2061FEB24 - Conference room
"Well?" Came the question from the slim woman
at the head of the table as she straightened the jacket
of her suit. She had a no nonsense voice that spoke in a
tense monotone of impatience and fatigue "Did we get
"Yes we did, ma'am." Answered the slim man at
"Excellent, it wouldn't do to be blowing up our new
friends now would it Steve?"
"No ma'am, it wouldn't."
"Steve remind me again how this happened?" The
woman asked as the hum of a static white noise system filled
the room. Steve stepped closer to be heard.
"Well ma'am, our new friends were not our friends
when the plan was put in place. As such, we had an operative
on site to acquire data. Security division rigged said operative's
computer as requested with, and I quote..." the man
looks at his report, "enough explosives to take out
the whole damned floor. I am sure you recall the source
of that instruction."
"Yes, Steve, I know what I said."
"As of noon yesterday, the device was activated and
set to detonate at 6:00 AM today, about ten minutes ago.
The timing was chosen to coincide with the schedule of their
upper management personnel while minimizing the chance of
casualties among skilled resources.
"One of the thrills of being upper management, isn't
"Yes ma'am. Then the operative left. In a surprise
development, a merger was agreed upon and the facility owners
suddenly became our friends as of about 1:00 PM yesterday.
Our operative immediately tried to shutdown the device via
a back door in the matrix, but as luck would have it a surprise
upgrade to the computers had been planned as a reward for
a quota the operative's team had recently met. This left
a device belonging to us in a friendly facility that would
be decimated by it.
"We solicited our Security division to solve the problem.
I believe they used outside resources. This created a pleasant
win-win scenario for us. If they failed or were caught,
they would lead suspicion to one of our competitors and
the chaos would allow us to introduce some Security division
personnel that could slip away and disarm the device. If
they succeed, then we win as well.
"Well hurray for us Steve. Now get me a cup of coffee.
Our new friends are coming to request some security assistance
from me. It seems someone disabled some of their cameras
early this morning. Imagine that Steve."
"Yes, ma'am, most shocking."