Dance Dance Collocution (RP)

Gemini entered the Coatl Club and with a quick look around she headed over to the bar. She assumed it would be easier to spot her sitting on one of the stools there. She was in a powder blue lace flower patterned dress.The shoulder straps were dark blue ribbons tied up as bows on each side. Her belt was dark blue with a light blue stripe in the center as described in her e-mail.

 

From her tiny purse that matched her belt she pulled out her cell phone. She gave the bartender her full attention while making a drink order before checking her e-mail on her device. It wasn’t one of those newer touch screen smart phone, but one of the old school full tactile keyboard ones that business people were known for using over a decade ago.

 

Gemini didn't find meeting at a place like this to be too unusual. However, if any other position applying asked to meet here she would have said no. The Adventurer position she had to build more trust with and felt obligated to meet where he preferred. She hoped she would be lucky enough that the first person that applied  for this position would work out and everything else would easily fall into place.

    • DarkwingPsycho
      DarkwingPsycho

       After a while, a smooth, gravelly voice came from behind her, just over her left shoulder.  "Miss Esposito, I presume?"

      If she turned and confirmed her identity, he would slide easily into the stool next to her as if he came here all of the time.  Which...was generally the case.  He held out his hand for hers and if she gave it, he would give it a charming kiss.  "Mallard.  Jacob Mallard.  Pleased to make your acquaintance."

      When the bartender came with her drink, he glanced toward her.  "Put hers on my tab, and when you get a moment, bring my usual - please."

      • Agent Gemini
        Agent Gemini

        Gemini acknowledged the name Jacob said. She did give her hand and was amused by the kiss.

         

        “Nice to meets you as well. You really didn't  need to pay for my drink but thank you very much,”  Gemini replied with genuine appreciation, “Thank you for taking time out of your day for this interview. Any reason this job peaked your interest?”

        • DarkwingPsycho
          DarkwingPsycho

          Jacob shrugged.  "Generally my work keeps me pretty busy, but I must admit I'm in a bit of a lamentable lull and some excitement would be most welcome."  He might have asked what about his response had made her request an interview, but he could already surmise that.  "Venice isn't my favorite destination, but it does have its charms."

          With a thank you to the bartender, he plucked up the drink that had been set in front of him - a double shot of bourbon.  "Cheers," he said, holding out his glass to clink it with hers before swallowing a mouthful.

          "What is there, exactly, that got you on to this mission in the first place?"

          • Agent Gemini
            Agent Gemini

            Gemini clinked her pink raspberry mojito to Jacob’s drink for the cheers. She only took a small sip from her tall narrow glass.

             

            “There is some old intellectual property there that belongs to a school. The school asked me to retrieve it. They're not interested in the monetary items that are there so that's free for the rest of us to take,” She then casually shrugged, “As for personally… it's an area that needs a lot of help and long story short this is just another step to help with that whole issue. I want to clear up the area but that's a whole other long project.”

             

            She took another sip of her drink, “Since you said Venice isn't for favorite place, have you had any interesting jobs or adventuring related things in cities you liked more?”

            • DarkwingPsycho
              DarkwingPsycho

              "What sort of 'intellectual property' gets itself lost in an underground ruin?"  At least he assumed it was a ruin from her emailed descriptions of what they'd be doing.  "What about the site intrigues you so much that it inspires not only your courage but your generosity as well?"

              He leaned back, swirling the bourbon lightly in his hand.  "Ah...that is a question that could take up an entire week, my dear.  Suffice it to say, I imagine I've been globetrotting longer than you've been alive.  My favorite city is Berlin.  Once torn, now united, a hub of old world and new."  He shrugged.  "I suppose it could give one some measure of hope that things can always change for the better."

              He took another drink, watching his drink in silence for a few moments as he reminisced to himself, then he leaned in toward her slightly.  "Are you still in need of a projectile specialist, Miss Esposito?"

              • Agent Gemini
                Agent Gemini

                “Intellectual property that was originally a part of the Library of Alexandria,” Gemini answered like it wasn't an unusual thing to say, “As for why I want to help the site? A lot of unfair things happened there in the past. It is just right to fix it. Places like this get forgotten and no one else is going to do anything about it. And its it's been so long since I fixed something bigger like this. I mean, first of all I'm doing it because its it's the right thing to do but honestly I do get bored if I'm not fixing something. ”

                 

                “Wow, I like that positive view of Berlin. I've never thought of it that way before but I understand how it can be seen that way. As a symbol of hope,” Gemini spoke before she took another sip of her drink. She then nodded to Jacob’s question, “Yes, I still need one. It's It's been kinda hard to find one. There is supposedly areas that modern technology doesn't work including guns for some reason. And based on other areas built at the same time this one was, there is probably going to be a target based puzzle, I'm certain. Also good for setting off traps from a safe distance away."

                • DarkwingPsycho
                  DarkwingPsycho

                  Jacob nodded with both admiration and suspicion, although his face revealed neither emotion.  Good, honest, sincere people were hard to come by - was this "Esposito" one of them or simply putting up a front to get this team down there for some other purpose?  Questions to be answered later, he supposed.

                  He finished the bourbon and tapped the glass with a look at the bartender.  While she refilled it, he commented, "You mean to say you've 'fixed' other sites?  Any I'd know?"

                  "As for your projectile specialist, I believe I have just the mallard for you.  I've worked with him on a few other missions, and he's quite a shot."  He pulled a white-to-blue ombre card out of his wallet and handed it to the woman.  "Highly recommended."

                  • Agent Gemini
                    Agent Gemini

                    “I don’t know if it would be well known. I mean, a lot of people don't admit something weird is going on so there is no announcement that the something weird stopped. Several abandoned areas in Quiet Knoll Pennsylvania and pretty much all of Dairy Michigan are my two biggest ones in the States. Those I didn't do alone though. I had some former coworkers of sorts from my first job with me,” Gemini paused to take a longer sip of her drink before speaking more, “This mission I'm hiring for now isnt for a clean up like that though. This step will help it but there is still a lot of work ahead of me.”

                     

                    Gemini took the card and read over it curiously. She let out a faint chuckle, “Based on the card alone this looks rather promising. So from what you mentioned in your e-mail you've led teams before? Adventuring? Or more organized military style things?”

                    • DarkwingPsycho
                      DarkwingPsycho

                      "Ah, so you're a paranormal investigator sort," Jacob commented, taking a sip of his newly refilled glass.  "What has been your more intriguing venture?  Do you generally take teams of random volunteers when your coworkers are unavailable?"

                      He nodded at her inquiry.  "Both," he said honestly.  "At first it was more of the latter, more organized, more red tape, more men in suits breathing down my neck and not fully comprehending the reality of the situations they were sending us in to.  Then it became more of a...hobby, you might say.  I've led all sorts of groups through dangerous territories."

                      • Agent Gemini
                        Agent Gemini

                        “I do normally recruit help for smaller things like this. My ex-coworkers and I only get together for much larger things to tackle. Like elder gods,” Gemini answered the easier question first. She took another sip of her drink and left the glass on the bar beside her, “Intriguing venture? There are so many I would have to explain so much to get the whole story. So… long story short during the Victorian era there were a lot of novice paranormal hunters because they thought it was cool but they didn't know what they were doing. One of the popular things for them to do was a trinket entrapment. So like instead of vanquishing aggressive paranormal issues they'd instead turn them into conversation pieces, glass wear, jewelry boxes. Dumb stuff so they would have a tangible trophy that was like, ‘Hey look what i caught.’ WELL, fast forward a hundred years later and some of the good old crew and I  are doing a possibe Elder God job. Should be pretty standard but NOPE. Turns out a so called Victorian hunter back in they day tried to trinket AN ELDER GOD. But instead of making it a tiny paper weight it was in a big gold armored ball just..just AROUND the God inside. About half the height of the tallest building here. So we had to get an opening in this HUGE thing and then fight it inside in techincally a tiny space because the God is just.. all up in there. In your face. So yeah.”

                         

                        “And I totally know that feel. The rules and the suits thing. That's why I love missions from Disciples of Alexandria. You tell them your game plan and then they see if it checks out and approve it. You get to do things logically how you feel it should be done. And it gets credited towards my student loans. Huzzah,” Gemini sympathized before asking a tougher question, “Do you have a good example of when something went wrong? Not according to plan… and what you did to fix it?”

                        • DarkwingPsycho
                          DarkwingPsycho

                          He didn't seem to show any difference in emotion or response than he was already showing when she mentioned "elder gods."  That is to say, it didn't faze him.  Whether or not he'd had experience with them in the past was uncertain.  He nodded amicably at her story.  "Were you able to banish it, then?"

                          A faint smirk crossed his bill when she mentioned student loans.  A ubiquitous problem among young people nowadays, it seemed.  He chuckled.  "Well, that's nearly every mission, my dear.  It's impossible to plan for something as unexpected as dealing with other people.  Still, I'd say the biggest error was a communication breakdown.  Well - perhaps it was too much trust.  I had a longtime partner that I've since severed ties with, but he and I had hired a guide who - unbeknownst to us - was mistranslating our conversations and then set us up to die inside of a pyramid once we had discovered what we were looking for.  Luckily we were two resourceful men - otherwise I would not be here for this interview.  We located the gentleman a few days later and I can say with confidence that he got what he deserved."

                          • Agent Gemini
                            Agent Gemini

                            “Yes! Thankfully we were. We would have brought along one more team member if we knew it was going to be so hard. And then it only counted as a forty point catch when it totally should have been rated a higher difficulty just because of how close we were forced to be to it. Its delirium may have been only forty but in the tight quarters it was like a fifty,” she picked up her glass from the bar like she was going to drink but then realized what she said may not make sense to someone that may not be an avid paranormal hunter. Gemini put her glass back down, “it's a rating system thing. Like Duckthulu would be a fifty. Fifty is the max. Based on powers and how it affects people. Delirium is like… reality bending.”

                             

                            “Oh boy, that sounds aggravating. I haven't really had anyone betray me on a job. And everyone I'm hiring is from this local area. And I'm fluent in italian, greek, and latin so we don't need to hire a translator in Venice. What I need really for this mission is a second in command I can trust so if like.. if I lag behind because another team member needs help, the second in command can get the rest of the team out. That's what I'm looking at in an adventurer type. Also some of the areas I was able to x-ray it looks like old traps were tampered with either recently or even a century ago. Weird stuff to look out for.”

                            • DarkwingPsycho
                              DarkwingPsycho

                              Jacob nodded politely as she explained the rating system, and while he didn't know that per se, he did know delirium quite intimately, having experienced it for himself.  But he chose not to get into that with Miss Esposito.

                              "You're lucky, then," Jacob responded when she mentioned never having been betrayed on a job.  "It's happened more times than I'd care to admit, which has left me...unfortunately something of the distrusting sort.  I prefer to think that approach saves lives.  I give trust where it is earned."  He grinned then, somewhat roguishly.  "But I'm a damn good leader who's seen it all.  I like the 'weird stuff.'"

                              • Agent Gemini
                                Agent Gemini

                                “Having someone that's skeptical is something need on the team. I mean, I'm not naive but I'm a positive thinker I suppose, and a few others I've interviewed for the team have been so… nice. The area does need a lot of positive energy anyways,” Gemini gave a little shrug, “as for the weird things…”

                                 

                                She picked up her phone to pull up some images. They looked like very staticy x-rays. They appeared to be  ‘bird’s eye view’ of a small part of an underground temple. It showed some sort of mechanism that had several opening in the wall to fire arrows. It looked like the arrows load onto a round tube that then fired out of the wall. Beyond that was just a dark pit that wasn't defined by the x-ray. It was easy to assume the dark area was just a pile of arrows that would feed onto the tube and then fire. On one of the firing tubes was what looked like a black glass bottle blocking the way. It was a modern bottle, like a beer bottle from the 1980s or even newer. Based on the x-ray it looked darker at the bottom like something may still be in it. The top of the bottle looked corked closed.

                                 

                                “Weird stuff like this. Did some idiot just drink down there and stick a bottle randomly there or did someone set up a booby trap on a booby trap because when that tube turns to fire as arrow that bottle will break? So it might release something,” she handed her phone to Jacob so get could get a clear look at the image, “ I can’t x-ray the whole area because there are spots where electricity doesn't work. This is actually one of the clearest ones I got.”

                                • DarkwingPsycho
                                  DarkwingPsycho

                                  Intrigued, Jacob took the phone from her and studied the images.  "There are no coincidences," he mused aloud.  "Have you scouted the front, or have you any contacts that could?  There might be evidence that the there was recent trespassing, even in the last few years.  Signs of more modern contamination."

                                  He handed her the device back.  "In any event, I presume that since electricity does not work in certain areas to utilize x-ray that once we're down there our electronics will be of little use in those pockets as well."

                                  • Agent Gemini
                                    Agent Gemini

                                    “Getting in the front has been..  a hassle. It's an ancient temple that is underground maybe due to nature. Then centuries later a hospital build on top of it and then later abandoned. There is access to the temple below but because of its its current state I don't think anyone been there since the 1990s at the latest,” Gemini explained as she was looking through her phone for other pictures.

                                     

                                    “After clearing out some bad mojo from there I just recently got to the entrance. There is someone I can send before we take the trip down there. And yeah, any electronics won't work in those pockets. There is even places where combustion won't work. But there is a set of lights set up through some of it,” she showed him a picture of the temple entrance. There was an old style olive green portable power box with a crank to wind it. From the box was several cords that had old style light bulbs on them. It looked like a device from the early 1900s for miners to use strings of lights to work.

                                    • DarkwingPsycho
                                      DarkwingPsycho

                                      "An abandoned hospital over the top of it?" he repeated curiously.  "Now that is interesting...I don't suppose it's haunted?  Has traps of its own there?  Is that what you were 'clearing out'?"

                                      He sat back with thoughtful look, then smiled.  "Count me in, Miss Esposito.  When do we leave?"

                                      • Agent Gemini
                                        Agent Gemini

                                         

                                        “Oh its it's very haunted. A lot of layers of different centuries that was stressing each other out. Helping that out will still be an ongoing thing. This mission is not dealing with that issue. What I have been able to do is purify so each layer is separated so different time periods are not interacting anymore. And then I got some of the more aggressive ones- I guess an easy way to explain it is they're frozen. But that's probably only gonna be temporary till I have to redo it again,” Gemini explained as she took her glass of the bar. She drank it back to finish it off.

                                         

                                        “I still need to find a team member or two before we can go. I plan to give fair warning before we go. So those that have to ask for time off work can. I'm making one more day trip to double check everything soon. Literally get off the plane, double check everything, and get back on the plane same day.”

                                        • DarkwingPsycho
                                          DarkwingPsycho

                                          He nodded with interest as she explained how she had separated, at least temporarily, the feuding time period ghosts.  He offered to pay for a refill if she desired.

                                          "Do you want company on your double check?  I can make myself available to you, and we could scout it out together."

                                          • Agent Gemini
                                            Agent Gemini

                                            Gemini was grateful for a refill of her drink. She only took a small sip though before answering Jacob’s question, “I would like to have a second set of eyes on the double check, but it depends on the climate of the area at the time. I'm from the school of the living act as a battery for ghosts. So I don't want too much stomping around before the mission. But, we’ll see.”

                                            • DarkwingPsycho
                                              DarkwingPsycho

                                              He nodded.  "Fair enough.  You have my email address, but you might as well have this, too."  From his inside suit jacket packet he retrieved a very plain business card.  It only had a number on it printed in black.  "You may reach me by phone here at any time of day.  Let me know what you decide to do, Miss Esposito.  I look forward to this little venture."

                                              He held out his hand for hers so that he could shake it.

                                              • Agent Gemini
                                                Agent Gemini

                                                Gemini took the card and put it in her small purse. She happily shook his hand, “You sound like a great fit for this mission. You’ll be the first to know once I gather the rest of the team. Is there any other questions you have for me?”

                                                • DarkwingPsycho
                                                  DarkwingPsycho

                                                  "Not at this time, but if I think of anything, I will let you know.  I hope Mr. Mallard proves useful as well.  Good evening."

                                                  He nodded to her in farewell and took up his cane before making his exit.

                                                  • Agent Gemini
                                                    Agent Gemini

                                                    “Good night! Hopefully see you soon once I get everything put together,” she gave a nod back before he left. Gemini finished her second drink in one quick gulp down before waving down the bartender, “I just need one more drink. Something way stronger. I only order this dainty stuff when I don't want to intimidate the people I'm hanging out with. Some Balkan Vodka in some limonaid please. And don't put that on his tab please.”

                                                     

                                                    After she ordered she went back to her phone, reading through various files she had saved on there.