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Post  Darya Demeter on Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:44 pm

Even in March, the city was already pretty hot as the two agents walked down the road. Darya kept looking around, occasionally pointing to everyday things like adverts for WF shows and either giggling or scowling. One of them in particular she muttered particularly darkly about; it should a group of Russian thugs beating up a hapless civilian, with the caption promising an expose of the harsh life in the Eastern area of EI territory. After they had walked for around 5 minutes, she stopped and turned to Ace. "Which way to the restaurant?"
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Post  Ace Nizky on Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:15 pm

"This way. It's a little bit of a walk, but I think it's worth it. I know a place that's a little out of the way. Off the beaten track, but the food is worth it."

Ace strode purposefully, seaming more at ease here than he had inside the expo. His eyes scanned the street around looking for telltale landmarks and he didn't seem to notice, or care, about any of the adverts which were not strange to him at all. If he noticed Darya's reaction to her surroundings he didn't react.

Ace led Darya through a few twists and turns. More than was strictly necessary but their path led them past a few famous buildings and monuments, before finally ending up at a nondescript alleyway.
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Post  Darya Demeter on Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:49 pm

Darya seemed pretty happy to just wander around the town, making touristy type noises whenever Ace pointed out something famous or special to her. She was half tempted to take photos with the quantum camera, but decided against it.

When they came to the alleyway, she peered inside, looking for a sign of the eatery. "Is this the place?" She asked.
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Post  Ace Nizky on Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:55 pm

"This is it."

RESteak was a small place tucked out of the way, cleverly positioned just far enough out that the locals considered it outside the tourist trap but close enough that tourists in the know did routinely wonder in. The chain was large enough that there was one in most major WF cities, yet small enough that no-one outside of the Western Fed were likely to have heard of it. Each of its restaurants were placed in similar locations to the LA ones, giving a false air of exclusivity. The spécialité de la maison was the titular RESteak, in ingenious (and patented) food. A highly nutrient rich putty, shaped and coloured like real meat and cooked until it set at a texture almost identical to a proper steak. The length of time it was cooked would determine how set the putty was so that the illusion of steak from rare to well done was possible. Although they looked and felt like beef the RESteak were flavoured before cooking by injecting them with the customers flavouring of choice, weather pork, fish, raspberry jelly or the ever popular beef. There wasn't as much choice as Egg-U-Like, but the flavours were tasty nonetheless.

Ace chose this particular restaurant for three reasons.
1. It was obscure enough that they were unlikely to be disturbed.
2. The food was delicious and impossible to find outside the WF.
3. They gave a 20% discount for WF agents.

So it was with a smile on his face that Ace opened the unremarkable door and led her into the restaurant. He strode confidently up to the woman in casual clothing and a RESteak branded apron and hat.

“Table for two?” He asked, nodding slightly to an unoccupied booth at the back of the restaurant.

“Yes, sir” The woman smiled and showed them to their table. She took their drink orders and left them alone with the menus and high booth walls around them on three sides.


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Post  Darya Demeter on Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:05 am

Darya looked over the menu and realised how hungry she was getting. Although she wasn't that cybernetically enhanced compared to say, Pinkie, she was still above average. (The ironies of a cybernetic cult hunter had sunk in long enough ago that she could brush them aside). This meant for a quiet day of moderate activity like today, she could expect to use around 7000 to 8000 calories. This in mind, she decided to buy a large steak (chicken flavored) and lots and lots of sides to go with it. Putting the menu down, after making a note of exactly what she wanted, she relaxed into the booth's seat cushions and smiled at Ace. "Do you come from here then?"
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Post  Ace Nizky on Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:01 pm

Ace sank casualy into the cussionsed seat oposite Darya.

"From LA? No, I'm from Phoenix orignialy. But I did spend three years stationed here and a guy gets to know his way around a place living in it for that long. I was an open eyed, slack jawed tourist myeslf once too." He teased. "Not for the adds or holovids though. I've spent most my life in North America and everything feals so strange outside."

He looked at the menu for a moment without actualy seeing any of the words. Then he looked up.

"What about you Ms. Darya. Where are you from?"
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Post  Darya Demeter on Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:22 pm

Darya tapped her chin with her fingers. "Let's see...I was born in the White Spire in Russia, but we moved to Ai Jinn territory when I was about eight...we moved around China quite a lot, but I lived in the Enlight Archology until I was about fourteen. Then, lots of things happened, and I ended up bounty hunting and got picked up by a guy from Lanzas. So, I've been around quite a bit. Never actually been in the WF before though.
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Post  Ace Nizky on Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:35 pm

Ace listened to the story with interest, keen to find out more about the woman in front of him. He was about to ask a question when the waitress came over with their drinks. Ace motioned for Darya to give her order first, then gave his own: a rather traditional half-and-half Beef and Veg RESteak cooked medium and a few small sides. He listened to Darya's order with some surprise, counting up the calories in his head and sneaking a glance at what parts of her he could see, trying to get a sense of exactly how much cyberware she had.

When the waitress left he sat for a moment with a frown on his face, trying desperately to remember what question he was going to ask, before giving up.

"Well, I grew up in the Phoenix Spire, at least to start with. My mom was an Agent and I guess she must have been a pretty good one to have an apartment that big. I didn't get to see her much though; you know how it is with Agents, so I spent most of my time with POP. I was picked up for the Agent program when I was 16. I think they hoped some of my mom's badass genes had passed on to me. Thing is, I'm not very good with people, or with politics and back then I tended to panic under fire, so I ended up more and more in the support role, until I was eventually transferred out of my first division. And my second, and third...

But the thing is, my passion has always been for aircraft and at some point someone higher up finaly noticed that and put me in the Air Corps. And I've been acting as air support ever since, more or less."

Ace's face had fallen steadily as he told his story, his eyes glazing over and his voice becoming more and more melancholy as he remembered old times. Then his tone lightened and he cracked a smile to Darya.

"I've probably flown over most of the places you've lived. Not been on the ground much outside the WF though, other than for the odd pit-stop or in a temporary base, and we are not allowed to leave those. But, that's enough about me. What made you leave Lazarus?"
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Post  Darya Demeter on Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:51 pm

Darya sighed, and leaned back in her chair. "Lots of reasons, I guess. The higher ups were alright, but because of my fighting style and beliefs, I was put on the worst teams as the restraint. You know the kind I mean. Ex-EI guys who never quite made it as an agent but still like firing heavy rockets around. I usually ended up knocking out or EMPing my team more than our marks. I could put up with it, but then Ernest, my...mentor I guess, he was the one who saved me when I got over my head trying to get a bounty and got me into Lanzas, got killed in the field. With that, I guess I just didn't have any reason to stay and get shouted at for not letting people cause collateral damage."
Her face suddenly became dark, and rather dangerous looking. "There's that...and then there's my other reasons. There was someone I need to protect, no matter what, and I needed money for that. And then there's someone who, no matter what, I need to kill, and for that I need information. That's why I chose to join Oracle."
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Post  Ace Nizky on Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:50 pm

Ace sat in uncomfortable silance for a moment and drank some of his drink. He didn't before now that lurking behing this relativly non-violent, sweet and intelegent girl was someone so... bitter. In comparison his reasons for joining Oracle were almost hedonistic. He didn't know what to say, so he just said nothing. After a few moments he found that he was staring at her, tracing the line of the scar down her face and wondering about how she got it and what it meant that she hadn't had it removed. He started to wonder where else she might have scars, and then his WF conditioning kicked in and he felt ashamed for thinking thaughts like that. Then it dawned on him where he was, in a nice restaraunt with a nice girl. And that she was looking at him, expecting a responce. His mouth went dry.

"I... ah... I have to... be right back." He stammered and dashed off in the direction of the toilets.
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Post  Darya Demeter on Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:55 pm

Darya sighed and looked towards where Ace had run off to. Maybe that was a bit much information? she thought to herself, as she sank her head onto the table.

Honesstly, Darya, you meet someone who seems nice and friendly and you scare him away in the the first day.
She grabbed the side of her head and groaned. "Blegh..."
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Post  Ace Nizky on Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:39 am

Ace entered the bathroom to find it empty, as he expected. He stood in front of a mirror and stared at his own face, thinking hard about what has just happened.

~Ok Ace, get a grip. You've done it again. You can't end every social problem by running away. That's why Mission Officer Delancy kept docking you those rank points. Look, maybe she's still there. Maybe she won't have left like they usually do. Maybe... oh... oh Ace you know what you've done? She's just opened up to you about her feelings and motives and you've just run off, like a baby. What's that going to look like to her? Now get back out there and explain what you did, and try not to make a fool of yourself again. You hear me soldier, get back out there and do your job! Sir, Yes Sir!~

Ace left the bathroom to find Darya sitting with her head on the desk. He sat down.

"You are still here? I'd have thought you would have left. Sigh... I'm sorry ok? I... just panicked, I do that sometimes. It's just that your reasons for joining Oracle are so much more... heartfelt than mine. I didn't know what to say, and then I hadn't said anything for a while and my mind started to wander and... well, I panicked. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm not very good at talking to good looking girls like you. Put me under live fire without my gun, put me in a dogfight with an EI fighterjet, drop me on an island with nothing but a knife and 3 other agents, I'll be fine. Leave me alone for 20 minutes with a beautiful girl and I just fall apart. Every time.
Sigh... I bet other agents never have this problem. I understand if you want to leave. I'll get the bill."
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Post  Darya Demeter on Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:55 am

Darya didn't look up for a second, before she started giggling slightly. It grew louder and louder, until she was laughing, and looked up at Ace. "I was just about to say the same thing to you! I thought I might have scared you when I I went all `cult huntery` on you like that." She rubbed her eyes with her wrist before sitting up straight again.

"But to come and stand back here...you're a pretty sweet guy Ace. Most people just leave." She said, now smiling again. "Shall we just enjoy our meal?"

Wait...what? He think's I'm pretty?
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Post  Ace Nizky on Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:05 pm

"Huh? Scared? Because you've had some bad times and are out for justice? Because you were honest? Why would you think that? If you think I'd scare that easily, well.. you're just not giving me enough credit, Ms. Darya. Still, if you are not leaving then yeah, let's enjoy our meals. I'd love to hear more about this person you’re out to save, if you don't mind telling."

And then, as if the world ran on narrative convenience, the food arrived.
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Post  Darya Demeter on Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:18 pm

Darya took a bite of her steak, then some of the chips on the side. She eat quickly, like it was being pushed into her mouth like a conveyor belt. She looked thoughtful, and after a minute or two wiped her lips with a napkin and began to speak.

"I don't want to say too much in a place like this...but I've managed to get the funds I needed together, and they will hopefully be making a full recovery, though it will take a few years. The other being...the one I need to kill, he's still out there somewhere..."

She looked out of the window, seemingly off in her own world.

"Altruism..." She whispered, so quietly even Ace strained to hear it.
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Post  Ace Nizky on Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:39 pm

Ace ate his steak slowly, cutting it up into small pieces and then pouring some sort of sauce on it before picking at it with his fork. He enjoyed the texture and the flavour of each morsel before moving on to the next. The whole time he rarely took his eyes of Darya, even when he looked at the plate he was aware of her in his peripheral vision.

"Is there anything I can do to help" Ace asked softly, putting down his fork and looking intently at Darya.
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Post  Darya Demeter on Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:39 pm

Snapped out of her reminiscing, Darya smiled and leaned her head against the window, chin on hand. "For the moment...no. There's nothing to go on, not even the CEO has any information on him...but when I do have information, I think I'd like you helping me then. Thank you."

She glanced out of the window again. "For now...I think we can just enjoy things like this. These moments of piece."

She took another couple mouthfuls of food, before she start humming under her breath. It was a nice, peaceful tune, that seemed to be as much for calming herself down as for the sake of singing it.

"So...what about you? Do you have plans for the future?" Asked Darya, looking at Ace. "Anything you want to do?"
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Post  Ace Nizky on Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:13 pm

"Honestly, no. I didn't really think very far ahead when I left WA. It was all quite sudden. For now I just want to find a place to live and make some money. I guess... I'd like to know what happened to my Mom. Maybe Oracle could help with that. I don't know. I'll work something out."

Ace continued to eat slowly, contemplating his future.
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Post  Darya Demeter on Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:10 pm

Darya took another big bite of steak, before looking up again. "If you need me to help out...do say, won't you? The rest of Oracle...don't seem to talk about themselves much."

She shrugged. "I guess we've all got secrets..."
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Post  Ace Nizky on Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:24 pm

"Well... I've never really been that good at secrets, to be honest. I couldn't tell a good lie to save my life. I'm ok if I've got a cover story, but on the spot stuff is hard, you know? Hell, being a terrible liar is how I lost my left eye the first time. Nah, I tend to be fairly open about things, to my detriment usually. I am getting better at it though."

Ace went back to his steak and finished the last few mouthfuls, draining the last of his drink to finish things off.
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Post  Darya Demeter on Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:37 am

Darya, having a much larger meal, was much slower about finishing it than Ace, and was still finishing her main with quite a few of her sides left when Ace finished.

"How do you...Sorry." She said, swallowing the bit of food she had in her mouth. "How do you lose an eye by being a terrible liar?"
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Post  Ace Nizky on Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:41 am

"Well, we were on a mission in Siberia to blow up a refinery there. I'm not sure what they were refining but the higher ups wanted the place sky high. Well... let me put it this way when the E.I. throwing knife specialist says ‘Tell me where the bombs are or the next one is going in your eye’ you gotta make the lie convincing.

Ace smiled at Darya and then turned to try and catch the eye of the waitress who had been ignoring them in a way not often seen in WF eateries. Usually the server would be at the table every 10 minutes to find out if you needed a drink refill, if you wanted more never-ending sides or if everything was okay, but this one was staying out of the way. Perhaps it was because they were a boy and a girl eating a meal together in a nice restaurant, or perhaps it was because they moved and talked like seasoned Agents. Either way Ace wanted her attention. While he looked at the back of he waitress's head he said to Darya, “Do you want any coffee? Pudding?”


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Post  Darya Demeter on Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:54 am

Darya grinned. "I've had a couple of things like that myself... once lost nearly the whole of my right hand because of an over enthusiastic git with a chainsaw. I wouldn't have minded, except he was supposed to be on my side." She took a swig of drink and finished her meal.
"Never use a chainsaw without the right trainings. You are just too dangerous."

At the sound of a pudding, she frowned and, seemingly on instinct, pulled out a PDA and checked something before smiling and putting it back.

"I think I'll have...that." She pointed to the biggest pudding on the menu, a mass of ice creem, chocofaux and various other sweet things. She turned around and tried to get the waitress' eye as well. "Could we order some dessert?" She asked, raising her voice slightly.
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Post  Ace Nizky on Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:07 am

"You want ‘The Spire’? You know how big that is, right? Darya, even with your appetite you can't eat a whole ‘Spire’ on your own. How about we share?"

Darya’s shout seamed to do the trick, even if it did make Ace wince a little, and the waitress caught their eyes and at least acknowledged their existence. After a moment she came over to the table, ready to take their order.
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Post  Darya Demeter on Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:25 pm

Darya grinned. "That sounds like a challenge to me Ace." She said, before turning to the waitress. "One Spire please. And...Ace, what would you like?" She asked, turning back to her companion.
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