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Re: And I Feel Fine: Book III: Thunderclap
« Reply #210 on: 19 February 2020, 18:40:03 »
Good points, but I think Hanse's reasons have been pretty well explained in the story already, so there won't be too much (reader) surprise at them...

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Re: And I Feel Fine: Book III: Thunderclap
« Reply #211 on: 20 February 2020, 04:14:40 »
LIC Station 73

"Names are Greg Cutter and Max Higgins," the operative, Alex Heinkel, reported. "Credentials indicate they're a pair of freelance mech pilots who came here looking for work a couple of weeks ago."

"Their timing's great," Major Genna Stern said. Too great, obviously, given what the two men had gotten up to. "Not pros, though."

"Professionals would have probably been better at it," Heinkel agreed. "They figured out the Hegemony lass' bodyguard well enough, but it didn't occur to them that we'd notice them too. I feel insulted, really."

"It's always best if people think you're incompetent in this game," Major Stern replied. "Except during budget allocation. You get eyes on them?"

"Picked out where they're staying and had it bugged before they got back," Heinkel confirmed. "They're speaking freely, mostly debating whether or not they should get off world or stick around for more orders."

Major Stern nooded. "Better if we can keep them onworld for a while. They're mechwarriors, you said. They got mechs?"

"Yes ma'am," Heinkel acknowledged. "In storage at the spaceport. Red tape?"

"Bury them in it," Major Stern confirmed. "So sorry, the system's been overwhelmed due to all the recent arrivals, so we can't release your mechs at the moment."

Heinkel nodded and made a note on his noteputer. The vagaries of bureaucracy were usually enough to sell the con all on their own, but the sudden influx of Hegemony ships would make it bulletproof. Unless they were willing to ditch their machines, that would keep both men onworld.

"We know who sent them?" Major Stern asked.

"Not yet," Heinkel replied. "They talk about a boss in the recordings, but no details. They described Colonel Adams' escort as 'some sort of domini', and the use of Domini as a slur for augments tends to hint at a Free Worlds origin, but it's hardly definite. Their tradecraft definitely indicates they don't do this for a living. We're thinking they were tapped because they were expendable."

"The fact that they don't know what to do next probably means they've been expended," Major Stern concluded. "Something tells me their boss figured we'd get eyes on them. Maybe even planned for it. A misdirect, or maybe there's a message for us in there, too. 'Hey look, I'm here too! There's more you don't know!'" She sighed. "Big ****** surprise there. Keep an eye on them. Anything from Krentz?"

This time Heinkel sighed. "Feeds from the surveillance in Krentz's apartment only just got uploaded, so the analysis team is still going through them." After the girl had casually taken out their active surveillance systems in the bar, they'd resorted to more stealthy means. The devices planted in Krentz's apartment recorded passively, and their data chips had to be recovered by hand after she left. It took away the vulnerability, but it slowed things down a bit.

"Our ears at the bar might have got something, though," Heinkel continued. "They didn't stay there long, but just before they left, she said something about studying French, Berber, and Auxum Arabic in school."

"Showing off," Major Stern said. "Fits the profile."

"Maybe," Heinkel said. "One of the analysts twigged on that and did some checking. She thinks Auxum Arabic refers to a dialect spoken in the Auxumite Providence."

"Never heard of it," Major Stern said.

"Neither had I," Heinkel said. "Apparently it's a tiny state about a thousand lightyears anti-spinward of Terra. Interstellar Expeditions found them in 3035, and formally made contact back in '85."

The implications were pretty clear. "Are you saying Interstellar Expeditions already found the Hegemony's bolt hole?" she asked.

"If they did, they don't know it," Heinkel said. "Apparently the Auxumites are relatively primitive, only an interstellar nation in the sense that they still have a couple of their old jumpships. Definitely no Hegemony in exile. But still..."

"Could be in the same neighborhood," Major Stern concluded. "It's a starting point."

"It's thin, though," Heinkel said. "Based on a guess about what Auxum Arabic is."

"It's more than we had yesterday," Major Stern said. "Kick it up the line."
Good news is the lab boys say the symptoms of asbestos poisoning show an immediate latency of 44.6 years. So if you're thirty or over you're laughing. Worst case scenario you miss out on a few rounds of canasta, plus you've forwarded the cause of science by three centuries. I punch those numbers into my calculator, it makes a happy face.

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Re: And I Feel Fine: Book III: Thunderclap
« Reply #212 on: 26 February 2020, 23:07:59 »
Author: So here's what's going on here. Either my inherent lack of confidence in my abilities have caught up with me, a set of pent up frustrations have ceased to be pent up making it difficult to concentrate, or I've been sick off and on for a month now and it's making me grouchy.

What that all means is that I've really only got it in me to putter around with small things at the moment. So this one is kind of on hold for the time being.

Much apologizings.
Good news is the lab boys say the symptoms of asbestos poisoning show an immediate latency of 44.6 years. So if you're thirty or over you're laughing. Worst case scenario you miss out on a few rounds of canasta, plus you've forwarded the cause of science by three centuries. I punch those numbers into my calculator, it makes a happy face.

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Re: And I Feel Fine: Book III: Thunderclap
« Reply #213 on: 27 February 2020, 03:10:35 »
No worries, dude.  Just want to say that there's nothing wrong with your writing, but I do get it.  Been there.  You write when you can. When you can't, you can't.
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Re: And I Feel Fine: Book III: Thunderclap
« Reply #214 on: 27 February 2020, 04:54:55 »
Same!  That's at least two of us who will look forward to when you can write again!  :)

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Re: And I Feel Fine: Book III: Thunderclap
« Reply #215 on: 27 February 2020, 19:43:43 »
Three.
* No, FASA wasn't big on errata - ColBosch
* The Housebook series is from the 80's and is the foundation of Btech, the 80's heart wrapped in heavy metal that beats to this day - Sigma
* To sum it up: FASAnomics: By Cthulhu, for Cthulhu - Moonsword
* Because Battletech is a conspiracy by Habsburg & Bourbon pretenders - MadCapellan
* The Hellbringer is cool, either way. It's not cool because it's bad, it's cool because it's bad with balls - Nightsky
* It was a glorious time for people who felt that we didn't have enough Marauder variants - HABeas2, re "Empires Aflame"

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Re: And I Feel Fine: Book III: Thunderclap
« Reply #216 on: 28 February 2020, 04:37:03 »
It takes as long as it takes.
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Re: And I Feel Fine: Book III: Thunderclap
« Reply #217 on: 29 February 2020, 10:59:48 »
Gut' Ding will Weil haben.

=> English: Good things take their own time.