Walk.

Oct. 18th, 2010 06:24 pm
ben_linus: (decisions)
[personal profile] ben_linus
I'll be on my porch. I needed some air. Spent too much time cleaning house.

Date: 2010-10-18 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
Here I am.

Date: 2010-10-18 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
*gets up* You've been highly productive.

Date: 2010-10-18 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
I have. Now what were you going to tell me?

Date: 2010-10-19 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
Let's walk. *has his messenger bag* *starts them out of the village*

Date: 2010-10-19 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
All right. *follows him*

Date: 2010-10-19 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
*walks them mostly out of the housing perimeter before making idle chat* I hear your combat schedule has a few people shaking in their boots. You'll let me know if anyone cries.

Date: 2010-10-19 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
*chuckles softly* Of course I will. Anyone in particular I should know about in advance so I can work them twice as hard?

Date: 2010-10-19 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
Danny.

Not because of what I just said. Just... because.

Date: 2010-10-19 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
Well, all right then. He'll be too sore to move the following day, I'll make sure of it.

Date: 2010-10-19 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
Mikhail's practically turned Tom's den into another Dharma station. You should see how wired up it is with equipment. He loaded the beta pylon app onto my phone.

Date: 2010-10-19 02:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
Let's find out. *as they cross the field to the sonic fence*

*takes out his phone, calls up the app and adjusts the levels through it*

*approaches the fence and opens his messenger bag* *pulls out Mister Eight* *places the rabbit down and watches* *a few hops later, Mister Eight clears the fence safely*

So far so good.

Date: 2010-10-19 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
I'm impressed that it works. Surprised you'd send him through, though. *nods to the rabbit*

Date: 2010-10-19 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
A test of trust for one of my best operatives. Fortunately for Mikhail, he passed.

*as he passes through the fence, scoops Mister Eight back up and into the bag again, tugging it closed, though not before letting slip a little pat of reassurance*

*waits for Richard to pass through before resetting the pylon levels*

It's like having a garage door opener.

Date: 2010-10-19 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
Let's hope one of these phones don't ever fall into the wrong hands. Maybe all the text should be changed to Latin.

So where are we headed?

Date: 2010-10-19 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
Just out into the forest. I thought we'd go to that stream nearby, it's very peaceful...

I'd been thinking about a Latin screen myself. Mikhail can change the settings from a centralized location. So we could have an emergency switch of sorts that would change the language if the phone was compromised. To set it to Latin by default on top of all the obvious confusion about how to use these would probably be a recipe for either hilarity or disaster.

Date: 2010-10-19 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
You're right. You'd end up getting endless 14-Js from dusk until dawn.

Date: 2010-10-19 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
Yes, it's bad enough as it is that half the notes in the programming code are probably in Russian.

Date: 2010-10-19 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
Well, as long as it works, right?

*hears the sound of the stream faintly in the distance*

Date: 2010-10-19 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
*as they begin to disappear into the woods and away from their little civilization*

Yes, unless something should happen to him... I'd better brush up on my Slavic languages...

Date: 2010-10-19 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
That's not a bad idea.

*feels peaceful once enveloped in the jungle* It's nice tonight.

Date: 2010-10-19 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
Yes... I don't sense any rain...

Date: 2010-10-19 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
I think we might be in the clear. *looks up at the clear, dark sky and the stars peeking out between breaks in the tree canopy*

Date: 2010-10-19 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
*nearer to the stream now* My only regret about our design of this intensive is that I'll have to be running my own show every day and can't watch you lead people around out here for twelve hours straight.

Date: 2010-10-19 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
And I won't get to see you handling firearms all day. A shame, really.

Date: 2010-10-19 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
I wouldn't be surprised if you had an opportunity to see that soon... *comes to a stop near the edge of the stream*

Date: 2010-10-19 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
*hands on hips as he watches the water* Now why do you say that?

Date: 2010-10-19 03:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
*opens up his bag again* *takes the rabbit out again and places him down right at the edge*

Watch.

Date: 2010-10-19 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
*shoots Ben a confused look, then watches Mister Eight*

Date: 2010-10-19 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
*the rabbit sits there at the edge of the stream* *sniffs around* *hops a little* *then continues to sit there*

What do you see?

Date: 2010-10-19 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
A rabbit sitting at the edge of the stream.

Date: 2010-10-19 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
Exactly... Just sitting there. Doing nothing. I release him to the jungle and what does he do? He just sits.

*picks him back up again, cradling him* Ethan raised him to be a control rabbit for experiments. He's never known pain or trouble. He's so domesticated, he has absolutely no animal instincts.

Date: 2010-10-19 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
*reaches out to pat the rabbit's side, brushing his fingers over Ben's briefly*

So what are you saying?

Date: 2010-10-19 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
*his features subtly soften at that touch, but he otherwise looks darkly contemplative*

We have good intelligence that Charles may be on the move again. We also have (J)'s heavily cloaked warning to consider.

It's been ages since this island has seen a truly serious threat, and now we have possible twin threats on the horizon. For all the preparation we can provide, it still gnaws at me that some of our people are so used to complacency that in the face of real danger, they might just sit there as bewildered as a house pet in nature.

Date: 2010-10-19 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
If it's true, and we do have one or more threats coming here, our people will have to step up or die protecting this island. It's not the way I want it, but that's how it works. The weak perish, even the weakest among us, and that will be the price they pay for complacency. They understand what they have to do, but if they choose to ignore it, then...

Date: 2010-10-19 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
I wonder how that would reflect on me.. that I failed as a leader for not making them stronger or that I succeeded in convincing them this place was worth dying for.

Date: 2010-10-19 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
You're not the only leader who's had complacent people under his watch, Ben.

Date: 2010-10-19 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
*just quiet, looks out at the stream*

Date: 2010-10-19 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
Just remember, they're still here for a reason, just like we all are.

Date: 2010-10-19 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
... *puts the rabbit back in his bag*

... I just have this feeling, Richard.

Date: 2010-10-19 04:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
What feeling do you have?

Date: 2010-10-19 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
That we're about to be tested.

Date: 2010-10-19 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
Well, it's possible, I don't deny that.

Date: 2010-10-19 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlinus.livejournal.com
You've been around for so long. I don't even begin to know what you've seen here. Maybe you have some thoughts on why the ones that survive... survive.

Date: 2010-10-19 04:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
They survive by being talented... ruthless... chosen... special.

Date: 2010-10-19 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-ageless.livejournal.com
We'll get through this, no matter what it is.

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