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Old 10-02-2009, 05:37 PM
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New Job, New Challenges

Ayman, Samuel, Harrison, and Rick arrive to work early on a Monday morning in the middle of July. You've all been recently hired at Waldorf and Eckleburg Insurance Group's 'Atypical Claims Processing and Adjustment' department. It is in a simple, relatively new business district in one of the suburbs of New York, in a nondescript, albeit somewhat large five-story building. Beside the door is a small plaque with the initials 'WEIG' in the familiar font. Inside is a small lobby, lit by harsh fluorescent lights set into the cookie-cutter ceiling tiles. Potted plants sit in the corners, probably plastic. A small coffee table holds copies of magazines for outdoorsmen and athletes. Two elevators occupy part of the far wall. There are doors to either side of and just ahead of the entrance, with small windows set into them. Beyond lie hallways that lead into the company's expansive cubicle farms. For all appearances, it looks like just another WEIG branch in a high population district.

Ayman, Samuel, and Harrison all received transfers from their respective branches. They were told that their performance had been exemplary, and that they would be of much more use in ACPA than in their current desk jobs. In the fine print was a statement that the 'promotion' was not optional. The transfer also included a large raise, sure to snag any low-level drone.

Rick, originally a bail enforcement agent (or bounty hunter), was approached by the company with a request for him to provide full-time bodyguarding service for a substantial sum of money, a dramatic increase over the paycheck he was earning. Seeing it as a welcome supplement to his income, he followed the cash.

Much paperwork was involved in the move. Sheafs of fine-printed legalese that would confound even the most experienced of employees required signature after signature. This may have seemed suspicious, but the promise of a raise and better benefits compelled the four of you to sign with a minimum of faith.

The four of you stand (or sit) in the lobby, waiting. You were told that your new boss would be meeting with you personally and introduce you to the new workplace - a surprising gesture of friendliness in this paragon of corporate coldness. The clock reads 8:20 AM, five minutes early.
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Old 10-02-2009, 05:59 PM
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Waiting...

Rick walks impatiently up and down the room, looking at the others employees of the firm and throwing a glance to the clock every 30 seconds. This is his first "almost-steady" work opportunity since he was forced to leave the Texas' rangers. He doesn't want to spoil it.

Bodyguard Snake He thinks In fact, It doesn't sound bad at all. Smiles as watches the clock again. I don't think that an insurance clerk has such a dangerous life anyway... easy bucks then
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Old 10-02-2009, 06:20 PM
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Dressed in his trademark hoodie and baggy jeans, Sam looked like what he was. A man approaching his thirties with the maturity of a teenager.
Sitting on a chair with a laptop in his lap his eyes focused intently on the screen.

Lol! These guys dont know quality when they see it. Slightly better processing power wont help if you fry your components once every week. I dont know why I even bother educating these idiots... Whats up with this guy?

"Hey man! Will you frickin' stop pacing all over the place? If I wanted to hear your footsteps I woulda brought a mic and made a cd out of it."

Under his breath he added
"Everywhere I go..."
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Old 10-02-2009, 06:58 PM
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Freezed by the sharp words of the white collar, Rick slowly turns to face him. After a short time he starts walking slowly to where Sam is. He stands looking down to him.

However, Sam doesn't even realize of his presence, so he sits at his left. I'm sorry. He apologizes I didn't realized that it was disturbing you. I'm Rick, but everybody calls me Snake Adds offering him his right hand.
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:37 PM
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Oh crap. He's a chatty guy too. I hate chatty guys.

As Rick offers his hand, Sam turns his head and looks Rick right in the eye for a second with a distracted expression, then looks down at the hand offered before finally offering his own and completing the shake.

"Yeah, yeah. Just dont do it anymore and we're golden. Name's Sam Brown, but I doubt youll ever need to use it. We dont seem to be moving in the same circles if you know what I mean."

Snake huh? He looks like a guy called snake. Wouldnt wanna face him in a dark alley.
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:42 PM
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Cut by Sam's cold words and sight Snake falls into an unconfortable silence. If I had met this guy a week ago I would teach him some manners... He thinks. But now all I can do is hope that he's not the one I have to baby-sit... or else I'm bound to kill him myself...

After a while, he starts walking again up and down the room. However, this time he puts special care to do it silently.
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:01 PM
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Ayman, who has been standing quietly against a wall, turns to the annoying man with the computer. He walks over and sits down next to him. Hello, my name is Ayman al-Riyadh. You may call me Ayman. Although obviously a middle easterner he speaks perfect English, he doesn't even have an accent.

So I can see why the company would want to hire a tech weeny like yourself, but what's your take on the big guy? He says in a low voice, taking care to not be overheard. For that matter, why would they hire me? I've never worked a desk job in my life!
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:20 PM
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As he was approached by Ayman, Sam had barely managed to get his focus back to whatever he was doing and he realised that by the time he would find peace again the boss would already have arived.
So he closed his laptop.

"Heck if I know. Maybe they need help collecting unpayed debts or muscles to back up hostile take overs? I dont really care either. I keep my head down and get the job done. I figure that if they pay these kinda bucks they have to be doing something I am better off not knowing. You know what I mean?"
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:24 PM
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Hmmm, what's your take on it? He address the man who introduced himself as Snake. Ayman looks up at the man and silently laughs out how he's going about walking silently. He wouldn't last a minute in my business, but to each his own...
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:35 PM
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Rick, who had stopped his wandering when Ayman made his introduction to examine him, now starts it again. Do you think so? He asks walking to them As far as I know this is an Insurance firm and they hired me to baby-sit a paranoid director or someone like that... Shrugs his shoulders with indifference.

Why are you here? Adds stopping near Ayman and looking at Sam with a smile in his face Are you also going to be a Bodyguard?
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:29 PM
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At 8:34, one of the elevators opens. A man steps out, dressed a a shirt and tie; he seems to be in his late 30s and gaining weight, but is otherwise generally fit and hygenic. He sees that you are all there, plasters on a smile and walks over. As he does so, he says "Ah, you're all here on time. I'm Frank McConnel, I'll be showing you around the building before you get to work later today." He glances at the clock behind him and continues "Sorry if I'm a bit late. Meetings, they happen. Anyway, how are you getting along in the meantime? Getting to know each other, I hope." He looks around at the group expectantly.
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:47 PM
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Snake drops his backpack on a chair letting Ayman hear the sound of the shotgun that's inside, and carefully looking at him says Exactly, and just when I was about to think that I was the only one "loaded" here... He smiles at Ayman with irony.

Rick "Snake" Lighting, a pleasure Adds without breaking eye contact with the middle eastern We was just wondering why did you need such a wide variety of specialist, I mean, a bodyguard, a clerk and a... hmm... What did you say that was your specialization? asks still smiling to Ayman
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:08 PM
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Ayman smiles back although, unnervingly, the smile doesn't touch his eyes. I'm not sure what you could call me now, but I was special ops. I'm...retired now. I suppose they have some need of someone who can get around unnoticed, which I find disturbing, to say the least.

Ayman turns to McConnel and crosses his arms in front of himself.So what exactly do you need with a computer expert, a bodyguard and an ex-spook, if I may be so bold as to ask?
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:30 PM
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As he heard his apparent co-workers pose the same question to their new employer, Sam started to consider all the possible answers.
One possibility after another appearing before his eyes and each and every one made him feel uneasy to say the least.

Driven into silence from fear of the next words coming out of Frank's mouth, he could do nothing but wait for the reply.
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