Verity Gavroche – Comms Log 09023302 – (VIU)

Verity Gavroche – Comms Log 09023302 – (VIU)

Oh Nelson, such a tease x

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From: [CSO Nelson De Rosa (Canonn)|Thompson Dock|Varati] 
To: [CSO Arthur Guin (Varati Independent Union)|Forrskal Hub|Varati] 
Subject: COL 285 SECTOR IX-T D3-43 Shenanigans

Hi Art,

How's the old Orca keeping up, any creaking round the bulkheads?  Sorry, enough about your wife - how's the ship doing?

I should let you know in advance that this is likely to be leaked by our new favourite blood-sucking idealist freelance journo, Ms Verity Gavroche.

(Verity - don't think being a woman is going to save you from my latent psychotic tendencies.  In fact I'll take even greater pleasure from it, you snoopy, dirty, leaking, bitch!  If I ever see you, you'd better be prepared to chow down on your personal terminal with a nice helping of teeth and gums 'au jus', with a biowaste chaser.  You know - the real nasty stuff that they think twice about taking in at the processing plant down on that hell-hole Remec's Arse - sorry Remec Point).


Art - if you've been monitoring our public feeds you'll have seen Ursula's (leaked) message to me about Canonn pilots fighting against your guys over in IX-T D3-43.  All highly embarrassing of course, but I've never been one to shy away from embarrassing situations.

I want to tell you that there was no specific order from the Council or our office instructing our pilots to fight for the Ring against you.

I want to tell you that Canonn pilots definitely did not cash in on the merciless slaughter of the best and brightest of the VIU - pilots who had previously fought side-by-side with us.

I really want to tell you these things, but I can't - because we did.  

Not on my orders you understand - just a reaction by the bigwigs to what they think is pretty naughty behaviour on the part of someone in the VIU.  I'm not so sure, but they tend to get a bit nervous when Dr Arcanonn is being threatened with murder.  And now that Palin seems to have literally dropped off the face of existence, well, it's all looking a bit bloody nasty if you ask me - and it's looking like you lot are right up to your necks in it.

Two words for you.  Well, a name actually: 'Socha Korbemile'.

Would really appreciate you telling me what you, or anyone else, knows about him.  I mean - you know he's dead, obviously, because I announced that publicly last week.  But we think someone over there with you at the VIU Puzzle Palace already knew by then anyway.

That's because Korbemile had been sending reports to a contact on Forsskal for a few weeks.  We can't tell who that contact is, or exactly what he sent, because he had some of the best high security toys at his disposal: the sort of stuff I'd have wet dreams about if I could actually sleep.  

His last message, encrypted with a fractal key dished out by an auto-destructing one-time pad (we found that stashed under his lifeless tongue after interrogation ended so... disappointingly) was broadcast from the Doc's Lab straight at Forsskal by old-school radio transmission.  We only caught it because we were specifically looking, and were able to tie it up with some cam footage showing him using his little toy.  Tenuous, perhaps - but he did confess.

We did also capture some data packets bound for Nganji trickling out of his device as well, but they were all empty - like a ping signal.

So here's the thing.  I don't know it was someone in the VIU.  But that's who I'm going to say it was when the Voice of Varati come asking for more about why Dr Arcanonn is still hiding in a cave and not back with his people.  And let's face it - Forsskal is your station right?  You should know everyone that's there, and what they're up to.  So, given that we've been allies for so long, I'd have thought you'd have been straight on the comms to me, warning me of something going down.

Come to think of it, it's curious that you didn't send a message of concern or support, Art, after my press release last week.  Even dear old Ursula - who I trust as far as I could throw her pretty arse (no offence, Ursula) - reacted in a way I would expect.

So have a little think, and get back to me about Socha if you would.  If you have to bash a few heads, then please do.  Need an answer in a couple of days, otherwise I fear the strategists are going to get to earn their money.




Verity Gavroche