Deal or No Deal

(8:59:51 PM) Nusquam: The woman stirs in the bed as Alex enters. Surprise, she's still restrained.
(8:59:54 PM) Waxx [moc.rr.ser.oen.1F7C9A8-CRInys|xxaW#moc.rr.ser.oen.1F7C9A8-CRInys|xxaW] entered the room.
(9:00:12 PM) Maddy [~moc.sregor.elbac.ten.epc.7B5E93A2-CRInys|yddam#moc.sregor.elbac.ten.epc.7B5E93A2-CRInys|yddam] entered the room.
(9:00:42 PM) Laito: Alex smiles amiably. "Hi."
(9:01:30 PM) E4D [ten.knilneddus.hd.avnbsa.9ACD50F7-CRInys|tibbiM#ten.knilneddus.hd.avnbsa.9ACD50F7-CRInys|tibbiM] entered the room.
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(9:01:58 PM) Nusquam: She looks Alex over, sizing him up, and remaining silent.
(9:02:45 PM) Laito: Alex is rather well dressed, confident, and quite relaxed. He keenly does the same to her.
(9:04:02 PM) Waxx is now known as Strelnikov
(9:07:21 PM) Dawny [ten.xoc.ds.ds.A6BD9D39-CRInys|tibbiM#ten.xoc.ds.ds.A6BD9D39-CRInys|tibbiM] entered the room.
(9:08:05 PM) Nusquam: A slight grin crosses her lips. "All dressed up and nowhere to go, huh?"
(9:09:39 PM) Laito: "Never know what kind of party we'll stumble upon." Alex decided then that he liked the woman. "I understand you've worked something out with Mr. Dodridge."
(9:11:31 PM) CondorGM [~moc.sregor.elbac.ten.epc.4DCF5DB1-CRInys|resu#moc.sregor.elbac.ten.epc.4DCF5DB1-CRInys|resu] entered the room.
(9:11:46 PM) CondorGM left the room (Using DMDirc).
(9:12:20 PM) Nusquam: "To some extent, yes; however, he insists upon certain conditions which make his proposal unacceptable."
(9:12:46 PM) Laito: "What makes them unacceptable?"
(9:14:53 PM) Nusquam: "He refuses to return my radio, instead insisting I take a short range ICom, thereby drastically limiting my ability to contact anyone for assistance."
(9:15:26 PM) Laito: "As you can imagine, the man has some trust issues."
(9:16:28 PM) Nusquam: "Of course, but I'm more than a little perplexed by what harm he believes I'll cause with a radio."
(9:19:06 PM) Laito: Alex exhales deeply. "He's probably worried you've got some people we don't know about that you can give our position to. What do you think, Miss Flight? Are his suspicions for you in the right place?" Alex's sharp eyes scan the woman's face for minuscule shifts in expression, his ears measuring the tone and cadence of her voice.
(9:20:42 PM) Heiden [ten.htuoslleb.mem.084B6AB3-CRInys|tibbiM#ten.htuoslleb.mem.084B6AB3-CRInys|tibbiM] entered the room.
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(9:21:22 PM) Strelnikov is now known as Waxx
(9:22:08 PM) Nusquam: "Of course not. They're totally unfounded. I only tried to cut his eyes out /once/, and even then, I was doing him a favor. He'll be more thorough in his searches of prisoners from now on." Still smiling.
(9:24:49 PM) Nusquam: "But no," she says, the facetiousness abating from her tone, "if there were people close by I could have radioed for backup, don't you think I would have back in Target?"
(9:25:35 PM) Nusquam: "Taking a short-range ICom decreases my chances of contacting anyone who can provide assistance even further, and as is, they aren't that great."
(9:26:05 PM) Laito: Alex nodded. "Sorry about your guys, by the way." He watched her face with the change in grim topic.
(9:28:30 PM) Nusquam: She frowns, a hint of anger working its way into her expression. "No, you're not." She says this in a matter-of-fact, cool tone.
(9:30:56 PM) Laito: "I wasn't, but I am now. You were shooting at us, after all. And gassing, don't forget the chemical weapons you lobbed at us." Alex's tone is all-too-casual, though his expression hints at the softness of regret for having smashed two men with a large vehicle.
(9:35:41 PM) Nusquam: "Do you think we'd be sorry if we had succeeded?" Her expression remains cold, yet her tone softens slightly while maintaining the matter-of-fact sincerity. "I don't think you're cut out for the road ahead of you."
(9:38:23 PM) Laito: Alex grinned. "I'll manage." He gripped the back of the chair near the wall and hefted it closer to the bed, then sat. His grin faded for a more serious expression, as if he were makign a business deal. "I don't want anymore people to die. Do you?"
(9:43:21 PM) Nusquam: "Want is irrelevant. Do I want people to die? Of course not… but they will."
(9:43:47 PM) Laito: "Why's that?"
(9:44:58 PM) Nusquam: Her cold expression turns to frustration with a hint of bemusement. "Is that a serious question?"
(9:47:45 PM) Laito: Alex smiled. "I'm talking about right now. You. Your lost man and my people helping you. After that? Whatever. If you want your man and your radio, make a deal with -me-, not the jarhead."
(9:47:49 PM) Dexanote [ten.elbacogc.emoh.8DF857A-CRInys|tibbiM#ten.elbacogc.emoh.8DF857A-CRInys|tibbiM] entered the room.
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(9:48:43 PM) Nusquam: "And what exactly do you have to offer?"
(9:51:24 PM) Laito: "I can convince Dodridge to let you have your radio. In exchange, I'd like for you not to use our doctors and them dump them." Alex shrugs. "Even then I couldn't stop you if you wanted to. Consider it more of a favor for a favor, how about that?"
(9:51:40 PM) E4D left the room (quit: Quit: ajax IRC Client).
(9:54:22 PM) E4D [ten.knilneddus.hd.avnbsa.9ACD50F7-CRInys|tibbiM#ten.knilneddus.hd.avnbsa.9ACD50F7-CRInys|tibbiM] entered the room.
(9:54:30 PM) Nusquam: "Never said I intended to dump them, did I? I simply requested treatment for my wounded, after which they would be released to you unharmed."
(9:55:19 PM) E4D: Laito's radio squeals. «Sandyvag, Jarhead, come back.»
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(9:55:46 PM) Laito: "Excuse me a moment."
(9:55:55 PM) Laito: «What's up, Jarhead?»
(9:56:09 PM) Nusquam: She grins and nods.
(9:58:09 PM) E4D: «Makin' any progess?»
(9:58:19 PM) E4D: «I need to reach a decision.»
(10:00:09 PM) Laito: «One moment please.» He's probably leaving the room, which he does not actually do. He holds a finger up to his mouth, shushing Flight. «Yah, yeah, she checks out. I'd like to give her what she demands if that's cool with you.»
(10:09:04 PM) E4D: «That's a negative. That bitch is fucking retarded if she thinks I'm gonna remand unarmed personnel to her custody. We can help her friend the same way if we're just given his location. That removes the possibility of a double cross, and keep us from being completely exposed. If she doesn't like it, then… well, shit… I don;t know what to say.»
(10:09:46 PM) Laito: "Heh." «Don't trust me, boss?»
(10:09:50 PM) Nusquam: She rolls her eyes and shakes her head.
(10:12:46 PM) Laito: "How many others are in town?"
(10:13:05 PM) Nusquam: "Just two of us left."
(10:13:27 PM) Laito: "Any others nearby?"
(10:13:58 PM) Nusquam: "No. Just two of us left."
(10:14:22 PM) Laito: "I assume you're going after this and not coming with us."
(10:15:11 PM) Nusquam: "Tha's right."
(10:15:38 PM) Laito: "Sure about that? I hope you have a plan."
(10:16:06 PM) Nusquam: "Me too."
(10:16:33 PM) Laito: "The offer stands until we leave."
(10:18:34 PM) Nusquam: "Thanks, Sandyvag, but I think this way is for the best."
(10:18:46 PM) Dexanote: lovely
(10:23:24 PM) Nusquam: "Do me a favor, though, and ask Jarhead how he thinks Lucky would react to seeing armed individuals approach his hideout."
(10:24:54 PM) Laito: Alex grins and nods. «Listen, Dodge. I think this is the best plan. Going in armed, as much as you like to do that, might be a bigger risk than sending our doctors and simply trusting her.»
(10:25:40 PM) Laito: «In my professional opinion, this is a business deal you're just going to have to live with.»
(10:26:43 PM) E4D: «We bring her with us then. There is *no* part of her plan that doesn't leave our asses hanging out in the wind. I'm doing this and a courtesy and humanity to her and her wounded friend. If she wants to piss it away by being an insuferable bitch and refusing to see logic, then she she cann go fuck a flagpoe.»
(10:27:17 PM) E4D: «He won't shoot if *she's* the one telling him we're not that bad. And if he does, then, fuck it, we tried.»
(10:28:18 PM) Nusquam: "Ask him how I'm supposed to do that without my radio."
(10:29:28 PM) Laito: «Jason, no offense here buddy, every one of your problems looks like a nail. Let's help her friend out, and part ways." This is a persuasion check. Alex's charge point takes from mental defense to Persuasion.
(10:31:02 PM) Laito: 4df+5
(10:31:02 PM) Quidmore: Laito: 4 (4df+5=0, 0, 0, -)
(10:32:00 PM) E4D: 4df
(10:32:01 PM) Quidmore: E4D: 0 (4df=-, 0, 0, +)
(10:32:04 PM) E4D: «I told you. This is about a clean a deal as you can get. She tried to kill us after were administering medical aid, and has offered us absolutely nothing in return for what she's asking. Helping only goes so far.»
(10:34:02 PM) Waxx: «Aleks? This is Dmitri. Do you need a hand?»
(10:34:04 PM) Laito: «Fine. Let myself and Geier go with her. Geier can fix her friend and I get to say 'I told you so'. If we don't come back, fuck it. You've still got your doctors.»
(10:34:16 PM) Nusquam: She sighs and rests her head on the pillow.
(10:35:12 PM) E4D: There's a pause. «Very well. But you're going armed. Fuck that unarmed bullshit. And she's going unarmed as well.»
(10:36:01 PM) Laito: «Alright, Dodridge. But no ghosting behind us. let's make this a clean deal, yeah?»
(10:36:09 PM) ***Laito winks at Jennifer.
(10:36:45 PM) Nusquam: She regards him somewhat incredulously.
(10:37:34 PM) Nusquam: … and breathes a sigh of relief.
(10:39:19 PM) E4D: «Negative, negative, you will be marked and standing by for a fast extrication if they pull stupid shit.»
(10:41:01 PM) Laito: «Keep it at a distance then. A shadow or a scope flare might gets us shot more than merely having a pistil tucked in my pants.»
(10:45:58 PM) E4D: «I'll get you set up.»
(10:46:18 PM) E4D: «Stand by, I'm getting us underway.»
(10:47:36 PM) Laito: Alex sighed, looking at the woman. "I've done what I can for you. You can trust Elizabeth and I. We'll do what we can to make this easy."
(10:48:11 PM) Nusquam: She nods.
(10:49:46 PM) Laito: "So. Yeah." Alex gets up to leave.