Antoine knocked at the front door of the Hub. He looked over to the camera up and to his left, waved, and the door popped open. Antoine smiled at Kate who welcomed him in. Antoine looked around, TV was on at the far end and Vidya was seated at her workstation.
“Busy today,” observed Antoine.
“Our intelligence department is doing the work of a dozen people. That’s right-three part timers and half a dozen other even less part timers,” Kate replied.
“So you’re tired?” Antoine asked.
“Of course I’m tired! And a little cranky. What am I saying? A lot cranky. I hate evil,” Kate replied.
Antoine chuckled and agreed before saying, “Hey Vidya.”
“Hey, Antoine. Out late last night?” Vidya inquired.
“Actually sat home and worked on some gaming. Did a little filing work but just chilled,” he told her with a big smile.
“So you came by to give us a hand? I’m about to leave right now so you can take my station,” Vidya smile.
“You having a day out?”
“Yep. Going to the beach. Decided to get up early, put in some work before having fun. Lots to do,” Vidya said very chipper.
Antoine nodded, “I’m going to have some fun myself tonight with friends but I am here to help for now. Or just say ‘hey’ really.”
“Good. Teiwaz, Mizer, Fliopt, King and trying to keep tabs on some of our associates. Busy, boring, tedious work. Also you can now add in this string of superhuman attacks happening,” Kate said before a yawn.
“Anything on those traces for the Jai-Oin case?”
Kate shook her head no and then said, “Ghost called. Took a quick look into our Stanis lady when she was in his part of the world. Nothing to report.”
“I probably need to talk to him soon. Tesla too-governments coming to further complain about his new line of computers,” Antoine said.
“Their going to shut down the Pascal computers? My dad just bought one-loves it,” Vidya said.
“I don’t know what will happen. The ability to cloak oneself on the internet is something that really bothers the government. For good reason but also it allows for more privacy, which is also good,” Antoine said.
“The Pascal computers and tablets are big business, especially for their low prices. It’s not just about the ability to cloak ones activities, which the Pascals only can do so much against government spying-no its also a business move. Tesla’s making a superior product for cheaper than the others. Due to the military contracts and patents he holds he can take a hit with the computers. Obviously he’ll be switching over fully soon, prices will rise but by than everyone will want his machines,” detailed Kate.
“So the corporations want the government to shut down his computer line because it makes their buddies sad. Government wants to shut it down for making it hard to get in. But at the same time they want him to keep working for them?” Vidya asked.
“Pretty much,” Antoine said.
“What jerks,” Vidya said.
“I agree,” Antoine said.
The three made small talk before Vidya bid them farewell. Kate walked her to the door as Antoine made his way toward the couch and the TV. Jack Hughes had his tablet out and working while the news was playing footage from Reina Titán’s recent interview with a British independent journalist. Kid Victory had mixed thoughts on her doing it but he himself has did a few brief interviews before. Not like the one on Reina took on.
The interviewer said to Reina, “You’re referring to the list that was put together, the 10 most powerful in the world. Have you met everyone on the list and do you think they rank?”
Reina Titán responded with, “I met most. Definitely not the Division 1’s golden boy American Made. As for where they rank, the list is about power but they don’t know exactly how powerful Makt is or even Lady Glória. Plus its only power. Red Sprite is an incredible fighter, probably better than a number of people above her on the list. An excellent mind for combat. Probably whup a few people on that list easy.”
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