done.

"Dagnabbit. Uhm... One small step for man?"

Are you even trying any more?

"Not really, what was I doing?"

Freeing the domesticated.

"Yes! Emancipation proclamation! Come with me, little one! Onwards, to a taxi to take us to FREEDOM!"

We don't have any money...

"Aww... freedom isn't free..."
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PostSubject: Re: And then there was Requiem.... [RP how IC met Req]   Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:57 pm

Holy shit, he's nuts.

Scarlett felt all her muscles slowly begin to tense and her widening gaze slide sideways, carefully looking around to make sure she was within... well, screaming distance for help. "Uhuh.... you know, my break is just about over now so... yeah, I'm going to have to skip on the whole emancipation thing for now." Wow, how did manage to have clearance? What kind of weird things did the dragon get up too downstairs if he needed people like this to help him?

She carefully stood and gathered her things hurriedly, slinging her backpack over her shoulder her subconscious began to tick away and scold her - Who are you to judge anyone? You hypocrite. She glanced sideways and offered the man a faint smile. Despite the nervous sensation she felt pricking inside her belly after hearing his rambling, there was another softer side, after all in some twisted sense all he seemed intent on doing was trying to help her. Maybe if the world wasn't what it was she should have pitied him more then anything else... "Thanks for the offer though... maybe I'll see you around..."
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PostSubject: Re: And then there was Requiem.... [RP how IC met Req]   Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:11 pm

"Your break? You're broken?"

It's an expression.

"OH! That kind of break. Hey, sure, no worries. Workin' hard, or hardly workin', amirite?" Smile. More sincere than that. Don't feel bad she's a slave to the evil Workforce. We must vanquish that monster another time.

"Around? No, I'm more... man shaped."

Again, that's an expre...

"I KNOW IT'S AN EXPRESSION! I was being witty and making jokes. She might even chuckle."

Not likely.

Wait, who is that yelling? Is that security?

"Ooohhh, security! Well, I gotta get going. It was great meeting you, Scarlett!"

Wait... how did you know her name is Scarlett?

"Magic! To the window!"

We can't fly. We CAN'T fly. WE CAN'T... oh shit...

"Wheeeeeeee!"
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PostSubject: Re: And then there was Requiem.... [RP how IC met Req]   Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:26 pm

Scarlett was half-turned back towards the man, the question of how he knew her name still barely forming on her lips as she heard the window retract and the breeze ruffle her hair against her cheeks. It took maybe two or three seconds for her brain to catch up and comprehend what her eyes were telling her but it in the moment it felt like a million years. Her hand flew to her mouth along with her heart, as in a blink of an eye he was gone, leaving nothing behind but the shrill screams of the employees who saw him plummet to the icy waters below and the racing of the blood in her veins.

Oh, God!

She took a step towards the window unconsciously, already knowing the ripples of his impact would be washed away by the dark sea waves as they lapped against the structure. She blinked again and security was there, pressed against the window, communicating harshly on their commlinks and waving other traumatised or morbidly curious employees away.

I didn’t even ask his name.

Her instincts took over, trying to wrap around her to protect her from the events as the next thing she knew she was watching the sterile steel of the elevator door close behind her. She blinked back tears and took a shuddered breath, her body trying to remind her to breathe and her head rolled back to rest against the wall.

Could I have stopped him?

The elevator doors opened again as others came inside, chatting to one another in cheerful voices, she saw someone swear as they dropped their reports…nothing changes, life goes on regardless… She gazed at the backs of the people before her, wondering if he had family which would miss him, if anyone apart from her was even going to notice or care.

I wonder if the body has surfaced yet…

She swallowed back a fresh wave of nausea and tears as the elevator finally made it to her floor and she shuffled back into her cubicle and sat down heavily onto her chair.  She shook her head and patted her pockets for her keyboard, wanting to immerse herself into her work and be soothed by the simplicity of the code which always made sense, unlike people and their choices.

He must have been high…

For a precious moment she almost forgot what happened as she realised her keyboard was no longer in her pocket, it must have dropped out in her hurry to escape. She sighed deeply and hung her head, from bad to worse. She didn’t dare look up to ask the people besides her if they had a spare, no one on her floor spoke to one another, interaction was discouraged as it inhibited productivity. She’d have to sit there and dwell in her own inner monologue as time ticked down until the end of the day.

I wonder if it hurt….
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PostSubject: Re: And then there was Requiem.... [RP how IC met Req]   Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:34 pm

Slosh... slosh... slosh...

"Swimming in this weather is not fun."

How is that my fault.

"You said we couldn't fly."

Because we can't.

"Not with that negativity we can't..."

Don't go being such a... hello, what have we here?

"A friendly face!"

Be calm, genial, maybe even a little suave! Wait, who am I talking to? Just... try not to mess up too bad.

Yes, coat over the chair. That's a good start. Might not want to sit though, we're not as dry as the coat.

... How did you keep the coat dry?

"Scarlett! Hi! Sorry I had to fly earlier... Hey, you dropped this though. Where is it...?"

Why are you padding me down, I don't have it.

"Aha! Coat pocket, of course. Is this keyboard yours? I'd be confused if you dropped a keyboard that didn't belong to you, of course, but... Best not to assume, I suppose!"

Is she alright?

"Why are you looking at me like that?"
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PostSubject: Re: And then there was Requiem.... [RP how IC met Req]   Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:01 am

Scarlett had her head in her hands, her fingers were tangled in her hair and her eyes were tracing the pattern of the carpet on the floor sadly. She sensed someone besides her but she couldn’t bring herself to care enough to look up. That was until…

“Scarlett! Hi!”

She started and flicked her gaze up, her red-rimmed eyes widening as she saw who was standing beside her with the same cheery smile. She bit her lip to repress a scream as her heart skipped a beat, confused whether she should feel grateful or terrified and before she knew it she was standing and hugging the man close, blinking back relieved tears. “Oh my god! How are you…?”

“Are you okay?”

“It was fifteen storeys, straight down, into the ocean.”

“What….?”

“… How?”

She took a step back, brushing the front of her jacket aware it was now wet, so he did hit the water. Her expression shifted away from pure relief to suspicion once more and she gently took the keyboard from him and tucked it safely away into her own pocket, “Um.. Thanks?”

What was going on here? Logically he should have been dead and even if he managed to survive the fall he’d never been able to walk away unharmed, at the very least. Was this a sick prank? Was she being tested? She glanced around, no one else seemed to be paying attention to them. Did they even see him? Was she imagining him out of some weird grief response? Was she losing her mind now?

She peered at him again, noting his jacket was perfectly dry and he was sodden and she shook her head, giving a faint wry smile. When did she slip down into the rabbit hole today without noticing. “Who are you?”
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PostSubject: Re: And then there was Requiem.... [RP how IC met Req]   Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:50 pm

"Yes..."

"Wow, fifteen, really? That's gotta be some kind of record..."

"I noticed the ocean..."

Wow, she actually talks like you do.

"Who are you?"

"Who am I? I... uh..."

That's right... who are we?

"I don't remember. The guys downstairs call me Subject Three Fourteen, but that's a silly name. Let me think..."

What's this, in our pocket.

"Uh..."

Some kind of ticket stub? Pity its ruined by the water. Maybe it had our name on it.

"It says... Requiem... Is that me?"

No, that must be one of the words in the title of what the ticket was for.

"I'm feeling that's me. Requiem. It has a heroic ring to it."

A morbid ring, you mean.

"It's better than Three Fourteen at least."
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PostSubject: Re: And then there was Requiem.... [RP how IC met Req]   Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:37 pm

“Subject Three Fourteen?” Scarlett raised a brow slowly as she slipped her wet jacket off and folded it neatly and began to store it away into her bag, “That’s an odd designation for an employee, sounds more like a name for a lab expri…” She trailed off, her gaze sliding sideways towards him once more, there had always been rumours that the Leviathan did questionably legal experiments on people – the Infected mostly but… they were just that, rumours, weren’t they?

It would possibly explain how he managed to survive the fall. Scarlett nodded slowly as she bit her bottom lip wondering if she should alert security, after all, he might have been dangerous she reasoned– hell , he’d managed to walk away from a severe impact who knew what else he might have been capable of. “Requiem…” She slowly rolled his name off her tongue, her voice soft and she nodded, silently agreeing that it did have a sort of melancholy, old world charm to it.  Her gaze settled on him again, a flicker of a smile gracing the corners of her lips, he didn’t seem dangerous if anything he was kinda adorable.

“Ms Free?”

“Yo chummer?” Scarlett jumped and swung around to the person addressing her and her eyes immediately widened when she came face to face with the unimpressed expression of her dour Elvin advisor. She gaze a short, nervous chuckle and cleared her throat. “Um… Yes, Mrs Fairchild, how can I help you?”

Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap.

The elf in the perfectly cut pant suit raised an eyebrow and adjusted her spectacles, by her side her Ork ‘assistant’ narrowed his gaze on Scarlett. “Ms Free, you were late back from you scheduled break time… again.”

Scarlett shuffled on her feet, Fairchild hadn’t phrased it as a question so for a moment she was thrown unsure about how to respond, “Oh… yes. Yes, I was… I mean there as some sort of security matter downstairs.” Don’t mention Requiem, idiot, it might get you in trouble! She subconsciously shifted her hips and obscured the view of Requiem behind her, praying he’d manage to keep his mouth shut. “I’m sorry, it won’t happen again.”

“Hmm.” The elf narrowed her gaze on Scarlett, elves were meant to be beautiful and majestic but somehow Fairchild always looked angry and angular in Scarlett’s eyes. “So, it would appear that more the just yourself is causing problems for the company today.”

“Pardon?”

“We found your Agents in the system.”

Scarlett swallowed thickly and closed her eyes, cringing slightly. Well shit. She thought she had planted those programs too deep to be found, her job was dull and they had more than enough server space to handle a few extra programs, one or two to handle the particulars of her work and the rest… well, to keep her occupied, games mostly.

At the time it seemed like a good idea and she went to open her mouth to offer some excuse the elf handed her a pink card, “I am not going to mince words any longer of this. You clearly have talent but we expect better judgement and discretion from our employees, Ms Free and quite frankly you are not the only code slinger in the city. Renraku no longer requires your services. Marcus, please escort our former employee from the building.”

With that she was gone and Scarlett sunk back into her chair, well fuckity fuck. She groaned and hung her head. The Ork saw how the wind had been knocked from the sails of the young woman and offered a gentle smile, “Hey chummer, I’ll give you a moment to gather your things and say goodbye to your colleague there ok? Meet me by the elevator in say 10.” He too swaggered off, his mammoth frame melting away in between the cubicles.

Scarlett sighed, forgetting all about Requiem and rubbed her eyes, “I need a drink…”
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PostSubject: Re: And then there was Requiem.... [RP how IC met Req]   Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:48 pm

You know, this is a really nice desk. And look at all these knick-knacks.

"I think those are work related."

How could that be work related, its a... whateveritis.

"Wait. My evesdropping sense is tingling!"

A drink?

"Here!"

Is that vodka? Let's uncap that. I'm not sure that snythahol is a good idea at the mo... woah! That is not synthahol!

"One of the guys downstairs lent it to me."

Lent it to you?

"Anyway, who are your friends? They seem pretty upset."
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PostSubject: Re: And then there was Requiem.... [RP how IC met Req]   Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:47 pm

Scarlett suddenly remembered Requiem was with her when the bottle was thrust under her nose. She blinked and breathed in the scent, was that real...? She shook her head and pushed the bottle away without thinking anything more of it. "Nah - chummer. You want to blow this joint?"

She stood and began to shove things into her bag, stealing as many office supplies as she could as shot her old co-workers a dirty look and they turned their prying gaze back to their own work.Who needed this job anyway? They were all corporate sell outs, no spine between any of them, none of them would now the difference between black IC and the back of their ass.

She looked sideways to Requiem again and wondered if she'd done the right thing with her impulsive invitation but so far today he seemed to be the only one who had her back. Normally, she liked to be left alone, to hide in her own thoughts, emotions and write by the glow of her screen until the whee hours of the morning. She squinted at him and then decided to go with her instincts and she motioned to him to follow as she made her way to the elevator. She nodded to Marcus as she got into the elevator and made her way down to her sedan.
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